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Sergeant Wade McKinnon knows who killed Samantha the moment he arrives at her crime scene. Problem is, he watched her killer die a year ago. 

A year after serial killer Michael Rhodes is executed and allowed to donate part of his brain as an organ transplant, Wade gets called to a murder scene that shares uncanny similarities to those of the late Michael Rhodes. Other similar killings happen around Seattle, and Wade seems to be the only person still alive who knows enough about Michael Rhodes’ murders to be able to replicate them. When evidence found at one of the crime scenes points to Wade as the killer, he races to find the real culprit before it’s too late to clear his own name. 

Elle is overjoyed when her husband receives a partial brain transplant and gets a second chance at life. Until she learns that his brain cells came from a serial killer.... 

The Recipient is a chilling crime thriller mixed with domestic suspense that will leave you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

©2017 Audrey J. Cole (P)2019 Audrey J. Cole

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Amazing Story Telling

I have to tell you listening to this book was like being right there in the middle of the scene. The author tells an amazing story and the voice artists do an incredible job of voicing the characters. Had me on the edge of my seat every intense minute. There may have been a few times I'm screaming at the radio whenever the wife got so close to figuring him out. I can't wait to read more of her books.

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Excellent thriller with various twists!

A copycat serial killer is on the loose and detective Wade McKinnon must find him. Elle's husband received a partial brain transplant and notices strange changes in his behaviour. could these events be related?

Audrey did an amazing job building up a suspenseful plot with twists throughout. It was creative and unique and kept me glued to my earphones to hear the full story. The characters were interesting and well portrayed. The brain transplant idea really got me thinking and has so much potential!

I really liked that there was both a male and female performer as it helped navigate the story and point of views.

This is a must read, along with the others in the series, all equally as enthralling!

Note: This book was given to me for free at my request and i provided this objective review voluntarily.

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Chilling, shocking and all-around exciting........

The Recipient is an amazingly entertaining mystery/thriller. The book starts with two seemingly completely separate stories. The first story follows a Seattle police detective, Wade McKinnon, as he investigates a recent string of murders which perfectly mirror the victims of a serial killer from years ago. McKinnon investigated these murders, arrested the suspect and watched him executed the previous year. The second story follows Elle, the wife of a man who suffered severe mental and physical disability as the result of a stroke when he was only 39 years-old. He was the recipient of a new and highly experimental partial brain cell transplant one year earlier. Elle has spent the last year watching her husband grow more withdrawn and moody, and she begins to suspect that he is having an affair. Watching the author draw these two protagonists closer and closer to an intersection is fascinating, and her use of foreshadowing made me shiver. Although I thought I had everything figured out towards the beginning of the book, I was not only wrong but blown away by how it all came together in the end. I can't believe this book is the author's debut, but I certainly hope that she has many more in her imagination to continue the series for a long time.

The performance both in style and choice of narrators is phenomenal. The book is told in a form of dual narration, but it is one in which both narrators read all parts of the story - Catalona whenever a male character speaks and Pace whenever a female character speaks. Both narrators are incredibly talented, and their delivery and synchronization are perfect. Although this book would be good regardless of the quality of the narration, combining the writing talent of Cole and the harmonic narration of Catalano and Pace makes this audiobook award winning.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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Loved this book

Lots of intrigue, great character development and an all around great read! I recommend it!

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Great story!

It was exciting and kept me waiting for the next chapter. I would highly recommend this book!

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Almost boring

Forced myself to finish this. Ugh. Amateur writing - always repeating every thought and action, leaving nothing to build suspense. Narrator was also very amateur, as if reading a book to a child. Skip this and save your credit.

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Excellent Thriller!

This was my first Audrey J. Cole’s book, and definitely won’t be my last. This is the first book in the Emerald City Thriller series. This is an excellent thriller. The characters are well developed, and intriguing. The storyline is thrilling and captivating. The plot is well crafted, original, and enthralling. Impossible to stop listening! I liked the characters, the suspense, and the twists and turns. Marcio Catalano and Veronica Pace did an outstanding job with the narration. I love their voices together! I enjoyed it, and I HIGHLY recommend it! Looking forward to listening to Inspired by Murder, the next book in the series.

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not so predictable

I was upset thinking I had figured this whole thing out in the first 5 minutes of this story, but found out differently. A few last minute twists that made my jaw drop sent this book to 5 stars. great plot with suspense and shock.

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Exciting page turning adventure!

Just listened to The Recipient today as an audiobook while traveling. Loved the plot, character development, and surprise ending. Buying the full Emerald City Thrillers set (books 1-5), to continue this adventure.
Kudos to author Audrey Cole!

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Great Read

The Recipient (Emerald City Thriller #1) was another great read by Audrey J. Cole. Wade is a police Sergeant that knows who killed Samantha but the problem is that the killer died a year ago. Michael Rhodes was executed and allowed to donate part of his brain for an organ transplant. Wade comes to the scene of a crime that replicates Michael's murders. But evidence is found at the crime scene that points to Wade as the killer. He must now race to find the culprit so he can clear his name. Elle was happy that her husband received a partial brain transplant, until she finds out that his brain cells came from a serial killer. This was a good book and I can't wait to read more by the author.

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  • Julie
  • 09-16-19

you don't need to be a brain scientists to like

Wow, this is the first book I have read/heard from this author but it won't be the last. I loved it even though I suspected who the killer was the author was still clever enough that she still got an 'a har' moment out of me. I liked the characters and it did keep me guessing if I was right. The story is told by several of the characters but it worked and wasn't jumpy in the telling.
Sergeant Wade McKinnon is called in to look at a dead body found in a hotel room. As soon as he enters he know this is not going to be an ordinary or easy case because he had all ready caught the killer and watched him die by leathal injection.
Battling demons of his past he once again has to catcher what he hopes won't be a prolific serial killer and re visit the worst case of his career. Then another body is found, closer to home this time but with no evidence and the killings exactly the same he starts to wonder if it's a copy cat or did they get the right man in the first place.
At the same time Elle is worried her husband is having an affair, late nights at work and smelling perfume on him. When she talks to her sister we explains that after a brain transplant it is normal for the person to be different and give it time. Elle can't give it up he is just acting to weird, then she discovers who the transplant came from and being afraid of an affair is the least of her worries.
I really liked the production of this audio book with the use of a male and female narrator it really made the story enjoyable and brought the characters to life in my mind.
Over all a great book and a must listen.

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  • Mishy
  • 11-26-20

The Recipient

What a brilliant book from Audrey J Cole, well written and once started, I could not stop until the end. The narrators did a great job too and had all the characters covered. Looking forward to listening to my next read/listen!!

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  • John Marsden
  • 11-14-20

The recipient

This book is fast paced with a good story if sometimes predictable, having said that, the ending is brilliant and surprising, you can easily guess some of it but there is a twist at the end which i certainly did not expect. The use of 2 narrators was exceptional, this is the first book I've read done this way and for me it works very well. Both narrators do a great job, very clear. Highly recommended, I now want to know what McKinnon gets up to next so straight on to book 2!

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  • Andy
  • 11-05-20

Fast paced twisty thriller

I received a free copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an unbiased review.

This is a highly entertaining police thriller centred around the troubled detective (aren't they all?) Wade McKinnon on the hunt for a killer who is utilising the MO of a previous killer who has been executed.

The story is very well written, if a bit far fetched in places, and full of twists and turns. The author keeps up the pace and ratchets the tension as the book heads towards its conclusion

The narration by Marcio Catalano and Veronica Pace was good but I'm in two minds about it. Here's why. It's not unusual for two narrators to take turns to narrate a male point of view chapter or a female one - but in this case, as well, the male narrator voiced all the male dialogue and the female narrator voiced all the female dialogue, regardless of whose point of view we were in. I've never had an audiobook narrated that way and it was quite jarring, though I got used to it. I'm genuinely still in two minds whether I like it or not!

As a side note, it's my opinion that the blurb on the goodreads page (which I assume is from the back of the book) gives away far too much plot information.

In summary a fun and entertaining read and I look forward to visiting Emerald City again.

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  • Helen Findlay
  • 08-30-20

Fantastic

What a fantastic story! Truly couldn’t stop till I heard how it ended. Such a great plot 5*

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  • kathrine leach
  • 08-29-20

Fantastic

Loved listening to this and was quite sad it finished. I don't normally like male narrates but this one was good. I will definitely be listening to more of this author work.

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  • melpem
  • 06-23-20

good story

i really enjoyed this book, not so keen on the narrators but speeded up really helped.

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  • V M
  • 06-04-20

Taut, Fast-paced Thriller With A Killer Ending

A Copycat Killer. A Damaged Cop. A Wife Who Suspects. A Bodycount That Keeps Rising.

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  • tomsboxers
  • 04-30-20

A thriller to the end

This review is based on an ARC audiobook and I wanted to leave an honest review.
Wow, mind blowing, thought provoking and totally awesome reading. This story really keeps you guessing, the detail and description of the crimes makes your imagination run wild. The characters are perfect for this type of story and I found myself thinking at times, oh no, run, run, don’t get caught just as I am caught up in the story. Brilliant piece of writing.
The narration is wonderful, having male and female sharing this story really work well. Both narrators are very clear and actually you think due to the amount of different voices that there’s more than two.
Really really enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-20

Fantastic read

Loved the twists is this book. kept me gripped the whole time. Great book