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Judas Child [Mass Market Paperback]

Carol O'Connell
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Aug 1999
Sadie's purple bike was found abandoned at the bus stop. Then her friend disappeared, which led the police to propose a runaway theory to the press. But State Police Investigator Rouge Kendall wasn't convinced, thinking back 15 years to the imprisonment of Father Paul Marie for a similar crime.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Jove Books (Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515125490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515125498
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,663,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone knows that they caught the local child killer, and that formerly popular local priest Father Paul Marie is doing hard time. Everyone is so sure that, when 15 years later two little girls disappear, the police are sure that they have run away and will turn up soon. Everyone, that is, except for state police investigator Rouge, whose sister was the victim 15 years ago, and scarred beautiful criminologist Ali, who believes Father Paul Marie's claims of innocence. They have their own problems--why is his family broke, and what caused her scar? Things are not going as well as they might for the killer either; this particular pair of children have resources of pluck and ingenuity that constantly baffle him.

This is a departure for O'Connell; she has abandoned her usual detective, high-tech psychopath Mallory and her crew of misfits, for people less obviously extraordinary and brings the same skewed intelligent vision of human capability to bear on them. The switches between investigators trying to unravel past and present, and victims surviving against the odds, successfully wind up the tension to an almost unendurable pitch; O'Connell turns in a virtuoso combination of detection and suspense that is her best book yet. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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" 'A heart-stopping novel of intelligence and suspense' - Frances Fyfield, Mail on Sunday. 'Compulsive reading, a genuine page-turner in which the "whodunit" is only part of the puzzle' - The Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carol O'Connell fans MUST read this book 12 Mar 2004
By chrissy
Format:Paperback
I actually cannot find the words to adequately describe this brilliant book. Carol O'Connell has got to be the best writer there was or is. Judas Child is a stunning, haunting and utterly extraordinary story that will grip you by the heart. This story of lost girls and a community torn is absolutely harrowing. Carol O'Connell's use of language beggars belief in all her books but in this story you will be startled by the intimacy and immediacy that pervades every word. I finished the last word of the story and was compelled to immediately start it all over. I would be astounded if I was the only one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I SEE DEAD PEOPLE... 26 Jan 2003
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is an intensely gripping, suspenseful, tautly written, psychological thriller. The author, a master storyteller, weaves a compelling tapestry of events, as well as a complex plot in which history seems to repeat itself.
Several days before Christmas, in a small, bucolic, tightly knit town, two ten year old girls, best friends, Sadie Green and Gwen Hubble, suddenly disappear. One of the local cops, Rouge Kendall, becomes involved in the investigation and manhunt that ensues. The case calls to mind his own brush with a madman, when fifteen years earlier his own ten year old, twin sister, Susan, had likewise been abducted. She was found murdered on Christmas Day, and his family never fully recovered from the blow they were dealt by Susan's untimely and grisly death. A local priest, Father Paul Marie, was arrested for Susan's abduction and murder, tried, and convicted.
Enter Ali Cray, a former classmate of Rouge and Susan, who is now a forensic psychologist. Facially disfigured, she carries with her emotional baggage from her past. Yet, she is determined to make sure that justice is done in this case. She has a theory of the case about which she feels strongly. She believes that one of the girls functioned as a Judas child, a secondary target who is used as bait to lure the primary target into a trap. She also believes that Susan Kendall's fifteen year old abduction and murder and the current abductions are linked, notwithstanding the fact that Paul Marie is incarcerated at the time of Sadie's and Gwen's apparent abduction. Should Ali Cray be proven correct in her theory, an innocent man has been paying for the crimes of another all this time.
The author serves up a brilliant narrative, imbuing the two abducted girls with personalities that hook the viewers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!.... 26 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant. O'Connel excels with this novel. The tension builds up from page one, and the reader is immediately enmeshed in the story teller's web. The goodies are very good, and the baddies are particularly odious. This novel gives you everything - stylish characterisation, brilliant plot, fine prose - in a word its a stunning book. The juxtaposition between Mortimer Cray and the killer was masterly - and for someone like me, who likes to see the baddies get their comeuppance - well she delivers in spades. The ending was very satisfying. I've now read all O'Connell's books, and this one stands up really well against her Mallory stories. Perhaps she might consider writing another novel to include both Kathy Mallory and Rouge Kendall - go on Carol, you know you want to!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I screamed near the end ! 19 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Another fantastic book by Carol OConnell ; be warned when I got to the twist in the story I screamed out " NO " on the train - most embarassing ! - its just I wasnt prepared for it !
Great story ; sad ; profound ; spooky ; well worth the money .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Judas Child 10 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
One of the best books I have read in a long time! I am always on the look out for new and original crime authors and after this book I belive that Carol O'Connell is one of the best! I bought the book on the spur of the moment and I am so glad that I did. At parts a little upsetting because of the intensity of the characters the book demands continuous reading until you finally reach the climax. In these books you are always trying to second guess the guilty party but I can assure you, you can't. Truly amazing, I am out to buy the rest of her books!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars isn't enough 11 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I've read all of Carol o'connell's books, and all i can say is she just get's better and better. I tell friends about her and all they say is 'Who'. When will Carol O'Connell get the recognition she deserves. Judas Child is one of the best books i have ever read, the characters were so visual, the plot so intense, the mystery went to the end, and the twist, well you'll just have to read it yourself to appreciate it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an ending!!!!!!!!!! 12 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback
I couldn't put it down! This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I could easily imagine this book as film and would pay good money to watch it. From first to last every page is full of suspense and intrigue.I love a book that I can't guess the ending and this one is almost mpossible.Absolutely excellent!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - very dark, great ending 15 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I love the Malory novels. At first when I bought Judas child and saw it wasn't a malory novel I was disappointed. That didn't last long. I really loved this book. The characters were great. The kids, the adults, were all real and very belivable. I thought the ending was highly original. I read it in one sitting. What can I say 5 stars all the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read
Great book, great writer. I read this book a few years ago and really enjoyed it, looking forward to reading it again
Published 8 months ago by Marie Boyle
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I have this in hardback and was one of the first one's i bought for my kindle. It is an excellent thriller, the characters are really interesting and you care what happens to all... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Judas Child
This is one of the best books I have read. The characters are rounded and in some cases unforgettable. I am a great fan of the author. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Cherril
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching story
I loved this book.Because of health issues,I read lots of book,and always have a good supply on my kindle. Read more
Published on 1 May 2012 by Tracey Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to enjoy
This is a truly fantastic book. If you're thinking about buying or reading it - stop thinking and do it !!

Carol O'Connell has created a unique tale. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2007 by Shelagh
5.0 out of 5 stars O'Connell's best work
I ordered this book having enjoyed Carol O'Connell's Mallory books, and feel as though I have been bowled over. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2004 by S. M. Hillman
5.0 out of 5 stars I SEE DEAD PEOPLE...
This is an intensely gripping, suspenseful, tautly written, psychological thriller. The author, a master storyteller, weaves a compelling tapestry of events, as well as a complex... Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2003 by Lawyeraau
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting reading
This book is so original in this genre. It had me hooked from the beginning and continued to enthrall til the end. Even then I still had to recap. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2003 by Tracy Sedgemore
5.0 out of 5 stars I SEE DEAD PEOPLE...
This is an intensely gripping, suspenseful, tautly written, psychological thriller. The author, a master storyteller, weaves a compelling tapestry of events, as well as a complex... Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2002 by Lawyeraau
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