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Book by Rick R Reed

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  • Broché: 232 pages
  • Editeur : Quest (1 février 2007)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1932300791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932300796
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,2 x 1,5 x 22,9 cm
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4 1/2 Hearts reviewed by Pixie

This story is the 3rd Edition and there are no changes from the 2nd Edition. There are some graphic scenes of extreme violence and a scene of remembered child abuse.

When Police Detective Ed Comparetto turned up at a murder scene he thought it was just a routine homicide but the witness he talks to has his world crumbling around him. With a killer targeting gay men online and Ed now out of a job, he’s determined to find the witness who apparently doesn’t exist and get to the bottom of the murders. The only good thing to come out of the mess is his new boyfriend Peter, but even that relationship is in danger of being lost as Ed desperately claws at any leads to the mysterious witness, and Peter falls into the hands of the murderer.

Rick R. Reed really does know how to write a story where his characters come alive, and when one of those characters is a psychopathic serial killer you really wish they didn’t come alive quite so much! Ed is brilliant at his job but since he came out the atmosphere at work isn’t easy, when the witness to a gay murder turns out to be a man who had been murdered two years before Ed finds himself shoved out of his job and Ed is determined to find the missing witness and get his job back. Finding love wasn’t something he was expecting to find as he hunted for the witness but he is happy to find someone who can fill his lonely heart, but he becomes obsessed and Peter begins to wonder if Ed can really share his life with him.

I really enjoyed this story, we have Ed who is forced out of the police after a pretty crappy investigation has him accused of falsifying witnesses, Ed is determined to get his job back by determining just who the witness is and to find out what his link is to the murders.
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I 'M IMpressed! 21 mai 2007
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This review refers to "IM" by Rick R. Reed

Let me just start by saying wimps need not apply for this one. However if you love a thriller that will scare the bejezzus out of you, can handle characters that are more human than your everyday macho hero types, and don't mind (or maybe you like)a little x rated action laced throughout, "IM" is for you. It is also a story that will keep you guessing and trying to put together all the clues that Author Reed so enticingly places as the story progresses.

When Detective Ed Comparetto of the Chicago PD is called to investigate a brutal and horrifying murder scene, he has no idea what he will be getting himself into. The victim is part of the gay community as is Ed. Ed doesn't hide his preference and has taken some ribbing from his fellow officers, who don't think he can quite cut the mustard. So when Ed comes up with a witness that is legally dead, the department takes the opportunity to send Ed packing. But he won't give up. Without gun or badge, he begins his own investigation, at first to prove he is not crazy and seeing ghosts, and then to try and convince the department that this "witness" is more dangerous then any apparition and may be the key to this murder and several more to follow. He discovers that the murders are all linked through the modern world of an on line site for gay men, where they can Instant Message each other and set up a hook-up. Following the skimpy clues, with imminent danger and heart pumping suspense at every turn and almost on every page, Ed faces his own fears, often putting his life on the line, and goes after the horrifyingly deranged suspect. And the question of what can turn a person into a monster, also begins to come to light through the read.

I read on Rick Reed's profile that Unzipped magazine said, "You could call him the Stephe King of gay horror." I will go a step further and say that if IM were a film it would be Hitchcockian. Reed gets the reader so involved with the very real characters in just a few pages, that like in any good Hitchcok film, we want to shout out,"Look out, there's a killer near", or in this case, we may just want to tell them, "don't hit that send button!, don't open your door!" Each a very different and human person. Some may have just been looking for a good time, some for a little companionship to fill a lonely void, others looking for love. The reader begins to feel like a bit of a voyeur(also a trademark of a good Hitch film), privy to the personal IMs being sent back and forth.

As a reader of many mystery books, I must say that this one really had me going and was genuinely shocked and surprised at all the twists. Reed does a fine job of tying it all together and left me satisfied with the ending. Very IMpressive! I also very much enjoyed the story within the story, that of Ed's growing relationship with his new boyfriend Peter. I hope to see more of both of them sleuthing in future books.

Not only a great thriller, with a modern twist that leans towards the erotic, but also a look into the dark world of IM.

Rick Reed...I may never IM again....Laurie

also recommended:
Winter Prey
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Honestly not as good as I had hoped 19 octobre 2008
Par Shoe the Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The author does a great job creating "quick" characters/victims, enough so that you are invested in them when they meet their untimely deaths. The reality of the plot does drive the story but I was just left disappointed as the book developed. The "surprise" ending wasnt really a surprise and what really got me was two strong, able bodied men, one of which is a trained officer, were not able to disarm a smaller man yeilding a hunting knife. In fact, when the killer tied or taped the male victim(s) at the end, I found it completely unbelievable that each character didn't just overtake him during the process. How was the killer holding a knife and tying the victim at the same time? In one case, earlier in the story, a character could have simply ran away, changing the entire ending...I mean, it's not a gun he's holding. So, good read but disappointing...such a good start though.
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Midwest Book Review, September 2007 Issue 6 septembre 2007
Par Lori L. Lake - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Timothy Bright, a handsome young character in this horror thriller, hides a past full of sexual abuse and rage. He takes out his grief and anger upon gay men by instant messaging at Men4HookUpNow.com and killing the guys who meet up with him for sexual encounters.

Ed Comparetto, a gay Chicago police detective, catches the cases and is put through a nightmarish investigation which culminates in his suspension from the job when doubt is cast on his findings. He's sure that Timothy Bright is the murderer, but he can't figure out how to prove it. Once he's suspended, the cases become Ed's personal crusade. He'll have to put his own life on the line - and that of someone else he loves - in order to stop this killer. Will he risk it all?

Reed has created an engrossing story - albeit brutally violent and sometimes gory. The writing is crisp and carries the reader along on a wave of suspense and horror. Reed expertly uses third person for Comparetto's investigation, first person for the murderer, and diary entries about Bright to bring this novel to life. He has capitalized on the phenomenon of people meeting via the Internet and dating services, and IM ends up being quite the scary cautionary tale.

The book is not for the faint-hearted, but is highly recommended for all those who enjoy horror a la "Silence of the Lambs." If you enjoy a bit of gore, a tense thriller, and well-crafted characters, you'll be utterly captivated by this book. ~Lori L. Lake, Midwest Book Review
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A brilliant mystery thriller! 24 juillet 2013
Par Nic - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
***** Audio book review = 5 surprising stars *****

I 'read' this book in its audio format so my enjoyment was impacted by a number of factors: the plot, quality of the story, style of the telling, characterisation and finally the narration. Ideally I would like to be able to assess the two components (the story and the narration) separately but actually find the narration has too much direct impact on my views of the story to do this effectively.

This is a mystery/thriller and is a beautifully crafted tale that takes the listener deep into a darker side of the world of internet hook-ups. It plunges straight into a series of brutal murders. It is blunt and graphic and violent and horrific. The murders are descriptive, grossly so, with descriptions of sights, sounds, smells and feelings giving a sense of realism to the scenes. It was almost like being plunged into an episode of Criminal Minds.

During the early part of the story, we are introduced to the various murder victims before they face their final moments. Even though each of these characters only play a short role, the author does a wonderful job of bringing a real personal element to each one. He describes their homes, personal traits and provides an insight into each man's emotional state. We learn how feel about their online hookups and the men they meet and what they are really looking for in life - and all are looking for love.

Ed Comparetto is the main focus of the story (apart from the killer). He is a cop who gets caught up in the murder investigation but ultimately gets suspended. I am not sure why the killer singled Ed out but contact from the killer and a desire to get his job back gives him no choice but to solve the mystery himself. While going through this really difficult period in his life, Ed meets Peter, which adds a romance element to the story. But mostly this story is focused on Ed's efforts to catch the killer.

It is difficult to talk about the killer and other characters without giving away the plot so I will keep it short. I thought the character of the killer was brilliant. He was perfectly creepy and his true evil nature was evident. There were some devices used in the story (view spoiler) which provided a fabulous view into the past and the pyschy of the killer. A word of warning that the story does have some scenes, apart from graphic murder, that could be upsetting to some readers (view spoiler).

Now to the narration which was brilliant! I am not an expert (I've only listened to 3 other audio books) but truly believe this guy (Taavi Mark) got it right. The accents were perfectly suited to each character and he switched effortlessly between them.

He mastered the voice of the killer, truly adding a real sense of creepiness. The voice is breathy but chilling. It was quite clever how the killer's breathy voice deepened when he was switching into character for his IM hook ups which even included when he was reading them.

This story had large sections of dialogue and switched between different characters points of view so it was even more important to get the voices right - it wasn't just small sentences here and there but large tracts of narration while in character. One of the significant characters was female and I found her voice (the pitch, tone, accent and inflections) perfect!

It is really hard to make this claim because I hadn't read the book first but I'm going to put it out there anyway - I think listening to this book actually added to my enjoyment. I felt the use of the voices, particularly the killer and his family member, actually helped immerse me into the story, added to the atmosphere and gave a great sense of the emotion.

In summary, I highly recommend this story for lovers of a good graphic, murder thriller (it's focus is not romance) and the audio book is excellent.

If you do choose to listen to the audio version then be aware that it is long (you can change the pace of the narration but it does have a big impact on how it sounds - I listened at x1.25). I think this one was nearly 10 hours. I listened to the first half during a weekly commute to and from work and the second half on a 4 hour road trip which made good use of my time!

If you're not sure if the audio version is for you, you can listen to a sample before completing your purchase. If you already own the Kindle version then the audio version is sometimes cheaper. If you own both, you can switch back and forth using WhisperSync which is brilliant.

Finally I would like to pass on my thanks to the author who provided me with this Audio book in return for an honest review.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Another great book from Rick R Reed 18 mars 2009
Par B. D. Whitney - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
No doubt about it, Rick R. Reed has a magic touch with suspense and horror, and his novel "IM" is a perfect example. This story will grab you by the throat and draw you in to this world of madness and bloodshed from the first sentence. It will then hold you spellbound and fascinated page by page, until the final climax comes crashing down around you, and you wake up and realize that the story is over.

Mr. Reed has written this story from several different viewpoints, allowing the reader to experience the unfolding drama from the eyes of many different people involved - Ed Comparetto, his lover, Timothy Bright, Timothy's aunt, the victims - and giving insight into each one. This makes us understand, although not necessarily sympathize with, the motivation behind their actions. The way the story jumps from viewpoint to viewpoint, sometimes in the present and sometimes back in time, builds the suspense and stretches the tension tight until it quivers on a breaking point. And there it hangs as we watch in horrified fascination as the climax of the story approaches.

The main characters in "IM" are well developed and feel very real in a horrible kind of way. Ed Comparetto and Timothy Bright share the limelight, and while Ed may be considered the "hero" of the story, Timothy is in my opinion the main character. We are given Ed's back story, experience his emotional turmoil, and root for him to flush the malefactor out, but we also seem to witness this all from a couple of steps back. Timothy, on the other hand, we get "down and dirty" with. We delve into his mind, read his aunt's journal entries, and experience his crimes and his rage in the first person. As we look into this killer's psyche, we even may have brief flashes of sympathy for him, but then we pull back and see him for the monster he is. Mr. Reed's description of Timothy as an "evil elf" is very visual and quite effective. It brings to mind horror movies and thoughts of Freddie Krueger and Chucky the homicidal doll.

I found it very difficult to choose a "sensuality level" for this novel. The sexual acts that occur in the story are not especially detailed - this is certainly not a romance or erotica. However, the antagonist's recounting of his own past sexual experiences and tendencies is pretty graphic. I'm giving it a 3 in an attempt at an average, with the caveat that the reader understand how I got there. In this case, the 3 means that it might be a little graphic for younger readers, not that it's sexy. Because it's not sexy...it's frightening. And purposely so.

In all, "IM" is a very well-executed and wonderfully horrifying novel. If you enjoy suspense and horror, there is little doubt that you will enjoy this as much as I did.
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