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The Dying Place by Charly Cox
Narrator: Kate Zane
Series: Detective Alyssa Wyatt #5
Published by Tantor Audio on March 9, 2023 and May 9, 2023
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 9 hours, 44 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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When the trunk slammed closed, sealing her fate, a deep cold slithered into the center of Kennedy’s bones. All she could do was pray that her attacker would leave enough of her for her family to identify…
Kennedy Farmer, an experienced athlete, never returns after leaving for her usual running route through the dusty, mountains trails of New Mexico.
While the search for Kennedy begins, Detective Alyssa Wyatt and her squad face a terrifying new case when the body of a young woman, Rheagan Pembroke, is discovered in the desert terrain surrounding Albuquerque.
Her wounds horrify even the hardened squad of the Albuquerque P.D. – and the case takes an even darker turn when they discover a polaroid stuffed into the victim’s mouth, showing the body of Gunner Galveston, a murder victim from fourteen years ago. Alyssa was a detective on the case, but the culprit was never caught.
As the team are taunted with gruesome packages and blood-curdling phone calls, it becomes evident that a serial killer – whose blood lust is quickly increasing – has been operating in plain sight.
To catch a killer, Alyssa and the squad need to understand the savage desires driving them … before Kennedy becomes another life taken at the hands of a psychopath.
There is a real edge to the Detective Alyssa Wyatt series. The criminals tend to be serial killers who do horrific things to their victims. The events are gritty and the consequences life and death.
I really have come to love the characters. The team is smart and works really hard to bring the bad guys to justice but even more to get them locked up so they stop hurting people. Alyssa really seemed irritable in The Dying Place but who wouldn’t with a kidnapped victim to find before she is murdered. The team was doing the best possible investigation with the killer taunting them. As they started connecting cases over many years, they were able to eliminate some and also find some suspects.
I felt it was a bit overdone with the killer threatening the families of the team. That seems to happen in most books and I was glad it didn’t happen. I was happy to see those families and Carter and Abigail from a previous book. There was quite a bit about families and relationships and specifically how marriages work, with Alyssa’s daughter Holly getting married.
I love a good police procedural and how as information and evidence is collected, pieces are fit together in the puzzle. I look forward to more of Detective Wyatt and her team.
This narrator has handled the entire series which is comfortable. There are individual voices for many characters which I recognize. The male and female voices sounded appropriate with emotional tones. The only thing which was weird was the laughter. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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