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The One That Got Away Kindle Edition
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Graduate students Zoë and Holli only mean to blow off some steam on their road trip to Las Vegas. But something goes terribly wrong on their way home, and the last time Zoë sees her, Holli is in the clutches of a sadistic killer. Zoë flees with her life, changed forever.
A year later and still tortured with guilt, Zoë latches on to a police investigation where the crime eerily resembles her abduction. Along with a zealous detective, she retraces the steps of that fateful night in the desert, hoping that her memory will return and help them find justice for Holli. Her abductor—labeled the “Tally Man” by a fascinated media—lies in wait for Zoë. For him, she is not a survivor but simply the one that got away.
With an unforgettable heroine, a chillingly disturbed psychopath, and a story that moves at breakneck speed, The One That Got Away is thriller writer Simon Wood at his finest.
“Simon Wood’s The One That Got Away turns the serial killer convention upside down in a genuinely suspenseful novel.” —Charlaine Harris, author of The Day Shift
"Simon Wood's dark, suspenseful thriller is a winner. Zoe Sutton is one of the most compelling, interesting, and complex heroines I've read in a long time. Wood is a master at ratcheting up the suspense—he starts strong on page one, and doesn't let up until the final sentence. Wood is at the top of his game with The One That Got Away." —Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of Notorious
"Wrenchingly intense—the talented Simon Wood goes psychologically dark and deeply disturbing. For those who like their thrillers twisty, shocking, and relentless." —Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Truth Be Told
"Marvelously nerve-racking, The One That Got Away is a wicked roller-coaster of suspense that paints a realistic picture of a serial murderer and Zoë Sutton, the one prey that got away. You won’t want to sleep once you start reading." —Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassins and The Book of Spies
From the Publisher
This fast-paced thriller is not for the faint of heart. Zoë Sutton lives with the weight of knowing that she escaped from an abduction while her friend did not. But survivor’s guilt applies only to survivors. With the killer at large, Zoë’s safety is far from assured.
In Marshall Beck, Simon has created a psychopath on par with Ted Bundy or John Wayne Gacy. He is a sadistic killer who relishes the hunt as much as the kill. When Beck returns to finish what he started, he and Zoë head on a collision course that will bring either death or redemption—or both.
Their ultimate showdown is one of the best I’ve ever read, and indeed my heart was racing and my fingertips moist as I sped to the end. Job well done, Simon.
- Anh Schluep, Editor
- ASIN : B007GFGTAW
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (March 1, 2015)
- Publication date : March 1, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1401 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 295 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #65,450 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #394 in Serial Killers
- #977 in Murder
- #1,241 in Serial Killer Thrillers
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Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2018
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I am not sure about this, but I think this book was a “Kindle First” book I chose with my prime membership.
This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed this one well enough to go back for more.
Zoe and Holli, two girls working hard on obtaining their PHD's, decide to kick up their heels for a change, so they drive from San Francisco to Las Vegas and hoop it up for awhile. But, things go horribly awry and Zoe wakes up to Holli's screams and the horrible realization she is being held captive and whatever is happening to Holli, is going to happen to her next. But, Zoe manages to escape... however, Holli was never seen or heard from again.
A year passes, and now Zoe is a completely different person, with dreams of acquiring a PHD long forgotten. She is working as a mall cop now, is in therapy, and still showing signs of PTSD on top of what one might term “survivor's guilt”.
But, when by sheer chance, Zoe hears of a murder victim she is positive was killed by her own abductor, she begins working alongside the police to catch the guy and puts herself directly into the line of fire as a result. Will Zoe find peace or will she lose the fight the second time around?
This is a dark, graphic, tense, and fast paced thriller that will suck you in from the first chapter on. Zoe is a mess after having survived her ordeal, haunted by the death of her friend, and consumed, or maybe ravaged is a better word, by guilt. Her psychological behavior is most curious as it certainly does appear Zoe is attempting to put herself in risky situations on purpose, perhaps as a way of punishing herself for having left Holli behind.
The murders were disturbing enough, but the underlying theme that women should be “good girls” , meaning they should not go out and have fun, flirt with men, or drink, was not only picked up by the inner thoughts of our killer, but even Zoe's therapist pointed out her provocative clothing was waving an “I'm asking for it” sign. Zoe too, seemed to buy into that logic, by going out at night, alone, dressed a certain way, and having a few too many, she believed she was putting herself in harm's way, which was something she seemed to hope would happen, recreating the Vegas scenario.
Do you think if a woman goes out dressed up in sexy clothes, has a few drinks, and maybe flirts a little, that she is asking to be raped, abducted, or murdered?
The sicko killer having those thoughts was in line with the character, but I did cringe when the therapist also made this suggestion to Zoe. I understood he was pointing out certain behaviors, prompting her to examine her motives, which was a valid point. However, I did I think he was sending out the wrong message by mentioning the way she was dressed. Otherwise, the good doctor went above and beyond for his patient was the best support system Zoe had.
I had the feeling Zoe was a ticking time bomb and was quite concerned about her, but then she finds purpose by joining forces with a determined cop to stop a dangerous serial killer. From this point on, the suspense is absolutely edge of your seat. The last paragraph of chapter twelve guaranteed I would not be putting this book down until the last chapter was read.
There was only one weak area for me in the book, and that was the the killer's psychological state of mind and a full explanation of his motives were pretty much skimmed over. I would have liked more clarification or maybe a brief recap in the last chapter, just so I was sure I had picked up on all the finer points.
Otherwise, I thought this was a solid psychological thriller, quite thought provoking and chilling. If you can handle graphic violence, creepy serial killers, and edgy suspense, then this book has your name on it.
I wanted more romance between cop and victim.
I also wanted more history on the other victims and what made the killer. But overall a quick read.
A year later Zoë is still suffering from PTSD and Holli has never been found after Zoë got home she dropped out of school took a job as a mall security guard and is taking self-defense classes . She’s also seeing a shrink for her PTSD and her impulse control because she seems to keep putting herself in situations that may put her back in danger and has had a few run ins with the cops because the littlest touch sets Zoë into a rage. Then there is another murder that sounds like what she remembers seeing Holli go through. But can the cops believe her? Is she a victim or a killer or just a nutcase they should be wary of?
I had trouble putting this book down; I needed to know what happens next and when we see the story from the killer’s point of view we realize Zoë is not safe and this guy is a whack job. I liked that the story was told from both sides for me it upped the tension because Zoë kept putting herself out there even after she realized the man who took her was right in her own town. I also understood in some way where Zoë was coming from she wanted this guy caught she wanted to find Holli and that catching him might ease some of the survivors guilt she feels the guilt of leaving Holli there. Yes there are times you have to shake your head and say oh Zoë. However that just adds to the tension because she is working on pure adrenaline and in the back of head knows she is putting herself in danger again but seems to not be able to stop herself.
Ok I’ll stop now, as you can tell I really liked this one and would highly recommend it. I will also be reading more from this author because I liked his style.
This is a fast paced thriller that is hard to put down. The killer is intelligent and relentless and Zoe is resourceful. Unfortunately she is also irritating, abrasive and hot tempered. I was flabbergasted when people kept telling her she should become a cop. That is all the police force needs, another unbalanced officer with a hair trigger. How would she ever pass the psychologicals? Frankly, I liked the killer more than Zoe especially when he targeted the animal abusers. It is predictable but still great entertainment.
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I read lots of books, one after the other and I have to say this is the best book I have read so far. I had not heard of Simon Wood but the plot intrigued me.
The story gripped me from the first page and kept me there until I had sadly finished it. I did not want to put it down for a moment, there was never a lull in the story in which I thought about grabbing some lunch, or getting some sleep...this was far too exciting and I just had to know what happened next.
I am sometimes disappointed with the ending of a book, but not this one...the ending was as powerful and as gripping as the beginning.
Excellently written and great characters.
Will defiantly be reading more of his work - He also writes under the name of Simon Janus. 5 glowing stars from me.
The book then is of the generic thriller type with a good plot that has enough to make it different. The story is very well told and you certainly do feel yourself hooked. In fact, it's certainly a very enjoyable and compelling read.
I can't really point to any significant negatives here. It's all good. So have a read!
This is the 2nd Simon Wood thriller I have read and both have been excellent. Gripping heart racing everything a thriller should be. I will be reading more by this author
This book is still very much in my mind over a year later so I wanted to add to my review as I dont feel I did the book justice back then. This book is 'edge of your seat' gripping and Simon expertly described the effect of post traumatic stress and survivor guilt. The characters are realistic and well developed throughout the book. This was one of the first books I read by this author and I have since made up for lost time and have never been disappointed. I am still hoping that Simon will write a sequel to this.
While it didn't have me glued to my Kindle, this is a solid, well written, book. I liked the characters, the story ticked over at a good pace and it had a satisfying ending. It makes a nice change to have a book actually conclude rather than open things up for a series.
Well worth a read.