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Dead Like You by Peter James

Dead Like You (2010)

by Peter James

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One of my favorite series, Dead Like You is the sixth book in Peter James’ series featuring DS Roy Grace of Brighton. This book has Grace tracking down a serial rapist that appears to have become active again after a more than 10 year gap. In 1997, this rapist was believed to have viciously raped four women before actually murdering his fifth victim and vanishing. Is this a copycat or has this rapist returned?

As more women fall victim, DS Grace becomes certain that this is the same man. Digging back into the past also brings Roy Grace full circle back into the time when his wife Sandy disappeared. He is finally very happy in his personal life, he is very much in love and he and his partner , Cleo, are expecting a baby, they are just waiting for the paperwork declaring his first wife legally dead before they get married. Somehow I am sure Sandy will eventually come back into the story.

I enjoyed this one, the action is full on , leaving me feeling like I just took a roller coaster ride. Well plotted with great story development, the reader feels very involved with the case. These exciting storylines are what keeps this series fresh and interesting. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Sep 5, 2015 |
A fascinating, gripping mystery that keeps you guessing with every chapter. The reader is kept on pins and needles as more and more details are revealed about each of three likely suspects.

I highly recommend Dead Like You to fans of mysteries, especially the British variety.

I won my copy through First Reads. ( )
  Athenable | Jan 10, 2014 |
This was an excellent book. It started out just a little bit difficult to follow, as people were being introduced, and it was bouncing back between two 12 year periods. Once everybody was introduced the book just flew by. It was well written, the characters were well developed, and the story line was very interesting. It was a real page turner, because the intrigue of who had done what along with the the development of the characters that made you care for them wouldn't allow me to put it down for very long ( )
  Cubbyfan99 | Apr 3, 2013 |
Another crime thriller in the Roy Grace series. A rather nasty tale of rape and murder overlaid by the ongoing personal developments in Grace's life and that of his colleagues. There are one or two parts of the story which are left open which one assumes will form the basis of some later books in the Grace series. ( )
  PIER50 | Oct 2, 2012 |
another good read about Detective Superintendant Grace. ( )
  magentaflake | Aug 27, 2012 |
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Don't imagine for one moment that I'm not watching you...The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year's Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims' shoes are taken by the offender...Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997. The perpetrator had been dubbed 'Shoe Man' and was believed to have raped five women before murdering his sixth victim and vanishing. Could this be a copycat, or has Shoe Man resurfaced? When more women are assaulted, Grace becomes increasingly certain that they are dealing with the same man. And that by delving back into the past - a time in which we see Grace and his missing wife Sandy still apparently happy together - he may find the key to unlocking the current mystery. Soon Grace and his team will find themselves in a desperate race against the clock to identify and save the life of the new sixth victim...

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The brutal rapes of two women in Brighton bear remarkable similiarities to an unsolved series of crimes from 1997. Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is forced to delve into his shattered past to find the key to unlocking the current mystery.

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