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The 12th Victim

The 12th Victim [Kindle Edition]

Katia Lief
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The plotting and timing of this story is absolutely perfect, and the author does an incredible job keeping the reader's interest and making it completely impossible for readers to solve the mystery. (Suspense Magazine )

Intense and suspenseful, with a strong, vulnerable heroine and an intriguing plot, this one will keep readers guessing. A riveting read. (Romantic Times )

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The new Karin Shaeffer serial killer thriller

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1109 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091944783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091944780
  • ASIN: B008674EVU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,213 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in France to American parents, Katia Lief moved to the United States as a baby and was raised in Massachusetts and New York. She teaches fiction writing as a part-time faculty member at the New School in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trundles along.... 20 Aug 2012
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Having read the other 2 books in Katia Lief's Karin Schaeffer series I was looking forward to this one. With the synopsis telling us that young women are being murdered and Karin and Mac's best friend Billy becomes the lead detective it sounded interesting. The last book in the series was okay, it was certainly readable but I felt it was lacking a certain something. This third instalment was only 368 pages so whatever the book was like it wouldn't take me long to get through.

It doesn't take long for the reader to re-establish themselves with Karin and her husband Mac. They live with their young son Ben and Mac is suffering from a serious bout of flu when Karin gets a call from their close friend Billy. Billy is the lead detective on a new case but is suffering from post traumatic stress. This ultimately starts the story with a more personal element and the crime scene seems to be secondary to this. However, it soon becomes apparent that Billy's attacks are more frequent and this leads to Karin's involvement in the cases.

At around the halfway mark, I found myself enjoying the book but it just seemed to trundle along and there was no real urgency to the story. I found myself getting irritated by the constant referral to Billy's stress attacks and this lessened the enjoyment somewhat. The crimes themselves could have worked out really well as all the key ingredients were there. We had murder, human trafficking and numerous suspects but it just didn't seem to gel together well enough.

The elements of the book I enjoyed the most was the main characters themselves and I think Karin, Mac and Billy make great key characters in a series like this. If the crime elements were notched up a bit then the end result would be a lot better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Item was as ordered 26 Jan 2014
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I Chose this rating as the item was as ordered and as how I expected
delivery was as stated when ordered
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anthony 8 Nov 2012
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Being a a regular buyer of Katia Lief books for my Kindle from Amazon, The 12th Victim was as enjoyable as all the others.Keepthem coming Amazon.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read 24 Sep 2012
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This is the third Katia Lief book I have read and if I am brutally honest she's not the best author I have read. However, having said that, if you are looking for a 'not too heavy' read then she is entertaining and I did find I wanted to finish the book to see what happens, and I wouldn't say no to reading another of her books. I'd rate her as 3 out of 5 for her books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's rather good 12 Sep 2012
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This is my first book by Katia Lief. The book gives quite a few sudden shockwaves for those of us adrenaline junkies, and overall a quite enjoyable read. The narrative is well crafted and suspense is like `live current' throughout many chapters. The main character - Karin Schaeffer - is richly moulded and, I am sure that most people will identify with her character. The ending is slightly disappointing, as it is rather predicable and fans of this type thriller will find the ending all too familiar.
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Enjoyable. I've read Katia Lief in the past and think this is probably her best novel. The plot's lightweight but; there's a lot going on and the constant movement keeps the story ticking along nicely. The 12th Victim is incredibly easy to read, finished the book in a couple of days, and it's one of those novels you can dip in and out of without losing track of the plot. This is a basic police procedural with lots of investigation, bodies all over the place, and the typical cat and mouse chase which seems to ensue in every Katia Lief novel. The character of "The Working Girl Killer" isn't too real, I struggled to believe in him, and there's no real darkness or violence considering the subject matter. Very typical of this genre, nothing special, and it's a case with Katia Lief that if you've read one of her novels you're not going to be surprised by any of the others, they do follow a tried and tested format. The 12th Victim is a well written and entertaining read though never challenging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 4 May 2014
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I really enjoyed this book and would recommend this and as usual on Amazon I got it at a great price
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great book you can not put down 10 Jan 2014
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This is the 3rd book in the Karin Schaeffers story's
Karin and Mac have a a house keeper called Chali to help look after there son Ben, while both of them do the PI work,she is saving money so that her daughter Dathi can Come to live in the States
Billy who you remember from the last book getting shot is having flash backs of the shooting and he calls Mac, but Mac has flu and so Karin goes to see to him and while there a young girl has been hit by a car and another working girl had been killed.
The young women are all prostitute at the same time the young girl family is dead and Chali worked from the once babysitting. she tries to tell Karin but never got to tell her, the next day she dont turn up for work and karin waits and then goes to find her only to find her dead.
This book as lots of twist and turns to it and you wont be able to put the book down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Thriller
3rd book in the Karin Schaeffer series by Katia Lief and enjoyed it as much as the previous two. Fast paced and a thrill read. Now ready for the 4th.
Published 1 month ago by LauraKT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Penelope Stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars the 12th victim
the 12th victim
katia lief
came in time
came in good shape
very interesting read a good read very very good
Published 12 months ago by sandra west
4.0 out of 5 stars strange ending
strange ending not as good as her outher books but still could not put it down never gussed how did it
Published 16 months ago by pananny nannypat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service and product.
I have written a review on this author before, my view remains the same, I love her books If you are new to the books, then start with an earlier one to follow the progression of... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tel
4.0 out of 5 stars Mary
This was a good read kept you waiting had a few twists and turns .Got another Katia Lief book to start
Published 18 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I loved this book could not put it down, in fact read it in one day, and will read it again and again
Published 18 months ago by Norma England
5.0 out of 5 stars The 12th Victim
Very good book . Once you start the book it is difficult to put down. Good story with plenty of action.
Published 19 months ago by Mgt
4.0 out of 5 stars The 12th Victim by Katia Lief
This book is the third of author Katia Lief's novels about Karin Schaeffer - an investigator. The story is about a serial killer who has targeted prostitutes for the past three... Read more
Published 22 months ago by C Hicks
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