Hangman A Novel by Stephan Talty
Narrator: David H. Lawrence XVII
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
Date Read: May 2014
New York Times bestselling author Stephan Talty’s acclaimed fiction debut, Black Irish, won him comparisons to such thriller masters as Jo Nesbø, Karin Slaughter, and Tana French. Now, his chilling new novel brings back intrepid heroine Absalom Kearney, a driven police detective with a haunted past, trying to make a difference in a troubled town.
Hangman, Hangman, what do you see? Four little girls, as cute as can be. The eerie schoolyard chant still sends ripples of horror through North Buffalo. Not so long ago, serial killer Marcus Flynn preyed upon the community’s teenaged daughters—until he was cornered and shot in the head. But Flynn lived, carrying to prison the nickname “Hangman,” along with the secret of his last victim’s fate. Homicide cop Abbie Kearney wasn’t around during Hangman’s reign of terror. She hadn’t yet come home to wear her dad’s old badge in the tough Irish American stronghold known as “the County.” Abbie had never experienced firsthand the horror of Hangman. Until now.
Hangman, Hangman, where do they go? Down on the ground, where the daffodils grow. A corrections officer lies dead, a prison van stands empty . . . and somewhere out there, the monster who condemned innocents to death at the end of a rope watches and waits to strike again. Abbie leads a desperate manhunt through a city driven to its knees by fear, matching wits with a predator as brilliant as he is elusive. But as more victims are claimed, a rising tide of secrecy, paranoia, and politics forces her to realize that stepping beyond the law may be the only way to find justice. Because with each passing hour, the stakes grow higher—and Hangman’s noose gets tighter.
Publisher: Ballantine Books, Random House Audio
Listened for Review (Random House Audio)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 3.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Hangman A Novel by Stephan Talty was just a pretty standard thriller until the twisty end made it just a bit brilliant!
Story Thoughts: I love when a thriller really catches me off-guard in the final moments. It is like BAM! You think you have me figured out but you couldn’t be further from the truth. Hangman did that to me in the final moments. The killer is diabolical in a psychological kind of way that is way more scary than the straight forward “cut em’ up” kind of way. Abbie was the perfect detective for the case! She had the concentration, dogged pavement pounding persona, and ability to look past the surface. Overall this was just brilliantly done! I really liked the fact it was more “beat the pavement” kind of police work instead of “always going to get killed” kind. It made the ending that much more exciting.
Character Thoughts: Abbie is a bulldog. Seriously tenacious in every way and has a sharp tongue to match. I often say in thrillers I don’t need to like my detectives but I did like Abbie! She was just written really well. The rest of the characters were pretty darn good too. Each playing a role in how Abbie solved the case.
Narrated By David H. Lawrence XVII / Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
This is not a knock on David but this really should have been narrated by a woman. I just couldn’t buy him as Abbie. She was the main character and it always felt a little off when things were done from her voice.
Final Thoughts: This is my first book by Stephan but it won’t be my last!
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