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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,870 ratings  ·  222 reviews
It's criminal profiler Ivy Dunlap's job to unravel the psyches of the most dangerous men alive. None haunts her dreams more than the killer who took her son's life sixteen years ago, then silently disappeared into the dark. Now an urgent request for help from the Chicago police has reawakened Ivy's greatest nightmare.

The Madonna Murderer has returned to fulfill his callin
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Onyx (first published January 1st 2002)
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Laura Elisabeth
The mothers weren't virgins, they were whores. Whores! He was the untouched virgin. He was the immaculate birth.

On the streets of Chicago, there is a serial killer amongst us. He preys on every mothers deepest fear - the loss of her child. The Madonna Murder has resurfaced, getting smarter and more cunning with each victim, and its up to Detective Max Irving, along with Criminal Profiler Ivy Dunlap to stop him.

I love the cover for this book, it instantly draws you in. If you enjoy serial kille
HUSH reads like the mainstream popular crime fiction commonly associated with Karin Slaughter, Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson etc. yet it’s enjoyable and gripping from the get-go, largely due to a seriously messed up antagonist whose thirst for murder is as unquenchable as is the limitless lengths he goes to in order to destroy the lives of his victims and their family.

The ‘Madonna Murderer’ murders mothers, punishing them for their sins while claiming to ‘save’ their babies by subjecting th
I picked this book up for $0.99 for my Kindle on a daily deal, not expecting much. I don't read much mystery/suspense, okay, basically none at all, so maybe that's why I liked this so much, out of the ordinary for me. It was great though! The story line was interesting, the psycho guy was truly completely mad, I read it in 5 days, which is fast for me.
Fast moving with good character development. Serial killer with mother-son complex. Some cursing and graphic details, but not out of place. Not well edited as noted several typo's but didn't detract from the story. Couldn't put it down. This is the first book I've read by Anne Frasier and now won't be my last.
Susan May
I love serial killers. I love reading about them. I love writing them. I wouldn’t want to meet one, and I don’t glorify them, but there’s something delicious about getting inside the mind of one via a good book.
Anne Frasier released the thriller Hush in 2002 and it went on to become a bestseller alongside many other bestsellers among her 24 books published so far. Frasier writes a serial killer with the best of them, just as creepy and absorbing as Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs and as te
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There's a madman on the loose in Chicago - he targets single mothers and their newborn sons. He's been dormant for sixteen years, but now he's back. Homicide Detective Max Irving is charged with the case and, to his chagrin, he's saddled with Ivy Dunlap, a Canadian who has written a book about symbolic murder...and who also has a secret.

This was a perfectly serviceable thriller which kept me turning pages, despite the adherence to the fairly standard formula - perfect ai
This story revolves around a serial killer stalking Chicago, IL. The killer was murdering mothers and their infant sons. One mother, unbeknownst to him, survived and had been given a new identity and a new home. After a hiatus of 16 years, the murders started again and this mom was asked by the Chicago PD to join the team that was trying to apprehend the killer they called the "Madonna Murderer". I found this story intriguing and well-written and I read through it quickly. Great read!

I received
First I want to state that I got this book free for my Kindle. I did not read what it was about and I thought it was a different story. I was a few chapters into the book when I realized my error but I kept reading anyway. I felt the book had a good beginning, middle, and end. I feel Anne Frasier left no unanswered questions when she finished the book. I also like how she could have a sequel using the characters to work another case if the she wishes.

I did feel this book was written for a youn
I like a good crime thriller, and this was a good one. Not great, but good. A few times I had to think if I'd read this book another time before because certain parts of it I was experiencing deja vu. I got the book for free via so I'm not going to be complaining about the price.

Main character Ivy Dunlap is the only survivor of a serial killer known as the Madonna Murderer, who inexplicably stopped murdering after the attack on Ivy (then Claudia) and has been in remission for 16 year
ALthough this is is probably considered a thriller, I found Hugh more creepy than thrilling. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the book, though. Serial killer books are almost always "interesting" but this one particularly so since our crazy bad guy murders unmarried mothers with newborn boys. And I mean newborn--like a couple days old. He brutally murders the women and sorta, kinda kills the babies in a kindly loving manner. Obviously, he has Mother Issues. And boy, does he have a Mother. The ch ...more
Quite a good story, if you like psychological thrillers: a very sick serial killer attacks unmarried women and their baby boys. Some really scary moments at the end.
Pretty good book. The story progressed at a good pace. Written from the point of view of several characters, but was never confusing as to who was speaking. Explained some back story of all the people. Didn't give all the details, just enough to reel you in. Very glad it wasn't overdone in detail. Ending was good. Answered questions without giving up too much. Only complaint was the number of editorial errors. But it was a free Kindle book and I'm finding there are many errors in these free book ...more
Criminal profiler Ivy Dunlop receives the call that she had been waiting for for the past sixteen years, since the murder of her son at the hands of a serial killer dubbed as “The Madonna Murderer”. Ivy had barely escaped death herself and has been awaiting the day when she would be able to avenge a loss that has left her with its blazing mark on her.

Chief Homicide Detective Max Irving doesn’t like it when he is ordered to “babysit” the criminal profiler from Canada. Its not like they weren’t re
When Ivy gets the phone call she's been waiting for for many years it means that she has to go back to the United States, to Chicago. She's a criminal expert and the police need her help to solve a difficult case. The Madonna Murderer is back. At first Max isn't happy with Ivy's assistance. He's a good detective and he doesn't want to take anyone by the hand while he has so much work to do. When he finds out who she really is his opinion about her changes drastically. Together they go after the ...more
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Brenda Ayala
Hush is one of the better thrillers I've read in a long time. The pace was fast, but didn't feel like it was rushing too much either.

Ivy is secretly Claudia, the only survivor of a serial killer's attack. Her infant son was not so lucky. But she survived, and now she is being brought right back into the fray to hopefully catch the Madonna Murderer for real.

Who is the Madonna Murderer? A man who was abused by his mother while growing up, and who takes it out on single unwed mothers. He murders t
3.0 out of 5 stars -- Lunatic killer stalking unwed mothers and their newborn baby boys...

Claudia Reynolds survived the Madonna Killer though he killed her newborn son and has been relocated with a new identity in St. Sebastian, Canada, when she gets a call from Superintendent Abraham Sinclair of the Chicago Police Department. When he asks her to come because "it has started again," Claudia, now known as Ivy Dunlap, knows she must go back and help to catch the man who destroyed her life and kill
Blood Rose Books
In her debut novel Anne Frasier takes the readers to Chicago, where a serial killer has re-emerged placing all those with new born sons in a state of panic: Ivy Dunlop has lived through many individuals' greatest fear but it was not without consequences. She now spends her time researching, testing theories trying to understand and unravel the minds of the most dangerous men but it is not these new skills that are going to be the most helpful on her next case. The Madonna Murderer has returned ...more
Carley {I'm not like a *regular* mom, I'm a *cool* mom}
Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy!

Well, that was disturbing. But that didn't detract me from devouring it. I was a little worried that it would affect me too much as a single mom and a worrywart at that but I think there was a good balance to it. The autopsy scene did leave me squeamish as well as the detached head (mainly because in my line of work, I had just recently come across accident photos very similar to what was described so that mental image was most chilling). I loved
Vanessa Delamare
I liked the combination of cop and criminal psychologist whose true identity is hidden (even if the identity is mostly hidden from the cops, since we understand very quickly who she is). The characters are well written and complement each other well. The writing is fluid, it's an easy and quick reading. There's nothing complicated, we are dealing with a psychopath that we discover very early in the book. Yet Hush has a few surprises here and there. The possibility that Max's son is Ivy's is very ...more
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“The mind is such an amazing universe.”

I was drawn to this book by the amazing cover art and discovered a fantastic police procedural/psychological thriller. This book has great pacing, in-depth character development, a creepy villain and protagonists you will empathise with and enjoy reading about; I really enjoyed this read.

And the point of difference in this particular read is that the writer acknowledges the pain and effect that being party to a serious crime, whether as a witness,
Angel R
This was a great book. I loved every minute of it and couldn't put it down. I always kept me wondering what was going to happen next and I felt like if I put it down I'd miss out on something!
Found Hush to be a pretty solid book. Once I started listening to it I couldn't stop. The story had a wonderful pacing and the right amount of creepy.
This book had a nice build for the characters and plot. While some moments you question why they were put there as the book goes on it revels itself. As a fan of thrillers I was left a little bewildered at what I felt was a rushed climax, with the revel of the killer and timing of it all coming at a little bit out of the blue and to me felt it need
I picked this up on a whim...and couldn't put it down! It catches at your heart from the very begining and goes from there!!
I got this free on Amazon and didn't expect much. It was super creepy and so well written I ate it up. Loved this book.
Karen Patterson
I would say this is a solid 3.5 star thriller. I enjoyed the writing and the character development for the main two characters (could have used a little more on the secondary characters), but can’t really say there was anything new to rave about in this genre. You do have the psycho serial killer who grew up in a horrible environment, looks like your plain average neighbor and who kills unwed mothers and their newborns which I guess you could say is new and sick in and of itself. So, while it is ...more
First... how great is that cover.

Secondly... I give this book 5 stars.

The Madonna Murderer has resurfaced (although we don't know why) and Ivy Dunlap is called back into the scene. She is a criminal profiler, and this one hits close to home. As she was one of his victims. 16 years ago. The MM targets single mothers (who he deems as whore) and baby boys. She is partnered with Max Irving, homicide detective with a teenage adopted son. I am SO glad that there wasn't a romantic sideline to this st
Fast paced, creepy, and way disturbing! So good.
Steve Gupta
Nice serial killer drama
Expected more.
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