Waking up covered in blood is never a good thing.
We’ve all had that nightmare. You wake up in a strange place with no memory of how you got there. There’s blood on your hands, and you’re overwhelmed by fear — until you realize it’s not yours. It’s then you see your victim in a pool of blood, you’re holding the murder weapon, and your only relief is waking up with a scream trapped in your throat.
But for Stan Watson, there is no waking from this nightmare, because it’s real. And it’s happened before, at least three times. He’s a serial killer, though he doesn’t remember having done any of the deeds. His victims are strangers to him, and he has no motive for what he’s done.
Fearing he will kill again, Stan is in a race against the clock to find out why he’s become a one-man killing machine, before he takes another life — or the police show up at his front door. Can he cobble the pieces of the puzzle together before it’s too late?
Norma Miles –
“My new late-night hobby.”
The nightmare started when he woke up. Stan Watson murdered people in his sleep, but who, or why, he didn’t know. And he had to find out.
Short, easy listen which was surprisingly engrossing, although the ending was a little uncertain. The writing is mostly strong, clean and graphic, written in the first person for more dramatic effect. With little character development, this is more shadow play than realistic, one step removed – which is, in itself, rather apropriate. The narration by Ann Bumbak, is excellent – well timed, clear, good inflection and delivery – but again, the oddity of choosing a female voice to be the mouthpiece of the male character eludes me.
My thanks to the rights holder of A Shattered Mind, who, at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiobook Unleashed. It was an enjoyable listen but somehow unsatisfactory.
I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and any opinions expressed herein are my own.
This is a quick story which has an intriguing premise, good dry humor and a likeable MC. However, it was a bit predictable and the ending was a very quick wrap up.
The MC is a male and is told in the first person. The book is narrated by Ann Bumbak, a female, so that slightly threw me as I was listening to the story. While she did a fine job, the female narration took me out of the story a bit.
Stacy Bender –
My husband and I hate to give bad reviews but…
While the premise was intriguing, the execution was poor and illogical.
The Agatha Christie, let’s have the culprit tell all was… childish. Not to mention predictable.
The ending absurd.
We received this book for free.