• The Sex Club

  • Wade Jackson Series, Book 1
  • By: L. J. Sellers
  • Narrated by: Damon Abdallah
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (172 ratings)

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The Sex Club

By: L. J. Sellers
Narrated by: Damon Abdallah
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Publisher's Summary

A pipe bomb explodes at a birth control clinic, then a young client turns up dead in a dumpster. Kera, the clinic nurse, discovers that the girl’s Bible group is sharing more than the Good News. Confidentiality keeps her from telling the police, so she digs for the truth on her own—becoming the bomber’s new target. Meanwhile, Detective Jackson races to find the killer, fearing that his own daughter could be next. But his investigation is blocked by power politics at every step. Can Jackson uncover the killer’s shocking identity in time to stop the slaughter?

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Weak start to a wonderful suspense series!

The Sex Club is the first novel in the Detective Wade Jackson police procedural series set in Eugene Oregon. Two 14 year girls who go to school together are murdered within days of each other. The novel deals extensively with the risks of early teen sex. There are some minor twists, but there is not a lot of mystery because the real murder/murders is/are too easy to identify.

The author paints with too broad a brush on political matters.

I have listened to 2 later books in this series and both were excellent.

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Surprisingly good

This was a total surprise. I had been put off by the cover and the title for some time, but as it was part of Kindle Unlimited, I finally decided to give it a go. It turned out to be a really well written, engaging crime / police procedural. It introduces Detective Jackson, father of a teenage daughter and recently separated from his wife, who is called in to investigate a bombing at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Then the body of a teenage girl who had visited the clinic is found murdered. Is there a connection? This was well plotted, had believable characters, kept me engaged throughout and had enough twists to keep it from being predictable. A really interesting story! I am so glad I picked this up and will definitely read the other titles in this series.
The narration was ok, but could have been improved by differentiating the different characters' voices more.

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surprisingly good

Recommended by a fellow mystery reader who told me not to be a snob about the title (smile). The book was a nice surprise with respect to a fresh idea. However, the content is a little disturbing. Nothing that hasn't been in the news in some way shape or form. I was a bit put off by the language probably because it centered on young tweens.

Overall a well written suspense/thriller not your same old serial killer story.

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Nice Book....

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, easy listening

Any additional comments?

A bit predictable, but still a good listen. They played it safe with his daughter. Could have been more drama there.

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Really good

I really liked this book. I'd read it again. It's just enough suspense for me.

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Entertaining & Thought Provoking

Where does The Sex Club rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the first book in the Detective Jackson Series by L.J. Sellers. It is chock full of modern day societal issues: teenage sex, Iraq war casualties, & pro-life extremists. Sellers doesn't sugar-coat any of them. It's a hard-hitting novel that makes you think a lot about today's society. This was a GREAT read!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved Sellers' writing style. I immediately connected with the characters. Even those whose viewpoints I didn't agree with were portrayed in a way that made me understand their motives. Some of the answers are handed to us, others come about in a couple of great twists toward the end. The topic is controversial but, in my opinion, handled incredibly well.

Which scene was your favorite?

A young girl is found dead in a dumpster and Detective Jackson in Eugene, Oregon has to try to solve the mystery. At the same time there is a bomb that goes off at a Planned Parenthood clinic and the dead girl had just left, is there a connection?

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The sex is not explicit and the violence is not explicit, so I'm not sure Hollywood would embrace it. I would LOVE to see this in a movie though :-) .

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Great Mystery Marred by Lackluster Narration

I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Sellers does an excellent job of building suspense and intrigue as the story builds towards its conclusion. Unfortunately, Damon Abdallah's narration did no service to the story, particularly in his choice of voicing the main character, Detective Jackson. Jackson comes off as cold and wooden - even bored! I think Abdallah was probably going for gruff and brooding, but he just couldn't bring that off. Narration is a great art, and it can make or break an audible book. Please, Books in Motion - be choosy in your hiring of narrators!

Another brief warning to the reader: there are slight difference in the audio version and kindle version of the book. I wrote to the author, asking why this is, and she told me that those changes were made by her publisher. Strange.

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Couldn't put it down

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it was a really good mystery and it kept you guessing until the very end.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sex Club?

Some of the inforamation Kayla found online about the "Bible Group"

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Done a better job with changing into another character. It took a few beats before you noticed the change.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just really liked it. I'm a mystery nut and this was a really good one as I wasn't able to figure out who done it until it was quite obvious until the end. I had many guesses but they would never pan out.

Any additional comments?

The title is a little scary but unfortunately it is a good one. There is no explicit sex acts written in this book which I liked. Only what evidence they found on a body would let you guess.

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Good Story but a bit too political for my taste!

3.5 Stars for me!

This is a tough one for me as there is so much good in the story but it was weighed down by the political leanings of the author. I usually try to avoid books in which the author spends time building up one side while tearing down the other as we get way too much of that every day.

If you don't like Planned Parenthood to the point of anger, you might want to skip this story. I know that they do provide many good services for women and appreciate the fact that they provide lots of low cost health care.

The villain is over the top nuts but that is what makes her so creepy. The author does look down on conservatives and, unfortunately paints with a broad brush. Lots of us conservatives are fiscal and are socially moderate... Me.

The author does a very good job of giving a wake up call to parents about the sexual pressure on Middle School kids and how easy it is to get them to follow the crowd. She also does give a few commercials for Planned Parenthood but does not preach about abortions. Her focus is on the health, welfare, safety and security of the patients.

I am hopeful that she tempers the political nature of the next books as I need my escape.

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So good!

Did not expect what happens to happen, but that’s what made it fun ! Such a good read