The Recipient
by Audrey J Cole

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GENRE: Thriller

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BLURB:

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A year after serial killer Michael Rhodes is executed and allowed to donate part of his brain as an organ transplant, Sergeant Wade McKinnon 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’s 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, Brian, gets a second chance at life when he receives a partial brain transplant after suffering a debilitating stroke at the age of thirty-seven. Their lives seem to return to normal, but Elle notices a disturbing change in Brian’s behavior. When Elle learns that her husband’s brain cell transplant came from Michael Rhodes, she fears that Brian now has the mind of a serial killer.

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EXCERPT:

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She hyperventilated as she tried frantically to free herself from the trunk. She assumed her lack of ability to catch her breath was due to her panic and the confined space she was in, not realizing that every muscle in her body was becoming paralyzed, including her lungs. Calm down. You can get out of here. She tried to take in a deep breath, but the tightness forming in her chest only made her more anxious.

She remembered that her car had an emergency trunk release on the inside. Unsure if she was in her own trunk or that of a stranger, she began moving her hands along the felt-like carpet in search of the lever. But her arms would not move as fast as she commanded them to. Fear rose within her and she began to struggle for breath.

The car slowed to a stop when she felt a small plastic handle on the wall behind her head. Relief soared through her as she pulled on the handle and the trunk lid popped open. I’m going to make it, she told herself.

As she struggled unsuccessfully to climb out, she heard a garage door closing. She looked around as she lay helpless and mostly paralyzed and recognized the inside of her own garage. The relief she had felt abruptly dissipated when she recognized her attacker standing over her with an evil smile on his face. Unbeknownst to Mandy, the man had carefully planned her demise by discreetly following her home from the gym the week before. He had also checked her address records to make sure that she lived alone.

“Oh good, you’re awake.”

She was unable to put up a fight as he leaned over and pulled her out of the trunk before carrying her into her house.

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MY REVIEW

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This is time I have a read a book by Audrey J. Cole and it certainly did not disappoint. The story is fast-paced, exciting and you can’t seem to stop reading unless you finished it.  As the blurb above stated, this is a crime thriller about a serial killer copycat on the loose. It is narrated in a first person POV alternating between Sergeant Wade and Elle, the wife of the organ recipient. You’ll think that having read the synopsis, you’ll know where the story is going. Wrong! Halfway the book, a revelation will be revealed about the identity of one of the characters which will make your mind question everything that happened.  But when Sergeant Wade got caught up as a suspect, the clock began ticking to find out who the real killer is. For fans of suspense and thriller,  you will be enjoy reading how the story develop til the end and how it was solved.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Audrey J. Cole is a registered nurse and a writer of thrillers set in Seattle. Although born and raised in the Seattle area, Audrey now lives with her husband and daughter in Port Stephens, Australia. She maintains a blog for aspiring authors and is currently writing a psychological thriller.

 

 

 

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