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Fetiche (Makedde Vanderwall #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  1,331 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
Makedde Vanderwall é estudante de Psicologia Forense e, nas horas vagas, modelo internacional. Contactada pela agência para realizar alguns trabalhos de moda e relançar a sua carreira, viaja até Sydney, aproveitando a oportunidade para visitar a sua melhor amiga, Catherine Gerber. Mas as passarelas e as intrigas do mundo da moda depressa perdem importância quando Mak trope ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published 2010 by Porto Editora (first published January 1st 1999)
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Fetish was a book I randomly picked up from my mountain of unread books. And after reading several mind consuming psychological thrillers prior, I believe my subconscious was saying ‘You’re ready for this’. Fetish was a laid-back, no nonsense murder mystery, which I really enjoyed. It was one of those books where you could kick your feet up, and watch everything unfold. It wasn’t highly suspenseful but it had enough brutality in parts to make you squirm. And the romance was pleasurable and not o ...more
Kirsty Leishman
Given the concerns about representations of violence against women in popular culture, I often wonder about women who write violent crime stories. And women who like to read or watch violent crime stories. I am sympathetic to the critiques of the parade of brutally abused female body parts across our screens and pages; and, from what I've gleaned of Tara Moss on the periphery of my Twitter feed, she certainly wouldn't be advocating a sensationalising of violence against women, despite the fairly ...more
4 Stars

This is a solid crime/thriller story, featuring a kick ass, intelligent heroine, a gruff but lovable hero, and a truly disturbing psychopathic killer.

Makedde was a great female lead. She may have been a gorgeous international model, but she oozed intelligence and determination. Her emotional reactions to the horrible circumstances she found herself in were relatable, but they never clouded her judgement or led to any irrational decision making, even in times of danger. This was great bec
Makedde Vanderwall is a Canadian model on assignment in Australia. The advantage with some work down under is the fact that she will get to see her good friend Cassandra again. But when Cassandra is found dead by Mak she finds herself in a cat and mouse game to catch the killer before he gets her. Who can she trust and where can she turn when she’s a stranger in a land without any friends?

Makadde is a beautiful, tall and curvy international model who is studying psychology; she’s basically Tara
Feb 22, 2012 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, australian
Tara Moss has done something interesting: she has written an amateurish, third-rate crime novel, but not one that made me want to never read her again. This is a skill, but it's not one that can disguise the sheer sloppiness of Fetish.

Makedde ("Ma-cay-de") Vanderwall is a psychology student who works as a model to pay for her tuition. Makedde comes to Sydney for work and to meet her childhood friend, only to find that she has been brutally murdered by the Stiletto Killer. From there, Makedde fli
Lauren K
4.5 stars

Fetish is the first book in the Makedde Vanderwall series and has long been on my TBR list. I picked up a copy quite some time back from a second-hand bookstore mainly because the protagonist was a psychology student and it hinted at romantic elements alongside the crime plot. I was interested to see how Tara Moss, an accomplished supermodel executed this crime story, especially since I’d heard the extents to which she conducts her research.

Fetish certainly didn’t disappoint. I read i
Jul 31, 2013 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining easy read. Has made me want to read more by this author.
Kristin Cubbage
Feb 04, 2008 Kristin Cubbage rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best of the series. A thriller that leaves keeps you turning the pages.
Jan 21, 2014 Brooke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. I can see where this plot is leading and I am not happy. This main character is stubborn AND stupid. Crank phone calls? Definately not a stalker no it must be a wrong number over and over and over. Ugh. I also really hate the love interest. He is made out to be this borderline abusive guy that I would not go within 100 metres of, yet the main character is attracted to him anyway?? I can't finish this one dont make me
Iris Blobel
Okay - first mistake was listening to the audio version, which is narrated by Tara Moss. Without wanting to be over-criticising, it was irritating to listen to. Everyone sounded the same, which was confusing, there was hardly any difference in the accents either.

Second clue - my friend, who likes these kind of books, couldn't really remember the story. Bad sign.

Makedde Vanderwall (love the name!) is a psychology student who works as a model to pay for her tuition. Soon after she arrives in Sydne
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

My neighbour recently found out I was a "reader" (sounds like something I need to be cured of) and handed me a book. She stated that she was not a reader, yet this was a book that she could not put down. This got me intrigued. What type of book would tempt a non-reader to read and make a non-reader read non-stop.

Off home I run with book in hand and of course the first thing I do is log on to Goodreads to mark the book as Currently Reading. Oh No. That will not do. The boo
Lana Elizabeth
Feb 13, 2015 Lana Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i was lent this book by someone at work who highly recommended this series by Tara Moss and I was not disappointed. Fetish follows Makedde (Mak) during her stay in Australia after she discovers her best friend murdered by a serial killer. The story is told from varying POVs, even the serial killer himself but is strategically done so that no clues or names are given as to who he actually is... until Mak discovers that info. This kept me clueless as to who could possibly be the killer and kept me ...more
Jul 04, 2016 Dee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't good. There were way too many stereotypes in here to really keep my interest, and the author seemed to want to go for quantity over quality (cram more dead bodies in but don't have any type of psychological impact on the remaining characters). The reason I stopped reading Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwall was the astonishing number of times their lead characters found themselves in the sight of a killer - in this book, just the first in the series, she's t ...more
May 23, 2015 Lobo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nos íme az élő példa, amikor befürdök egy könyvvel, aminél jóra számítok. De legalábbis szórakoztatóra, izgalmasra. Úgy gondoltam, nyaralásra pont jó olvasmány lesz.

Pedig izgalmas történetnek ígérkezett: sorozatgyilkos, főszereplő, modellvilág, nyomozás. Csakhogy az egész klisék tömege. A főszereplők csak papírmasé figurák: a modell lány, aki nemcsak szép, de okos is, mert egyetemre jár, ennek ellenére sorra követ el blődliségeket (legidegesítőbb: mindig úgy vette fel a telefont, hogy azonnal a
Aug 18, 2015 Begoña rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Isabela Klemich
A seriously easy read which could've been finished in one session. An easy holiday read.
Nov 14, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-reads, mystery
Fetish has broken two firsts for me 1 - It is set in Bondi, Sydney!! Close to my hometown so its nice being able to read something that is set in Australia 2 - Its my first mystery book and I don't know if this book was so good because its the first book I have read like this or if it truly is a great book. Either way I loved it!!
Makaydee is a model from Canada come to visit her best friend who has moved to Australia to be with her secret lover. When Makaydee arrives she makes a sickening discov
Debbie Johansson
Jul 02, 2014 Debbie Johansson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read from Tara Moss and I was pleasantly surprised. The plot, with its multiple twists and viewpoints, kept me hooked. Tara has obviously gone to great lengths with her research, and I found the main character's occupation an interesting change to those in other crime novels I've read. I listened to the audio version, read by Tara Moss and she has done a good job with the reading as well. My only real issue with the book was that I found the character of Andy Flynn's ...more
Julia Tulloh Harper
As a crime story Fetish is great. The pacing is really effective, the tension takes hold in your guts, and Moss genuinely had me wondering who the perpetrator was the whole time. Fetish is also really convincing and compelling since it’s so thoroughly researched – it contains a wealth of detail about the Australian police force, murder inquiries, legal processes and particular investigative protocols without ever reading like an information dump. I was really impressed with how much Moss seemed ...more
Eleni Konstantine
3.5 stars

I listened to this on the way to and from campus for night classes. A fascinating story with the POV of the killer really chilling. The story of a Canadian model who is caught up in a serial killer's fantasies is a good premise and I did like reading the book. I did however, find some of the dialogue stilting, maybe even more so since it was the audio version. And the pronunciation of 'skata' by Jimmy was something that jerked me out of the story for a second because was it was wrong. A
The crime thriller novel is a very popular section in literature. The format allows for a wide range of styles and ideas, there is the cynical Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade style,and the world weary but hopeful Michael Connelly series of Harry Bosch stories. Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, The Ladies No.1 Detective Agency, yes, it's a field of fiction full of strong characters, dastardly deeds, and mind puzzles.
Ms Moss wrote this book over 14 years ago, her entry into the world o
Melissa Martin
Mar 01, 2012 Melissa Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Tara Moss novel (and I believe this was her first novel written too).

A whole lot better than what I had expected I must say.

The story of Canadian Makedde (Mak) Vanderwall, gorgeous fashion model of amazonian proportions with real curves, who comes to Sydney Australia for a work assignment and gets caught up in the murder of her model friend Katherine.

It's a little bit Nancy Drew-ish (more grown up of course) at times, meets the world of SVU or CSI, as the reader is drawn into the world
Dec 23, 2013 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd never heard of Tara Moss the author before I saw her on the Australian TV show "Q and A" and was surprised to see that Moss the model and Moss the author were one and the same person. Being a fan of crime fiction I ordered this, her first book figuring it would make ideal Xmas reading. And it certainly is.

Beginning writers are always encouraged to write about what they know, so Moss' choice to make her leading character a glamour model with a penchant for crime fighting was a natural. I've
Bree T
Makedde Vanderwall is beautiful. The Canadian born model has relied on her tall, blonde curvaceous looks for over ten year now. She’s approaching the end of her modelling career, being a grand old 25yrs of age so she’s making the most of it while she can. A proud Australian size 10 with no starving herself going on here, she flies into Sydney to visit with her friend Cassandra, a fellow Canadian model working down under for a little while. Cassandra is a childhood friend, someone Mak knew when s ...more
Oct 25, 2011 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fetish was the novel I had been looking for for a long time. What kind of novel had I been looking for exactly? A good mystery novel. Recently i have been getting into mystery novels and my cousin had been bugging me about reading this one, so I did. And I thank her so much for pushing me into reading this novel. It was AMAZING. Definitely a good mystery novel! There's three main things a good mystery novel needs.

1. A main character that can kick ass: Mak gives us just that. She doesn't run off
Dec 25, 2012 Quoc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A serial psychopath killer is on the loose. His victims are luscious, beautiful young women with a missing pair of stiletto when found at the crime scene. Deemed as The Stiletto Killer - the hunt becomes a chase for the one and only, Mak.

Mak formerly known as Makedde Vanderwall, is a Canadian student studying forensic psychology and modelling on the side. She travels to Sydney, Australia where she temporarily resides and discovers her fellow friend Cat has been murdered. While Mak is modelling
Leanne Higgins
Nov 09, 2013 Leanne Higgins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Fetish was the novel I had been looking for for a long time. What kind of novel had I been looking for exactly? A good mystery novel. It was AMAZING. Definitely a good mystery novel! There's three main things a good mystery novel needs.

1. A main character that can kick ass: Mak gives us just that. She doesn't run off the first chance she gets, she faces the killer and, let's face it, she has that stubborn and headstrong side that can annoy us but make us glad she was like that in the first plac
Aveam cartea asta in asteptare de cateva zile, daca nu, chiar, de vreo saptamana, dar ma chinui, de ceva vreme, atat de tare cu Jurnalul Annei Frank, incat se pare ca am uitat cum e sa termini un roman in curs de cateva ore - asta pentru ca, pe parcursul a doua zile, am avut un program extrem de haotic, cu mers la servici, scoala, si altele prin casa [reparatii].

Fetis e prima parte a seriei de romane thriller a Tarei Moss, avand-o drept protagonista pe Makedde Vanderwall, studenta la Psihologie
Nov 26, 2013 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2013, adult

This was exactly the book I needed to get me out of my reading slump!

I have been wanting to read a Moss crime book for a long time. I watch her show on the CI channel and she has a damn impressive research resume (which includes being set on fire, knocked out, and gun training), so I had a high hopes and those high hopes were definitely met.

The way that Moss writes is effortless and captivating. The pages were flying by and before I even knew it it had ended. My biggest regret is not buying t
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Tara Moss is an author, journalist, TV presenter and human rights advocate. Since 1999 she has written 10 bestselling books, published in 19 countries and 13 languages, including the acclaimed Mak Vanderwall crime fiction series and the Pandora English series. Her first non-fiction book, the critically acclaimed The Fictional Woman, was published in 2014 and became a number one national non-fictio ...more
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