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Touch (DI Charlotte Savage #1)

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Harry likes pretty things. He likes to look at them. Sometimes that isn't enough. He wants to get closer. Naughty Harry.

DI Savage and her team in Plymouth have a string of horrific rapes on young women to investigate, but no leads whatsoever. The women are being drugged, abducted, gang raped and then dumped in the middle of nowhere. When the body of one of the rape victims
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 11th 2013 by Avon (first published July 20th 2011)
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Tim The Enchanter
Nov 10, 2014 Tim The Enchanter rated it did not like it
Maybe I wasn't in the mood for it or maybe I didn't give it a chance. After 20% I abandoned the book. I found the characters to be flat and the prose to be difficult and not at all crisp. As my wife's grandfather always said, "I'm too old to read a book I don't like".
Lorrea(WhatChaReadin'?)
**2.5 stars**

Detective Inspector Charlotte Savage is investigating rape cases where the women were drugged and then dumped. When one of those victims, a student, who was supposed to be headed back home, is found dead, the case starts to change. When a second body turns up much like the first, DI Savage is none too happy. Now another girl has been reported as missing. Can Savage find her before it's too late.


I read Touch because the author was doing a Q&A with our group here A Good Thriller.
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Christine
Apr 30, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I found it highly engrossing after just a bit of a slow start. While reading the second half of the book I had a hard time putting it down. It is told from the perspective of both Detective Charlotte Savage (a strong, competent, very likable protagonist) and the main perpetrator, though we are not totally sure who the latter is till close to the end. There are a lot of characters so the reader has to be on his toes to keep everyone straight; personally, I didn't find that to ...more
Abbie Ennis
Dec 17, 2013 Abbie Ennis rated it really liked it
WOW!

It has been a long time since I have randomly picked up a book and was left happy knowing that I made the right choice not putting it back on the shelf.

I had never heard of Mr. Sennen, but saw this book on the shelf in the shop and thought why not.

His writing style is refeshing and the storyline is gritty and there is a character for everyone.

A great read!

I recommend to all.
Richard
Feb 08, 2015 Richard rated it liked it
Shelves: own
It is good to be pointed to a new author and then find you like his work.
This is a bright and interesting book, a polce procedural set in Devon & Cornwall focusing on DI Charlotte Savage. I liked the fact two cases spilled over into one another, I liked the story of Savage and her desire to work hard but not dishonest enough not to think of throwing a sickie.
The plot was well consructed and revealed and the reasons for the crimes and subsequent actions believable and possible in the scale of
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Jo
Jun 16, 2015 Jo rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
i read this as it was set in the city I live in - Plymouth - and I really enjoyed that the author knows the city and surrounds well. Places I know and places I love were well described and may the book seem oh so real. we lived in a flat on Grand Parade in West Hoe! Habing said that, the subject matter of the book was gruesome and sick and I juat disn't enjoy it. There were chunks of the book where I thought - we just don't need to know the sickwning details. It didn't add to the plot or ...more
Deviki
May 13, 2014 Deviki rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome!!!
Ok I have to warn everyone who loves crime stories, this book is quite graphic and it is very disturbing. I know I've taken almost a month to read the book, but that is because I was also reading other books at the same time.
I like DI Savage (although the name could have been better) I like how she takes control of the investigation and what she did at the end. For that alone I salute her! I also have to admit that I have bad habits of watching way too many real crime cha
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Nicky
Oct 20, 2013 Nicky rated it it was amazing
Firs of all I would like to thanks the author for giving me the chance to read this book through the Goodreads Firstreads giveaway.

This was a book that I was looking forward to reading and I am not disappointed.

It is a classic detective book but the fact that the culprit was already known to the reader had me intruiged as to how engrossing the detective part of the book would be. However there are still plenty of twists and surprises to keep you going and I will admit that despite being famili
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Laura Dobb
Aug 15, 2013 Laura Dobb rated it really liked it
Thanks for the book I won from goodreads, here is my review.
Firstly, crime novels are not my first port of call so this was a new one all round for me. I did find the book engrossing and always wanted to know 'what happens next'. What I really liked about this book is, until the very end (I won't spoil it for you) you really do have no idea who is actually committing the murders. There are obviously the main suspects and you presume it will be one of them, or a whole concoction of them all but
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Raz
Nov 09, 2013 Raz rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, crime
I've been reading a lot of police procedurals lately: they seem to be my new preferred type of mindless fluff.

This one was good in places, but I felt it had some problems. Firstly there were way too many police officers involved. Apart from Savage there was no need to have an additional 7 or so officers. I didn't feel I knew any of them, and in fact I kept having to remind myself of who they were (helped by some rather clunky reminders in the dialogue). I imagine this is with a view to sequels:
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Zili
Sep 06, 2013 Zili rated it really liked it

I received a copy as part of the Goodreads Firstreads scheme!

Touch is a crime/thriller set across South-West England. The book begins with DI Charlotte Savage and her team investigating a series of date-rape/abduction cases in Devon. When the body of a young woman is discovered it seems the rapist has taken a more deadly turn.

The story follows Charlotte and the other investigating team, along with the mysterious Harry, RT and Mitchell. Mark Sennen offers a disturbing and terrifying insight into
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Alice
Aug 16, 2015 Alice rated it liked it
I read this book because it is set in Plymouth, where I live. Whilst for the first half I enjoyed pointing out all the street names and local places that were mentioned, that novelty wore off.
It did leave me feeling a little bit queasy as it is HIGHLY descriptive and i think it was a little too dark to my liking. Although there were a few jolly bits , it is really a pretty morbid book.
I found it quite hard to keep track of all the police force characters as they are all introduced at the same
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Lynda Kelly
Nov 10, 2014 Lynda Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deleted
I just couldn't get along with this. I did try but it just seemed way too confusing to me and parts not very believable and I just didn't "get" it. Plus it featured sailing/boating quite a lot and I've no interest in that at all so sort of switched off at those mentions and just wasn't enjoying it at all.
The cover on my version wasn't any of the covers listed here and it was what drew me to it in the first place. I've a lovely cover of a boat in the sea. A way nicer one than the boring knife bla
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Stephen Clynes
Oct 03, 2012 Stephen Clynes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Follow Detective Inspector Charlotte Savage with an enquiry into rape, missing persons and murder. Touch is a crime thriller set in Devon. This novel follows both the police and Harry, the perpetrator along the same time line. I liked the way the plot developed, getting the story from both sides. I enjoyed this creepy tale that had a good pace. The story deals with the darker side of pornography and deals with men's relationship with images and pornography. Touch offers a good explanation of ...more
 Olivermagnus
Detective Inspector Charlotte Savage and her team are investigating a series of of gruesome attacks on young women. The victims are being drugged, abducted, assaulted and then abandoned. When the mutilated body of one of the women is found on a beach, the rape case turns into a murder inquiry.

While the story itself is fairly standard for the police procedural genre, I did like Charlotte a lot. She's not filled with angst and she's very professional. She heads her team in a believable way and wh
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Sarah
Jan 26, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DI Charlottes Savage is investigating the murders of several women. Her husband is a naval officer who is away from home leaving her to bring up her children with the help of Stefan their nanny!

Harry is a rapist and killer and as the story progresses we learn something of the reasons why he does these things. The story alternates between finding out what is happening with Harry and what is happening with the investigation.

The story is based in and around Plymouth and reads very easily. It is no
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Tim
Mar 14, 2015 Tim rated it it was amazing
As I read the opening chapter I got a strong feeling that I'd been here, read it all before and I realy thought I was going to be dissapointed. After all once you establish the crime there is only so much variety the author can introduce. It appears that Mark Sennen has managed to take it to the next level.
The characters were re-assuringly real, the scumbags were, of course, scumbags but the police were presented as very human and peripheral characters were shown to be imperfect (just like us al
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♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
DNF at 45%

Kudos to the author, you went out there to write a horrifying book about rapist and serial killers and the people trying to catch them. Unfortunately you did too good of a job and your book made me feel rather ill, it was the whole sly hinting in the kiddie direction that did it. So I had to put your book down for my own sanity - plus I have many other books that need reading that are bound to be more enjoyable. I wish I got to see the bad guys getting caught (assuming they did in fact
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Weenie
Jul 13, 2013 Weenie rated it liked it
Firstly, I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway - thank you.

A good crime thriller, where you got to see into the mind of a serial killer. Good pace, good plot and storyline and good descriptions of police procedures and of the Dartmoor/Plymouth countryside surroundings. Oh and the British weather!

Not bad characters, the odd cliched one but no one that was too obvious. The main character Savage probably wasn't the most interesting one in the book but this didn't detract from the story.

A nic
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Simon
May 29, 2016 Simon rated it liked it
A 3 1/2 for me, an easy British procedural crime drama involving female abduction (why don't men get abducted for a change? and sexually molested). A few faux pas early on... for example, been pouring down with rain, mud all over the place, then how can one pick up Tyre tracks and boot prints !!!! its tooo wet, and secondly semen deposited on a woman's stomach after 24hrs of rain again would not last ...... anyway, a good start by Mark to this series. And ohh yes a good positive is the banter ...more
Jan Hawke
Sep 19, 2015 Jan Hawke rated it it was ok
This book is set in my home town and the author is due to be speaking at our annual book festival so I wanted to see if he was worth a hearing. Well....I enjoyed all the references to familiar localities initially, although I never felt the author got to the heart of what a beautiful, interesting, historic city Plymouth is...it just felt like a rather grubby university town. The crimes were graphically depicted and unpleasant, characterisation poor and the ending pretty implausible. Think I will ...more
Kirstin
Sep 10, 2016 Kirstin rated it liked it
It was okay.. struggled to like any of the characters though.. including the good guys!! DI Savage's comment "couldn't happen to a nicer dog" when talking about a Staffie being killed.. was the nail in her coffin!!! Not sure I will bother with anymore DI Savage books...
Andrew
This book is certainly not for those who are faint hearted. It certainly pulled no punches with a rather unpleasant story-line.

I liked the setting, in and around Plymouth. It felt very realistic. The police procedural aspects were also convincing.

There is a lot of description which helps to add quality, but slows the pace a bit.

Some of the dialogue sections between the detectives is well written and adds elements of dark humour which I liked a lot.


I will certainly read the next book in this seri
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Rachel
Aug 09, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Was immediately hooked when I started reading this book. This book has a lot of twists and you really sympathise with the characters. A very good book. Love how the 'voices' of the characters thinking is completely different as if the author has fully developed the characters and they have produced their own voices and personalities. Will definately be watching this author for more books. Highly recommended book for mystery lovers and everyone else. 5*
Nick Davies
Jan 30, 2016 Nick Davies rated it really liked it
Yep, this was pretty good - bought as a cheap 'three for £5' punt, and well worth the gamble. Sennen writes about a kidnapper-killer in a fast-moving and interesting little police procedural set in and around Plymouth, and does so with great conviction. The details of the crime/criminal are pretty gory and distressing, so readers of a nervous disposition should probably avoid this, but I found the plot and the characters involved to be believable and interesting - if a little cliched in places.
Michelle Douglas
Dec 19, 2015 Michelle Douglas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first of Mark Sennen's books that I have read but it won't be the last. The story shows a sad reflection of the times we live in when an abused child becomes an abuser and murderer themselves.It tells the tale of two separate police enquiries which are found to be linked by the end of the book.I shall certainly look out for more in the series of books involving DI Charlotte Savage and her team
Maxine
Dec 05, 2013 Maxine rated it liked it
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

A good holiday read. A typical serial killer romp.I would happily read more from this author. I did think that if this was going to be a series we could have done with more back story about the Plymouth police force characters and their family.
Angela
Dec 21, 2014 Angela rated it liked it
In this book you get to understand the different perspectives of those involved, which in turn gives the story a little more credence. Personally I found Touch to be neither good nor bad. It didn't take long to read and didn't require much imagination, but I haven't given up on Mark Sennen yet and will try Bad Blood (the next in the DI Savage series) in the near future.
Karen
This grabbed me from the first few pages in. The main characters I found interesting and DI I liked that we saw her balance work and family. It was a easy read. The nature of the crimes may not be to everyone's taste. I think as a first novel this was a good start and I will read the next one to see how the writer developed in style, depth and descriptions of the crimes.
Pat
Feb 28, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. Savage was a competent and thoroughly believable detective inspector who marshalled her forces expertly and professionally to apprehend a very nasty killer. Enough tension to keep you up at night turning the pages.

I'm looking forward to the next instalment. At the very end Savage does something that could come back to haunt her.
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Mark Sennen was born in Surrey, but spent his formative years in rural Shropshire where he learnt to drive tractors and worm sheep. He has been a reluctant farmer, an average drummer, a failed Ph.D. student and a pretty good programmer. His first Charlotte Savage book was self-published and became an Amazon number one thriller. Now the series is published by HarperCollins. Mark lives, with his ...more
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