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A widowed mother is terrorized by a stalker with unfathomable intent in a novel of cold-blooded suspense by the Shamus Award-winning author of The Temporary Agent.

When Kate Burke is awakened one night by a sound outside her window, her PTSD is triggered. Was it simply a deer crossing her secluded backyard? Or was it intruders? Because Kate still lives with the dreadful memories of her husband’s murder during a seemingly random home invasion two years before, she knows the answer can mean the difference between life and death. 

But when she discovers the unsettling ways her property has been vandalized the next day, Kate is forced to conclude the worst: someone is watching her. 

Kate decides to rent out her estranged sister’s onetime cottage, which sits on her property, for the summer. Another set of eyes around the place won’t hurt. And with additional support from friends and family, Kate should be feeling safe.

Instead, the vandalism is escalating. So are the anonymous late-night calls and texts, each one more disturbing and violating than the last. Whoever is targeting Kate, whatever their motive or terrifying endgame, the footsteps in the dark are getting closer.

©2021 by Daniel Judson. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Really bad

I have made a commitment to read at least one book from Amazon recommendation that is sent to me almost daily. This book was really bad - sugary like high fructose corn syrup, lots of unnecessary details, plot and characters are awful. And it was getting worse and worse. I was driving for over 6 hours and listened to it trying to understand who give this book even three stars? It’s pathetic mockery of real literature. Here’s your answer - forget about Amazon recommendations but remember those that gave this book 4 and 5 stars, avoid any books they recommend

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love the story and characters background. just didn't care for the narrators voice. I would recommend though.

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I wanted to stop listening so many times. Finally finished it. Took forever.

The last four chapters were forever long with very little content. Narrator has a very Monotone

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Much better than I expected!!

Finally, an intriguing novel filled with mystery and suspense. Who is responsible? Everyone seems to be suspect. The plot twists keep spiriling and keeping you guessing until the end.

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A lot of nothing

What a bore!
This is hardly a thriller. It’s barely a story. I truly wish I knew why this book got ANY good reviews. Nothing happens! Not a thriller, barely a mystery, and the narrator sounds like she’s in some sort of deep pain by the way she talks. It was also way too long. Could’ve easily cut it in half by getting rid of a bunch of superfluous information about people washing dishes and folding sheets. I wish I could get my credit back.

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  • 12-15-21

Hmm...

I’m not even a quarter of the way through this book yet and I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish it. I read reviews beforehand and have seen the negative ones this novel has, but decided to give it a try for myself. The only characters I feel sorry for are the children. Max and Cally are really cute and it was really sweet when Max was trying to protect his mother. She didn’t even seem to appreciate the gesture! She runs into the bedroom at the slightest sound and when the summary said home invasion, I was expecting something more dramatic than what actually happened. If you ask me, Leaf was too quick to act. I just find Kate really irritating and some of the other characters really overbearing. I think Ed has a crush on Kate! The narrator takes breaths in really random places too. So while I’m slightly intrigued to know who’s behind this, I’m not sure I’ll ever find out! I’ll update this if I do reach the end! We just seem to be getting a lot of unnecessary details which are ok once, but this is the third time I’ve heard about dishes and bed linin!