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WEBCAM (The Konrath Dark Thriller Collective Book 7) Kindle Edition
He lurks in the untouchable recesses of the black web.
He's watching you. Right now.
When watching is no longer enough, he comes calling.
He's the last thing you'll ever see before the blood gets in your eyes.
Chicago Homicide Detective Tom Mankowski (The List, Haunted House) is no stranger to homicidal maniacs. But this one is the worst he's ever chased, with an agenda that will make even the most diehard horror reader turn on all their lights, and switch off all Internet, wifi, computers, and electronic devices.
Konrath reaches down into the depths of depravity and drags the terror novel kicking and cyber-screaming into the 21st century.
WEBCAM by J.A. Konrath
I'm texting you from inside your closet. Wanna play? :)
If you are a more sensitive (or adventurous) reader, the Konrath scale rates specific categories from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest) to give you some idea if this is your kind of book.
WEBCAM by JA Konrath
Scary - 8
Violent - 7
Funny - 4
Sexy - 5
Crossover - Characters also appear in the Jack Daniels Thriller series and the Jack Daniels and Associates Mystery series
From the Publisher
This Is The Good Stuff You've Been Looking For
WHAT MAKES GREAT HORROR
Checklist For Readers
- Can't Put It Down
- Give You Nightmares
- Great Villains
- Freaks You Out
- Heroes To Root For
- Emotional Impact
- Fantastic Ending
Strap in tight, because this is going to be one helluva ride...
The Dark Thriller Collective
Thrills, Chills, & Suspense Galore
Do you like your thrillers on the Dark Side?
Do you like a few scares along with your suspense?
Do you like books that make you turn on the light and check to see if the doors are locked?
Do you like really morbid humor?
Welcome to the Dark Thriller Collective...
You'll grip the book so hard you'll break your own fingers...
"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
For the completists, or those with a bit of obsessive/compulsiveness, or the folks that just like my stuff and want to know how it all connects, I have a lot of recurring characters and intertwined series. If you need to know the best reading order, or how to make sure you haven't missed anything, check out the bibliography page on my website. You can also visit there to see when a new title will be released.
If you're just looking for a quick checklist, here are my main series.
These do not have to be read in any particular order, but I encourage you to read them all.
JACQUELINE "JACK" DANIELS THRILLERS
#8-Stirred (with Blake Crouch)
Bonus #2.5-Lady 52 (with Jude Hardin)
JACK DANIELS AND ASSOCIATES MYSTERIES
#1-Dead On My Feet
#2-Jack Daniels Stories Vol. 1
#3-Shot Of Tequila
#4-Jack Daniels Stories Vol. 2
#6-Serial Killers Uncut (with Blake Crouch)
#7-Jack Daniels Stories Vol. 3
#9-Jack Daniels Stories Vol. 4
THE KONRATH DARK THRILLER COLLECTIVE
#9-What Happened To Lori
#12-Close Your Eyes
Bonus #4.5-Holes in the Ground (with Iain Rob Wright)
Bonus #5.5-Draculas (with Blake Crouch, Jeff Strand, F. Paul Wilson)
Bonus #6.5-Grandma? (with Talon Konrath)
CODENAME: CHANDLER (Ann Voss Peterson & JA Konrath)
#7-Fix (with F. Paul Wilson)
STOP A MURDER PUZZLE BOOKS
#1-How: Puzzles 1-12
#2-Where: Puzzles 13-24
#3-Why: Puzzles 25-36
#4-Who: Puzzles 37-48
#5-When: Puzzles 49-60
Stop A Murder Complete Cases (Book 1-5)
65 Proof - Collected Short Stories
The Globs Of Use-A-Lot 3 (With Dan Maderak)
Ann Voss Peterson & Joe Konrath writing as Melinda DuChamp
MAKE ME BLUSH series
#1-Kinky Secrets Of Mister Kink
#2-Kinky Secrets Of Witches
#3-Kinky Secrets Of Six & Candy
#1-Kinky Secrets Of Alice In Wonderland
#2-Kinky Secrets Of Alice Through The Looking Glass
#3-Kinky Secrets Of Alice At The Hellfire Club
#4-Kinky Secrets Of Alice Vs. Dracula
#5-Kinky Secrets Of Alice Vs. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
#6-Kinky Secrets Of Alice Vs. Frankenstein
#7-Kinky Secrets Of Alice's Christmas Special
#1-Kinky Secrets Of Jezebel And The Beanstalk
#2-Kinky Secrets Of Puss In Boots
#3-Kinky Secrets Of Goldilocks
#1-The Sexperts - Kinky Grades Of Shay
#2-The Sexperts - Kinky Secrets Of The Pearl Necklace
#3-The Sexperts - Kinky Secrets Of The Alien
- ASIN : B01CVWSXCQ
- Publication date : April 15, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 609 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #79,947 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.
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.