- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 35 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Joe Konrath Books LTD
- Audible.com Release Date: August 2, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01J2BHPGO
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Webcam: A Novel of Terror Audiobook – Unabridged
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In the beginning, I really had some high hopes for this novel. While I felt the villain was predictable (and figured out the who/why part at about 25% into the book), the scenes were still enough to make you pause, and the gore/violence was sufficient for horror fans. Throughout it all, "Kilborn's" trademark humor in dark situations was in top form.
The few problems I, personally, had with WEBCAM were: the author's linking of his other novels throughout the e-book version (I just felt that was a tacky marketing technique that he's been using as of late); the romance between two characters took up way too much of the novel--taking away from the "terror" that we were supposed to be feeling, and thereby lessening it; multiple editorial errors; the fact that part of the novel repeated some of the EXACT SAME SCENES as another (that I had just read from him last month); and the ultimate ending felt extremely anticlimactic--as if he just threw it together in a few minutes because he had gotten bored with the story, himself.
Why the three stars then? The overall idea behind it was something that made me think "what if...". Also, as mentioned above, Kilborn's dark humor and scenes of torture were still present, making the first half or more of the novel very interesting. Without the repetition of scenes from the other novel, and a stronger ending (that had more to do with the actual villain and characters), I could have seen this as a 3.5 at least.
I hope that Kilborn/Konrath doesn't continue to add links to other books of his in future titles, and abandons the idea of "linked" story timeframes as well.
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.
Webcam had a couple of twists that I wasn't ready for and as the others, it kept you tuned in. My only complaint is the final "showdown scene" seemed a little anticlimactic. I'm nitpicking, I loved it, just wanted more.
Overall, it's a great read. A few others in the collective I found more entertaining, but this was money well spent.
I'm fully aware that as I am writing this review, the tiny inconspicuous camera at the top of my laptop is staring right at me. The camera is always off. (At least I think it is.) With today's technology, any person anywhere in the world can turn on my webcam and enter my life, and I wouldn't even know it. It's a scary thought, and it just goes to show, it doesn't matter how careful you try to be on the internet, there are always ways around your protection. I will continue to be amazed and baffled by the amount of personal information people put online. Especially after reading this book.
I have come to expect the macabre, twisted psychopaths that Kilborn dreams up. And The Snipper killer is defiantly up there with his most colourful creations. You're probably wondering why this maniac is called The Snipper. It's because this maniac has an affinity for eyelids. Or lack there of. With bodies stacked to the ceiling - or stuffed into barrels - and fear mounting in the city of Chicago, lovelorn homicide detective Tom Mankowski and his partner Roy are on the case. That is if their girlfriends aren't busy whinging about their long hours and moaning about the lack of alone time. Honestly, I was rooting for those two to be killed. Especially Joan, she had it coming.
The killer is targeting webcam models. Specifically girls named Kendal. Not their screen names. Their real names. Again with the frightening Skynet style computer hacking, The Snipper worms his way into each girls life and gets knife-happy. The girls deserve Penance. They are sinners. And the only way to atone for their sins is through pain. Sorority girl Kendal Smith is next on The Snipper's list, but with her paranoid delusions and OCD counting habits, she doesn't know if she's in danger of a killer or of losing her mind.
This is a thrill ride from start to finish. I can't tell you how much I've missed the gore-fest that is a Kilborn novel. And with an open (terrifying) ending, the door is open to more Snipper fun. Because there are so many more sinners in the world. All waiting for Penance.
By the way, I have covered my webcam with masking tape so if any crazy killers have any ideas, find another hobby.