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Summary

Andrew McCarthy grows concerned for his family after he catches a young man, Zachary Denton, photographing his daughter, Grace McCarthy, and other children at a park. To his dismay, Zachary talks his way out of trouble when he’s confronted by the police. He hopes that’s the end of it. Then he finds Zachary at a diner and then at a grocery store. He knows their encounters aren't coincidences. And just as Andrew prepares to defend his family, Grace vanishes

As the police search stalls and the leads dry up, Andrew decides to take matters into his own hands. He starts by searching for sex offenders in the area and researching enhanced interrogation techniques.... He convinces himself he’ll do anything to rescue his daughter, unaware of the pure evil he'll face in his journey. He’s willing to hurt - to torture - anyone to save his family. 

Jon Athan, the author of Into the Wolves’ Den and The Abuse of Ashley Collins, delves into the underworld of internet predators in this disturbing horror novel. Are your children safe? 

WARNING: This book contains graphic content. Listener discretion is advised.

©2020 Jonathan Sixtos (P)2021 Jonathan Sixtos

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Obviously “narrated” by a computer programme. Completely unlistenable, complete rip-off - should not be allowed

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  • JenniferLOVESThrillers
  • 22-03-21

Ugh, Wrong in Every Way!

NO SPOILERS! First off, this book is over the top violent but that is not my reason for the bad rating. It was violent just for the sake of being obnoxiously violent. The narrator was awful. He sounds like he is about to start laughing and this book is not funny at all.

I quit 3/4 in because it was getting more and more ridiculous. I like books that have logic and this one is missing it in spades. I hated this book.

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  • Laura911CO
  • 18-03-22

Thought provoking story with WORST NARRATION ever

Absolutely the worst narration I’ve ever listened to. Odd pronunciations (i.e. transients pronounced as tran-gents) and very stilted and awkward narration that sounded like someone was learning to read. “Little dude” was particularly annoying. It was awful. I sped up the narration to 1.4 just to get through it quicker.

The storyline itself was very graphic and certainly not for everyone. I did find the details on how pedophiles groom or blackmail their victims enlightening and it was also thought provoking on the lengths one would go to to find their own abducted child. It’s a scary world we live in.

Will I listen to this again? No. Do I regret listening to it? Also no.

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  • NameThatKiwi
  • 01-03-22

Nope

I made it through a Serbian Movie, but not this. it's just as devoid of talent and imagination. Skip this one

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  • Amanda Athearn
  • 29-01-22

Amazing and Tactful

Very well written. I didn’t think I would like this one as much as I did. The topic is one that is hard to think about, let alone to come up with scenes and creative methods of torture for pedophiles. He really dives into viewpoints and emotions of both the main character and everyone he was involved with. Gory, emotionally gripping, and violent Jon has done it again!!

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  • Jill S.
  • 22-09-22

Terrible narrator but relatable protagonist

I feel like I would have enjoyed this story more if it were read by a different narrator. I related to Andrew, but the narration kept making me feel like I should've bought the paperback.

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  • scott
  • 23-08-22

Good story idea, Narration is the worst.

The basic story idea and most of the writing was good. The gore and shock value was worth the listen. The writing was pretty simple at points, but let’s face it…. Nobody cares to listen to gore and horror like this in Victorian English lol. The narrator did not do the story ANY justice. I apologize if this is a close friend or relative, but the narration literally sounded disabled or is read on the level of a fourth grader. It brings to mind dramatic and cartoon renditions of Lenny from Of Mice and Men. His voice sounds good, but his annunciation and diction is super cringey (I stole that word from my kid). Planning to explore this author more, UNLESS it’s the same narrator. I don’t think I can suffer through that again. No offense.

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  • Nursenikkim
  • 14-08-22

Worst narration in the history of audiobooks

I've listened to 1000+ audiobooks and I swear the narrator of this book absolutely ruined it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-22

Skip it

I haven’t finished so may not be fair to write a review, but the reader is not good. That’s part of why I couldn’t not finish. He sounded like a robot or an automated voice, except when he would change it for the characters. Some of the story was strange to me. I couldn’t tell if I was listening to a documentary about this topic or what…… I think it’s a hard topic to hear, but this was just strange and weird almost ridiculous!

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  • Erica Taylor
  • 04-08-22

The narration was so awful I could not even finish

The narration on this book was so awful I couldn't even finish. I tried really hard to suck it up and get through it. I just could not torment myself that way.

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  • Grace Schrack
  • 23-06-22

Meh,

Plot was basically non-existent for the second half of the book. Felt rushed, like they author was trying to race to a conclusion while still including as much graphic stuff as possible. I normally find nothing wrong with extremely graphic storytelling, but that's when it is actually a good way to advance the plot. This just came off as torture p*rn in all honesty, no actual substance to the story, just a gore filled jumble. Would not recommend at all, honestly just a gross book with a less than enticing storyline.