Graduate students Zoë and Holli only mean to blow off some steam on their road trip to Las Vegas. But something goes terribly wrong on their way home, and the last time Zoë sees her, Holli is in the clutches of a sadistic killer. Zoë flees with her life, changed forever.
A year later and still tortured with guilt, Zoë latches on to a police investigation where the crime eerily resembles her abduction. Along with a zealous detective, she retraces the steps of that fateful night in the desert, hoping that her memory will return and help them find justice for Holli. Her abductor—labeled the “Tally Man” by a fascinated media—lies in wait for Zoë. For him, she is not a survivor but simply the one that got away.
With an unforgettable heroine, a chillingly disturbed psychopath, and a story that moves at breakneck speed, The One That Got Away is thriller writer Simon Wood at his finest.
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About the Author
A former racecar driver, licensed pilot, animal rescuer, endurance cyclist, and occasional private investigator, Simon Wood is also an accomplished author with more 150 published stories and articles under his belt. His mystery fiction, which has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, has earned him the prestigious Anthony Award and a CWA Dagger Award nomination. In addition to The One That Got Away, his books include Accidents Waiting to Happen, Paying the Piper, Terminated, Hot Seat, We All Fall Down, and No Show. Originally from England, he lives in California with his wife, Julie. Curious people can learn more at http://www.simonwood.net.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book blew me away! From the very first sentence I was sucked in. It was so intense and kept me hooked all the way to the end. This review is for bothe the book and the audio. I read some and then switched to listening some. However, when I started listening, I couldn't stop! I had started at less than halfway through and didn't stop. I loved the characters. Well, the bad guy I loved to hate. But they were all written so strongly. This made it all seem so real. The female lead was one of the best written lead characters I've come across. She was never annoying and she never gave up. The story was really intense and suspenseful. I also loved the part about the shelter for rescued fighting dogs. Brando really won my heart. I like how he got his revenge. If you like fast pace and edge of your seat, this is for you. You won't be disappointed. The ending was great. I know this isn't a romance but I was so hoping Zoe and a certain character would hook up. I don't want to spoil any expectations so I won't say much about it, but it was left on a professional note. But the way it ended leaves the reader to think there could still be a possibility for that. So if you don't like side stories of romance in your reads, you won't have to worry about that in this book. This was everything I could ever hope for in a suspenseful thriller. Simon Wood is a very talented author!
This newest book from Simon Wood opens with a terrifying scene: Zoe, a post-grad student in a PhD program in San Francisco, wakes up in a scene from a horror film, but it’s all too real: She is shackled and alone, in a dust-covered shed, naked. She and her best friend, Holli, had decided to get away from their busy lives and take a road trip to Vegas for a hedonistic weekend. She finds that they have somehow fallen victim to a sadistic killer, and after she manages to free herself and escape her prison, she finds Holli in a much worse situation, at her captor’s mercy, strung up and being tortured and whipped. Zoe manages to get away, found some time later with her car in a ditch, with no idea of where she is or the location from which she had escaped, filled with an unrelenting guilt at what she is certain has been Holli’s fate and the fact that she had been unable to save her. Her life, fifteen months later, is anxiety-filled, and she has been urged to see an analyst, which she has done, although she sees no appreciable lessening of the all-consuming guilt, plagued by feeling that she had “abandoned a friend to her death . . . [having fought] against cowardice and lost.” The reader soon meets her killer, and so does Zoe when she sees news of a live scene where a new victim has been found, certain from the manner in which the woman has been killed that it is the same man, and rushes to the scene, hoping to convince the police present there that she can perhaps help them to identify the perpetrator. With the media present, she also inadvertently makes her own presence known to him, however; to her would-be killer, she is simply “the one who got away,” and he is determined to correct that situation. I urge readers of this book not to make any plans once the book has been started; the term “page-turner” has never been more apt: I was unable to put it down, literally, racing through it until the suspense-filled last page within 24 hours of picking it up. The author has written some wonderful thrillers in the past, none more so than this one, and it is highly recommended.
I usually like to read before bed, but this one was not the way to sweet dreams. That said, it grabs you from the beginning and basically scares the hell out of you. The victim is suspect, the real killer has a soft side (but only for an abused dog) and you just know it's all leading to a showdown. I read this during the day and Jane Austen at bedtime, just to calm myself down! Like a previous reviewer, I also often held my breath. I'm hoping for a sequel.
Simon Wood hooks you in at the very first page. This is a real page turner, and will have you reading late into the night, long past the time you intended to stop. This one had me literally holding my breath at times. A really good crime thriller. I quite enjoyed it! I will look for other books by Wood.