Waking Nightmare (Mindhunters Series)

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With a serial rapist loose on the streets of Savannah, hotshot detective Ryne Robel needs answers, not the psycho-babble head games of forensic profile Abbie Phillips. Abbie must convince him that head games are exactly what this elusive suspect is all about.

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Overview

With a serial rapist loose on the streets of Savannah, hotshot detective Ryne Robel needs answers, not the psycho-babble head games of forensic profile Abbie Phillips. Abbie must convince him that head games are exactly what this elusive suspect is all about.

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Brant's debut, the first installment in the Mindhunters trilogy, begins with the standard short clip from the POV of a serial killer, followed by the introduction of the standard burned-out, ex-alcoholic tough detective, Ryne Robel. To find the killer, Robel reluctantly teams up with elfin criminologist Abbie Phillips. As Abbie and Ryne begin to piece together the clues, crossed wires turn into sparks. Though the novel opens with a generic structure, the writing is vivid and strong. Brant does an excellent job of building the partnership and attraction between Abbie and Ryne, and clearly enjoys showing off their razzle-dazzle police procedural techniques and banter. Readers looking for romance may be put off by the killer's grim torture of his female victims, but suspense fans will love the unexpected twist and pulse-pounding climax. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425230237
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Mindhunters Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

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    Good new author...

    Enjoyed the plot and the characters. I found Ryne and Abbie both to be in parts strong and vulnerable. I think the author did a good job making the story foremost while at times developing the relationship between them. I look forward to reading the next in the series.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

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    Not as good as Waking the Dead

    I read Waking the Dead first and enjoyed it very much so I bought this one and Waking Evil since they were first in the series. I found I was disappointed in Waking Nightmare however. The plot is good and the mystery engrossing but I was disappointed in the characters. Ryne is not an "alpha male" with issues; instead he is just a chauvinistic, rude jerk. Abbie, while undeniably smart, is passive-aggressive rather than strong and is way to needy for the approval of a male she has only known for a week. In short, the mystery story part was good but the romance part was not.

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

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    he first Mindhunters romantic suspense emphasizes from the onset the suspense leaving the romance somewhat in the background

    Savannah, Georgia is shook by a brutal serial rapist. Police detective Ryne Robel leads the investigation, but needs manpower to capture the violent culprit. The tough cop is extremely unhappy when the best the brass can give him is waif like forensic profiler Abbie Phillips of Mindhunters, a private firm.

    However, Abbie quickly proves her worth as a criminologist when she figures out the motive of the sociopath. They also learn the predator uses a designer drug that induces extra fear from the victims because the rapist customizes the cocktail to the person. As they begin to work on how a person is chosen, the pair is also attracted to one another. However, taking down this vicious monster supersedes personal desires.

    The first Mindhunters romantic suspense emphasizes from the onset the suspense leaving the romance somewhat in the background. This is critical to the thrilling story line as the scenes with the killer in them are nightmarishly gruesome so that kisses would seem inappropriate (except perhaps for Rocky Horror fans). The story line is somewhat standard serial killer police procedural. However, the changing relationship between the lead partners from disdain to respect plus the deep look at modern day criminology make for a great opening act for whodunit fans.

    Harriet Klausner

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