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WEBCAM (The Konrath Dark Thriller Collective Book 7) Kindle Edition
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"It's the best piece of fiction I've read in several years. It simply NEVER lets up." - James Rollins, author of The Last Odyssey
"Fast and ferocious, this is a dangerous thriller that will take a bite out of you." - Jonathan Maberry, author of V-Wars
"Bring on the sequel!" - BookPage
"A startling novel, from its thrilling onset to horrific closing pages." - Michael Laimo, author of Dead Souls
"Oozes with stylistic violence." - Shots.uk
"A bloody, terrifying, hurtling assault across a landscape of non-stop mayhem. A guilty, guilty pleasure." - F. Paul Wilson, author of The Keep
"An absolutely relentless nightmare. Horror fans will be wiping blood out of their eyes with glee." - Jeff Strand, author of Pressure
"Fans of gross-out horror will love it." - Publishers Weekly
"You'll probably need a shrink when you're done." - Edward Lee, author of The Backwoods
From the Author
If you're just looking for a quick checklist, here are my main series.
JACQUELINE "JACK" DANIELS THRILLERS
JACK DANIELS AND ASSOCIATES MYSTERIES
THE KONRATH DARK THRILLER COLLECTIVE
CODENAME: CHANDLER (with Ann Voss Peterson)
STOP A MURDER Solve-It Series
#1-How: Puzzles 1-12
#3-Why: Puzzles 25-36
#4-Who: Puzzles 37-48
#5-When: Puzzles 49-60
Writing as MELINDA DUCHAMP
#1-Fifty Shades Of Alice In Wonderland
#2-Fifty Shades Of Alice Through The Looking Glass
#3-Fifty Shades Of Alice At The Hellfire Club
#1-Fifty Shades Of Jezebel And The Beanstalk
#2-Fifty Shades Of Puss In Boots
#3-Fifty Shades Of Goldilocks
#1-The Sexperts - Fifty Grades Of Shay
#2-The Sexperts - The Girl With The Pearl Necklace
#3-The Sexperts - Loving the Alien
- ASIN : B01CVWSXCQ
- Publication date : April 15, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 483 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #138,146 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Webcam is the story of a serial killer who is stalking and killing webcam girls named Kendall. He thinks he is saving their souls or something. Making them pay for their sins. And I wish we could have had more of the killer. More of what he did and what made him him. That was why I picked up this book to read for Halloween. I wanted a scary, horrifying read and I got glimpses of the book I wanted. The killer himself, the descriptions of the murder scenes and everything was shudder inducing. I cannot imagine what those girls went through. Seriously this author can make up some truly horrifying situatuins. And I love it.
But most of the book felt like it was about the detective, Tom, and how he is in love with his long distance girlfriend who is visiting. How he shouldn't be working, but he has to. How she gets upset that he leaves to do his job while she is there. How he wants to marry her, but they have an agreement that neither will ask the other to give up their jobs or move to be with the other. Their whole storyline? Well I will say this - maybe romance is not the authors strong suit. It didn't feel real. I never got any emotions between the two of them. I was told they were in love. I was told she would get upset or he would feel bad, but I didn't see it. I didn't feel it. I didn't care about them at all. So it wasn't that great. If I don't care what happens to your main characters then if something bad happens it is no big deal.
You also have the story of one of the Kendall's the killer is stalking. His next victim. I liked those parts more than the detective's part. I liked that she is not actually who the killer goes for. She is not his normal victim. She thinks she might be crazy and making it all up. That was fun and I could have done with a bit more of it. The stalking was pretty creepy.
Now as I said most of the book is focused on Tom and his investigation and how it affected his love life. The writing in those parts was not very good for me. It was stilted and just not what I expected from this author. I was still enjoying it well enough, but then I realized I only had a few minutes left in the book and a situation that had yet to be resolved and the whole ending felt very rushed. Like suddenly everything worked out tada! It didn't help with the meh feeling of the story when it felt like it wasn't fully flushed out at the end. Oh well. I have the other Afraid books to re-read when I want my horrifying situation fix.
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
Jack Kilborn is JA Konrath's go-to pseudonym for horror books, and they're usually billed as "A Novel Of Terror." Such books have included Afraid, Trapped, Endurance, Haunted House, and (I think) a few others. For me, Afraid has stood at the top of these offerings and is the pinnacle of Kilborn's efforts. The sequence listed above also carries with it a certain staple that I expect in a Kilborn book - primarily intense, squirm-inducing violence that is graphically rendered, and a whole bucketfuls of spilled blood, guts, and gore. The villains are bat-shit crazy psychotics, occasionally of the inbred variety, and the good guys are normal people caught up in unexpected horrors that are way, way, way over their heads.
In WEBCAM, a nutjob is killing webcam models. Given the endless stream of horror that pretty much is the Internet these days, this seems like perfect fodder for some Kilborn scares. Unfortunately, much of what I dug in previous Kilborn books are sorely lacking here. I didn't find myself squirming uncomfortably as I did back in the days when Afraid and Trapped hit my Kindle, and it seems like more than a little stretch of the imagination to call this a Novel Of Terror since there's not actually much real terror in it. At least not for my tastes.
What WEBCAM is, though, is a fairly standard but mostly well-delivered serial killer police procedural that feels more like a high-tech, watered-down retread of the movie Seven than a straight-up fright fest. Things run smoothly for the most part, although I found the relationship between lead character Detective Tom Mankowski and his visiting long-distance girlfriend grew weary rather quickly. And the finale is more concerned with shoehorning in Konrath's long-running series staple, Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels, and adding in a few unnecessary layers to the story's end all in the name of developing a cross-over with a few other newly released Konrath titles. The climax is rushed to an abrupt and unsatisfying finish, as if the author grew bored with the material or was running up against a hard, self-imposed deadline.
On the bright side, WEBCAM is certainly a decent time-killer, and it does have a few cat-and-mouse thrills in it, along with a few chuckles here and there. And that cover design is absolutely brilliant!
The story in WebCam is just that: possible. While it wasn't as gruesome as some of his other tales, I still found the tension high and the writing incredible. He builds fantastic characters though I dislike that I've ended up reading the books out of sequence because sometimes I know the outcome of other books before I can get time to read them. The series intertwine a bit, so the "will this character survive or not" aspect of some books is not as strong. I usually want the character to survive so it's ok with me overall. And I keep reading so that's the tell-all.
Webcams are everywhere in this story! Not one character realizes just how creepy it would be, if some crazy person was watching them, night and day.... That is, until it's too late!!!
A MUST READ....With the lights on, if necessary...LOL.
The author did a great job Of using how easy it is to hack technology to spy and listen in on others into the story.
I promise you will think twice about who is wat Hong and listening in while reading this book!!
Overall, I can’t wait to read the next book!! Great job.
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Also, gets you thinking about the technology we live with day in and day out. Gets you thinking - how secure is anything?!
Looking forward to the next instalment, if there is going to be one.