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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (17 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751542288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751542288
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.9 x 15.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tania Carver delivers a dark, sexy thriller in her relentlessly suspenseful debut. If you haven't discovered this talented newcomer yet, hurry. She's on her way to the top (Richard Montanari)

Creepy...this often gripping detective story contains some genuinely shocking moments (Irish Examiner)

You'll need a strong stomach for this debut (Bella)

Disturbing yet engaging (Daily Mirror)

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A powerful, gruesome debut in the tradition of Tess Gerritsen and Mo Hayder

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Format: Paperback
A killer is targeting pregnant woman and wants one thing from them, the baby. The story starts with a double murder, brutal in it's ferocity and nature. The police enlist the help of Marina Esposito, a profiling psychologist whose last interaction with the team still haunts her and this case will take all of her focus and dedication.

It is a very busy story, lots of different ties and links going on. I felt like this was book number two as it kept referring back to Marina's last case she worked on with them and how it had a huge impact on her and DI Phil Brennan's relationship. It eventually explains it out what happened but until it does you feel your missing quite a vital part of what happened between them.

The subject matter of someone removing unborns from their mothers stomach and what follows after is quite horrific, the details aren't the most gruesome I have read but due to what it is it does make for unsettling reading. It is a good crime story with lots going on and a decent introduction to this author's writing however for me there was something lacking which is why I am giving it a three. I did enjoy the story and a lot of my questions where answered but there was some things left out or not explained so 3/5 for me and I will read more by this author.
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This is an enjoyable crime novel about a vicious serial killer who murders heavily pregnant women after first cutting out and stealing their babies. Fortunately for someone like me with a fairly weak stomach, while the subject matter is gruesome, the gore is kept to a minimum so it can be read easily enough by a squeamish reader. The main characters are likeable and engaging, and we get to know the victims a little bit before they are murdered. It's well paced on the whole, although maybe a little too much about the relationship between the two main characters slows it down in parts. I did find the motive for the killings slightly peculiar, I didn't think it was entirely plausible, and the connections between the villains quite bizarre given their history, however all in all, a good read, and I would look out for more by this author in the future.
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Only gave it 4stars as it was a bit confusing with the back references which were explained but made me wonder was there a "prequel"?. Having said that I enjoyed the book but reader beware it is quite gory and graphic which doesn't bother me but might not suit everyone...Would read this author again.
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If we compare this book to a film...then it's a straight to DVD movie bypassing the cinema...probably made for channel five...late at night when people have the weakest of attention spans.

The plot is promising...but the delivery is woeful. It's the writing...allow me to quote...
"he sighed deep"
Even I know it's "deeply"
Another one..."she paused,thought."
The writing is stop/start all the way through. There is cliche after cliche and very forced character structure and dialogue.

Ihad to speed read most of it as the writing became very irksome. In the hands of mo hayder this storyline would have produced a world class read. The storyline / plot / killer are all quite clever but the delivery is just so awful you wonder how so many mistakes didn't get noticed...(another thing that struck me was the "CIO"... I am sure it's "sio" in every other crime novel?!)

As a consumer I should be entitled to my money back when the product is poorly made. A poor storyline I can stomach...blatant mistakes I cannot (grammar and otherwise)
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This was an excellent novel and the further that that one reads the harder it was to put down. Despite being at times quite gruesome it was excellently put together. The plot was always not obvious until it no longer mattered.
I will most certainly read more books from this author.
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5 Stars for a book I couldn't put down. A good detective, thriller and gory horror story all here.
So good I now want (The Creeper) the 2nd book in this Philip Brennan and Marina Esposito series.
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I'm not easily freaked out but this rather gruesome and gripping story was right up my alley. Loved the storyline between Phil and Marina so much I've downloaded book.2 and will read it next! If you like sick and twisted storylines then you will enjoy this.
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Format: Paperback
A great read that had me hooked from the first page through to its conclusion. There are a number of gruesome scenes that you try desperately hard not to imagine until you get to the next one. Yet running through this is two characters that really grow on you, you could say there is a love story running through it. By the end you are really engrossed in their story. You may even start to feel sorry for the villian.
Tania Carver certainly leaves nothing to the imagination, and the whole plot is slightly sick and twisted but somehow you are pulled in and can't let go till the last page has been read and all the secrets are out.
The two main characters, Phil Brennan and Marina Esposito, I believe will be back and we will find out more about the two of them. At the end of the SURROGATE you may be waiting to get the next book, I know I am.
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