- File Size: 912 KB
- Print Length: 364 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611099781
- Publisher: 47North (April 23, 2013)
- Publication Date: April 23, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AHJGMDI
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- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Andrew E. Kaufman's While The Savage Sleeps is a first-rate forensic whodunit, cleverly masquerading as a supernatural thriller. Those two aspects meshed well and kept me riveted." --Ebook Addict Reviews --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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There are two main characters living in different parts of New Mexico. How they are connected is one of the twists in the book! For the most part, it seems most of the plot itself is full of complicated twists and turns that are impossible to predict.
I have read the book and listened to the audiobook. I probably read the book too fast since I was so into it, but the audiobook was so thrilling, I ended up turning on the lights while listening in bed in the dark one night.
Despite what the other reviews say about this book this is by far one of my new favorite books! I don't think the other reviews are from readers who understood that this book has GORE and VIOLENCE! It's not for the faint of heart. I am stressing that this is a psychological thriller and anyone who's a fan of that genre, will love this book!
I was immediately swallowed up into the story, and did not put this book down until I was finished. I was so anxious to find out what was happening in the story, that "one more chapter" ended up in me completing the book in a day. I love Kaufman's books and hope there will be more to come!
The writing is attention grabbing and at times a little gruesome. At one point I thought I had the story solved, until it went into a unexpected supernatural twist and concluded with a somewhat sorrowful ending. It was an unpredictable story that I finished in two days, and almost didn't want to put it down.
Author: Andrew E. Kaufman
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Kaufman wastes no time in beginning the murderous events, which will continue to unfold in the town of Faith, NM. There is something awry in this, usually, violence free town. Some are aware of the unusual circumstances, unfolding in this close-knit community; however, the typical naysayers, present in every novel, are unconvinced.
Kaufman gives the novel a great non-stop movement, filled with suspense, mystery, violence, and "horror," Additionally, a perceivable "supernatural" undertone, seems to be at work. This "supernatural" or "precognitive" plot, brings Assistant Sheriff Cameron Dawson (Faith, NM) and Dr. Kyle Bancroft (Albuquerque, NM) together, to solve the strange circumstance in Faith, NM.
While the Savage Sleeps, is a suspenseful and forward driven novel. Kaufman does an excellent job at keeping the reader interested and entertained. With so many killings, suddenly occurring, in such a small town; it appears, to be the work of a sadistic serial killer. However, despite the similarities in the killings; the evidence points to more than one killer. Is there really a supernatural force at work, supported by the visions of Dr. Kyle Bancroft, or something else, equally disturbing? What is causing this once quiet town, Faith, NM, to be the location of multiple homicides; vicious crimes, carried out by mild-mannered citizens? The more confident you become in your own mystery solving; the more you will doubt yourself.
The novel is a guessing game...Kaufman is great at keeping readers interested, and has an imaginative writing technique. While he does through in some forensics, police procedure, interview techniques, etc... The reader is able to dismiss incorrect technical issues and procedural errors, due to the inexperience / relaxed environment of a small town Sheriff's department.
The main premise of the novel and eventual conclusion, is interesting enough, without the added distraction of Dr. Bancroft. She is really the "achilles's heel" of the novel. Her strange psychic powers and annoying self-doubt, caused me to dislike her character and my overall enjoyment of the book. Obviously, Kaufman had his own vision when writing the novel, and felt that she served an important role.
I give "While the Savage Sleeps" four stars and recommend it to anyone interested in suspense thrillers over police procedural or hard-boiled crime novels. With a less convoluted plot (sans Dr. Bancroft), I believe this novel would be a 5-star read!
If you enjoy suspense thrillers like: "Abandoned," "Pines," and "Run" by author Blake Crouch - I think this novel is for you!
If you are more of a Brett Battles, Michael Prescott, or Lee Child fan, you may want to pass on this one.
I hope my review was fair and helpful. Thanks! Michael.
Top international reviews
The reason for the murders is in the end pretty ridiculous, compounded by the fact that , for virtually the whole novel, the author and his characters fail to mention the equivalent of Count Dracula’s castle perched on the mountain overlooking the town.
Also the heart-tugging last chapter is a blatant rip off of the Sixth Sense moment with the boy and his Mum in a car.
I almost didn't buy this book as I knew that the subject matter related heavily to paranormal activity and that sort of stuff just turns me off. However, other good reviews persuaded me to take a chance and I'm glad that they did. The book is very well crafted, with well rounded and developed characters and excellently evocative descriptions of place. The basic detective story is well paced and compelling and that part of the story is completely believable and absorbing with the 'human' touches being just right to add depth. Although, as I said, the paranormal half of the story (actually, more like 30%) is not my taste, this book deals with that subject in a far more pragmatic manner than some others and so wasn't too 'offensive' to me; apologies to those who are true believers! There were only two, fairly small, sections of the paranormal parts that grated with me. Firstly, there is the instant, utter and unconditional acceptance of the hard bitten deputy sheriff of the fact of ghosts, paranormal contact etc and it's value in his investigation. At no point does anyone in the story say "What a load of b*******!" and need convincing. The second problem is that Mr Kaufman seems to have decided, almost as an afterthought, to add a sickly sweet ending of 'hands-on healing' for our hero. I suspect that this was supposed to have me weeping when, in fact, I just reached for the sick bag.
OK, that's my prejudices and grumbles out of the way. As a detective story, this was engrossing and very well written and held my attention completely. That's why I gave it four stars!
I don't want to give any spoilers away but it felt a bit like the first draft was a story for a screenplay and the author then decided to write a novel instead. He has some nice turns of phrase and describes well so that would be fine. But the end of the book feels like a detailed draft of a slightly different type of story.
So overall I'd have gone for 4 stars if it had finished as well as it started but drop one for the too obvious switch between the novel and the rushed ending.
I am very glad I did.
The book was very well written and had me gripped from the start and kept me awake as I just wanted to read another little bit and then yet another little bit to see what was going to happen next.
The reason for the happenings within the book were very interesting and kept you guessing through until the end and loved the method in how it happened (sorry I know a little vague but don't want to ruin the story for you).
There is a good mixture of a thriller, slight love story, horror and heartbreak in this book that was blended very well together by the author.
I don't know of anyone regardless of gender or age that would not find something in this book they would like so get to it and give it a go!
This was, I believe, the author's debut novel and was much acclaimed. Maybe it's just me, probably because I was disappointed with the whole psychic thing. I don't think I'll buy any more of his books, although to be fair I only ;paid 99p for this one so I can't really grumble. It was readable.
Well worth taking the time to read, filled with questions that keep you guessing all the way through.
The storyline unfolded so well you could not predict what would happen next or in which direction the story would go, which was very unusual these days. The tension built so slowly at times I didn't even realize that I was holding my breath.
A brilliant debut novel. 4.5 stars