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You Are Next: (Karin Schaeffer 1)

You Are Next: (Karin Schaeffer 1) [Kindle Edition]

Katia Lief
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'It's something the Americans always used to do slightly better, the escaped maniac who's coming after people, and eventually catching up with them, and this one'sno slouch. Heart-stoppingly entertaining.'
--New Books Mag, March 2011

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The first Karin Schaeffer novel - You Are Next is a taut, roller coaster tale of a serial killer's surviving victim

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 541 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (17 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LB5A72
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,968 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Detective Karin Schaeffer was a happily married mother until very recently ... when a close encounter with a serial killer left her alone and in deep mourning. Nicknamed `The Domino Killer' by the press (due to his habit of leaving a series of dominos as the clue to which member of the family will be his next victim) and JPP (Just Plain Psycho) by the police, Martin Price was supposed to be behind bars; but he has escaped and is on his way to Karin, to finish off what he started earlier. Karin is ready. She's already lost her husband and her daughter, and doesn't want to go on living ... until JPP tries to force a new set of dominos down her throat. Which member of her family has he targeted next? Her parents? Her brother? His wife or children? Suddenly Karin knows that she has to stay alive. She has to fight this monster before anyone else in the family suffers.

Twists and turns in the plot lead you wondering whether the story has finished early ... and where it can possibly go; however, an intriguing twist halfway through the book turns your thoughts on end and makes you think all over again.

An intriguing first book that will make great holiday reading. Enjoy!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT READ 6 Feb 2011
By Mrs. A. M. Chadwick VINE VOICE
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Katia Lief's first two books have been published in the US and have now made their way other here. "You are next" is her first novel to be published in the UK.

Karin Schaeffer was a detective and also a happily married mother who lived in New Jersey that is until her life was shattered by a serial killer.

This serial killer became known as "The Domino Killer" due to the dominos he left at the murder scene which were clues to who would be killed next. He'd escaped prison and was coming after her. Karin knows he won't stop with her he'll continue till he's made more of her family suffer at his hands!

I don't want to say anything else about the story as it would spoil things for you. It's only a short book, (352 pages), compared to what I normally read.

It only took me a few hours to read as I found it to be a compulsive and enjoyable read. The author captures your interest on the first page and doesn't let up till the story ends. :-)

Personally I really enjoyed the story and characters. If your interested in fiction about serial killers then I'd recommend this book.:-)

I look forward to the second book in this series which will be printed at a later date in the UK as "Hide and Seek" and is set three years on from where her first book finishes, (In America this book has already been published as "Next Time You See Me").
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Starts good but trails off 1 Dec 2011
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Overall I enjoyed this book though it does not hold the on he edge of your seat tension that many books of tyhis genre have. It starts off well, introducing the characters and with a very surprising moment of tension at the beginning. It then goes back to the lives of the main characters and explains what had happend in Karin's past. The second part of the book where the tension should pick up does not really do so, but I still really enjoyed the book. This was probably mainly because I liked the characters and their storylines rather than as a nail biting thriller. However, I would still recommend this book as it is a pleasant read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Thriller About A Serial Killer 18 Aug 2011
By Mr. D. J. Brindle VINE VOICE
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Sometimes it feels as though we've read all we could ever possibly read about serial killers. It seems as though every plot twist, every shocking act and every eventual capture, or otherwise, have been played out in full by the legion of writers scribbling away in the genre for our murderous delights.

And ultimately "You Are Next" is yet another tale of a serial killer with all the usual hallmarks - ex-police officer living life at a low point after said serial killer wipes out her direct family then, surprise, surprise, manages to escape from prison to hunt her down. As is also usual with these sorts of tales, the serial killer frequently leaves a calling card, in the form of a novel use for a set of dominoes, which indicate who will be next for a killing, at the scene of the crime. What discerning serial killer doesn't have this dead-giveaway affectation I wonder - they must have a handbook to serial killing somewhere, and leaving a token / symbolic trail must be on page 1 of chapter 1.

That said, this book makes for good reading as long as you're not hoping for anything original. It is also pleasantly quick and easy to read with only a few of the plot twists (including a whopping one half way through) being of the non-signposted variety. I read it in a day, lying on the beach, and I was done before the sun started going down, which was handy. Also, the main character, Karin, is well written and it's hard not to become wrapped up in her plight.

All in all then, this book makes a good holiday read providing you can read past the stereotyping and the standard serial killer script. I'm not sure we can blame the author for being unoriginal. It could be that simply there is no more original serial killing to be done....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another serial killer thriller 18 July 2011
By Mr. K. Cross VINE VOICE
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Yawn! Yes, yet another serial killer thriller....but this one is rather good. Not great, but good. Ex police officer Karin Schaeffer is at an all time low, following the murder of her husband & children, & now the killer is coming after her having escaped from prison. She makes no attempt to get away: she has nothing left in her life. But, she discovers that his next intended victim is to be her young niece, so she decides to fight, survives, the killer gets away & the family goes into hiding. It trundles along quite nicely, some exciting bits but also some drab bits & some highly signposted twists. I did enjoy it, and it's really easy to read (I finished it in two sittings) but it didn't leave me wanting more, & I won't get too worked up when her next novel is published.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
It's a good book, a quick read. But I was left with lots of unanswered questions. I don't want to spoil it so I won't name names but:
How did the "suspect" over power the... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Tamara
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Thriller
A very good story.

I did at one point think that because of such a massive development occurring that there was no way the story could continue but I was wrong ... Read more
Published 13 days ago by LauraKT
5.0 out of 5 stars really great read
I have read a few of Katia Lief,and each one has been great.This one is no exception,a bit different from her other books,as regards to the charactors maybe because it centered on... Read more
Published 3 months ago by BM Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend this and as usual on Amazon I got it at a great price
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Sandra Strachan
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Excellent story, gripping from the start, would make a brilliant plot for a film. Katia Lief never fails to keep your attention.
Published 5 months ago by Annie J.
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Very good book , not read any by this author but will look out for more books by her in the future.
Published 5 months ago by howardyve
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Fantastic. More like the Katia Lief we have come to expect. A real nail biter!
On the edge of your seat fromstart to finish!
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Valerie Gambrill
5.0 out of 5 stars hooked from the very first page
This is the first time I have read any of Katia Lief books and i was hooked from the first page
This is how Karin Schaeffer had to cope with the Murder of her husband and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by christine bonner
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from this author.
Brilliant. Highly recommend yet another good book from Kerry Wilkinson. As gripping as the last book I read from him.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs A Dearden
5.0 out of 5 stars Ebook
Really enjoyed the early books in this series. However didn't finish Dead Rich. Loved the character development and the plot lines. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amanda
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