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The Fifth Victim

The Fifth Victim [Kindle Edition]

Beverly Barton
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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"Not for the faint of heart! Shocking and terrifying, it will chill you to the bone." Tess Gerritsen

“A good, tense read.”
Yorkshire Evening Post

‘This gripping crime novel … [is] not for the faint-hearted … you’ll be guessing until the very end.’
Closer Magazine

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A brutal serial killer targets a succession of five unsuspecting female victims in this new spine-tingling thriller from the Sunday Times bestseller author, Beverly Barton.

One by one he kills them…

With every kill, his strength increases. But this time is different. This time he has found his perfect fifth victim…

Deep in Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, the victim lies, sacrificed on a makeshift altar - the gruesome work of a killer who has evaded the authorities across the country. FBI agent Dallas Sloan knows the scene all too well - just as he knows the killings won't stop. Not until there are four more bodies…

Genny Madoc's 'sixth sense' has bought many of the town's residents to her isolated log cabin, looking for help. But now it's Genny who needs help from the disturbing visions she sees - images that are getting stronger and more violent each day …

Dallas and Genny must band together, searching the town's darkest hidden secrets, before a twisted killer can complete a sinister plan that will destroy one of them once and for all.

Prepared to be petrified in this dark and gripping thriller, for fans of Karen Rose and P.J. Tracy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 543 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420103431
  • Publisher: Avon (28 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TUXL2I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An avid reader since childhood, Beverly Barton wrote her first book at the age of nine. Since then, she has gone on to write well over sixty novels and is a New York Times bestselling author.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 7 Feb 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The fifth victim tells the story of a Cherokee Pointe (Tennessee) community that has been rocked by recent sacrificial murders.
FBI agent Dallas Sloan knows all too well that the murders will continue, until the fifth victim has been claimed. What Sloan doesn't anticipate is that the fifth victim has already opened the door to his heart.
This book is the first of a trilogy, ahead of "The last to die" and "As good as dead"
Get past the first 50 pages (Character introductions) and the story starts moving at an enjoyable pace
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling And Hard To Put Down! 28 Sep 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Fifth Victim" was a book I couldn't put down! The characters are amazing, the dialogue, intriguing, and the plot, compelling! THE FIFTH VICTIM is also a story I am still thinking about long after the read! (Highly Recommended Novel!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dire 28 July 2010
Strangely compelling, but just awful. Unrealistic characters, ludicrous plot and sex scenes that made me laugh out loud. There is no drama or tension. Having a killer masturbate over his victims is not shocking unless you use literary talent to craft a dark and shocking atmosphere, so it just seems desperate and gratuitous. The writing is appalling, I lost track of the number of times people 'grunted' or were 'grabbed roughly by the shoulders.' Several times it's obvious the author has gone 'oh wait, this bit doesn't quite work' and shoe-horned an explanation in.

It's really, painfully obvious this was written by a women. The schmaltzy love story is just... awkward.

I got this free with a newspaper and it's a good, trashy time-killer, but that's about it. And the ending... well, whoever said disney is right on the money. It's so bad it's almost good. Almost.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More Romance than Crime 19 Aug 2010
By mciala
I picked this up in a charity shop expecting a crime thriller. Unfortunately the crime element takes second place to a mixture of rather tedious romance and soft porn. The repeated reference to the heroine being descended from a "Celtic druid princess" was simply annoying - if there ever was such a thing as a Celtic druid princess the last one died about 2000 years ago, the numerous supporting characters have no depth or in many cases relevance, the killer is signposted from early on and as another reviewer has said it's much more of a woman's book than a bloke's. The fantastic (as in fantasy rather than very good) ending to the thriller element of the story reminded me very much of the climax to, of all things, "Tarzan the Terrible" published in 1921. Won't be reading any more of Beverly Barton, not my thing at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely an author to add to your list 14 July 2009
I bought this book yesterday and finished it today. It's really good, I like the characters, the plot, the way the story runs and generally everything about it.
There are some story and plot flaws - only little ones, some almost word for word character descriptions that are repeated a couple of times, I never could picture the main woman Genny, couldn't figure out how old she was, there was some writing that didn't make sense and some that just didn't seem to fit and although an ending that rounded off everything really well I don't know if I liked it....Oh - and there's lots of sex in this book, more than I usually find in thrillers - but it's very well done not cheesy or too hardcore.
I didn't know this was the first in a triology so hopefully we get to learn more of the other characters in the following books - I did wonder why she was introducing characters but then not doing anything with them.

I will definitely be reading all her other books, and definitely finish this triology off, it really is worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I enjoyed the book up until the end which was too surreal for me. Shame really as I liked the characters and quite liked the story up until the ludicrous ending. Having said that, I liked the author's style of writing overall so I may still read the other 2 books in the trilogy - "The last to die" and "As good as dead".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Fith Victim by Beverly Barton 26 Aug 2009
I purchased this book after it was featured in several tv adverts for a recent holiday.

Its a slow start which gets going after a while, with a few suspects it twists and turns, keeps you guessing who the bad guy is right until the end. With some unrealistic characters,( maybe I am just out of touch with small town America and these type of people actually exsist), it lacks suspense and contains too much romance for a murder thriller, you can defeinatley tell that this book was written by a woman.

On the whole this book was a reasonable holiday read which is dreadfully let down by the climax, which in my opinion can only be described as bordering on a disney style ending. If you like unrealistic sunny, smiley, fluffy bunny type happy endings then this for you.

After reading other reviews on this book I am probably doing the author an injustice as everybody other than me seemed to enjoy this book, but then again reviews are for gaining other peoples opinions and this is mine.The Fifth Victim
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 20 Jun 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
excellent book, drama, suspense, and a tad of sex and romance. keeps you guessing till the end. Beveley barton is a much under rated author. i think she is excellent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very enjoyable read.
Published 13 days ago by EB
1.0 out of 5 stars A not very good modern thriller with fantasy and rude bits.
A not very good modern thriller with fantasy and rude bits. I know serial killer thrillers aren't usually entirely in touch with reality, but this wanders off into it's own fantasy... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Rocktart
5.0 out of 5 stars crime, romance and fantasy
Specially liked the development of characters all became real and believable. Possibly I was certain from early on who was the villain. Read more
Published 27 days ago by BB
4.0 out of 5 stars the fifth victim
Very good read j
Kerry you in suspense from start to finish a real page turner always enjoy Thisbe author
Published 2 months ago by Sandra Mckenna
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
A good romantic story with intrigue and mystery thrown in. Kind of guessed who the killer was, though could have been one of several, only 100% sure at the end.
Published 4 months ago by Christine Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars The fifth victim
Great read could not put the book down from start to finish it had you trying to guess who the killer was.
Published 8 months ago by Stav45
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I've been a fan of Beverley Barton since the Dying Game and The Murder Game. And now I'm working my way through all her books. I enjoyed The Fifth Victim hard to put down. Read more
Published 11 months ago by julie
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
As stated on her last book I read great story easy reading, would recommend to my friends who like crime / thriller stories passed onto my father inlaw
Published 12 months ago by julie evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Just thought it was an excellent read, In future if you tell me how many words I have to write I will decline from giving a review on any products I buy from you.
Published 13 months ago by Terry Rossitter
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
Excellent, fast paced, real page turner, I love Beverly Barton her books are gripping from start to finish. Must Read.
Published 16 months ago by Rebecca
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