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Stealing Faces

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,619 Ratings  ·  217 Reviews
Twelve years ago Kaylie McMillan fell victim to serial killer John Cray's sick obsession -- and escaped. So did Cray.Twelve years later, the nightmare still haunts Kaylie, putting her sanity in jeopardy -- and her life at stake. Because Cray is still out there.

And tonight, he's going to finish what he started...
Paperback, 424 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Signet (first published 1999)
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Aaron Lazar
Mar 27, 2012 Aaron Lazar rated it it was amazing
I've been reading and reviewing a fair amount of books this year, all of them quite good, and most of them on Kindle. Of course, I vet them before I accept a review request by reading the first few pages and the synopsis. There's nothing worse than reviewing a book that bores you to tears or that just isn't your cup of tea. So I almost always love the titles I accept.

In the midst of all these excellent books, however, came STEALING FACES. This high suspense thriller literally knocked my socks of
I struggled on whether I should give this book one or two stars. The opening scene was really good: well written and enticing, if not a little disturbing - it got me excited for the book. And then the rest of the book was disappointing. The writing was poor. I'm pretty sure the author used a lot of big words just to fool people into thinking that he is a good writer. Apparently it worked because a lot of people have rated this book highly. Meanwhile, I'm pretty sure he just had a thesaurus handy ...more
Nov 27, 2011 Kelly_p rated it did not like it
A predator who only feels alive when hunting women, who believes that there is no ghost in the machine, and people are just animals, is being stalked by a woman from his past... the one that got away - literally.

Unfortunately, John Cray is a cliche wrapped in another cliche, prone to dramatic preachy monologues that were so unoriginal it was all I could do to not groan aloud. The lack of attention to developing the villain as a character made the book feel plastic and 2D - a hammer horror - and
Jan 26, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started a little bit slow but suddenly I was completely engrossed in it. Very easy to associate with the characters. As soon as you're invested in this you start cheering for Kaylie at every turn she makes. Dr. Cray is the bad guy but only she knows it. Its hard for her to convince others because everyone thinks she's crazy. She has to stop Dr. Cray on her own and how she does it is great. Truly enjoyed this book. Michael Prescott always surprises me & I love it!
Aug 27, 2011 Rick rated it really liked it
Clever, great characterization, and one of those books where the suspense is so great, you just MUST read one more page, just one more...and then you're at the end.
Mar 30, 2014 Mitsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a smart thriller
Shelves: thriller
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Oct 26, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it
When I first started reading, I thought that maybe I had read it before. A serial killer who rips off people's faces? Was that in a different book? Or had I just read this book before? I don't know. As I kept on reading, the book started to seem new to me. I didn't remember reading all of the stuff in the middle before. The ending was slightly familiar.

I enjoyed reading this book. I shared in the main character's frustration that nobody believed that Dr. Cray was evil. And that poor Kaylie could
This was an incredibly by-the-numbers thriller. And sadly, I don't think the author meant for it to be. It seemed to be trying so hard to burst out of the mold, but it was formulaic and boring as anything you'd find in this genre. Worse yet, the killer was a long-winded blowhard who wasn't in the least intimidating. The female lead seemed intent on making every rookie mistake she could. And the final hero of our story was the same old cop with the same old sordid past you'd see in any cop drama. ...more
Jul 08, 2011 Caroline rated it it was ok
Recommended to Caroline by: Amazon
Easy read picked from "Recommended for You" list on Kindle Store. Kind of disturbing the way the author dove into the killer's psyche. Had me wondering more than once, "Is this how this guy thinks in real life?" Creepy.

Kept me entertained (I wanted to find out what happens next) although the writing was less polished than some. The characters were real enough, and I found myself rooting for the protagonist.

Rating says it all: It was OK. Wouldn't recommend and wouldn't read again.
Jan 24, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable read full of action, thrills and chills. Once I actually got busy reading it I couldn't put it down!! I have to admit that I was able to figure some things out ahead of time which is unusual for me but that made me enjoy it that much more. I like to be surprised but I also like to be able to put the clues together and figure it out for myself before the "reveal". Since this happens so rarely for me, it helped make this a great read. Dr. John Cray appears to be a wonderful man wh ...more
Jul 20, 2011 Denise rated it liked it
so far so good. I have enjoyed the book. Only about halfway done with it but I can't seem to put my Kindle down for very long before I'm reading it again. LOVED IT
Deb Moeller
Jun 24, 2013 Deb Moeller rated it it was amazing
Scared the crap of out me. Great book!
William Malmborg
Jul 26, 2012 William Malmborg rated it really liked it
Kaylie McMillan is a young woman who has spent many years eluding those that hunted her. Lately, however, she has become the hunter. Her prey is a man named John Cray. Her reason for hunting him: she suspects he is the one behind a murder recently uncovered in an area outside of Tuscan, Arizona known as the White Mountains. The victim’s name was Sharon Andrews. Her body was discovered after a flash flood pulled it free from the grave it was buried in, the plastic it was wrapped in to keep predat ...more
Feb 01, 2013 Neeka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, I need to say one thing in regards to a review of this book that I read on here. The individual had stated that the author used big words and probably had a thesaurus the entire time in writing this book. I disagree or my vocabulary is much better than I give myself credit for. There weren't any huge words that I did not know - except for the prescription drugs.
Ok - now.... I really enjoyed the premise of the story and also the style of writing. There was something that just sucked me
Apr 28, 2013 Darla rated it it was amazing
**Possible spoilers** Ok, when I first ran across this book on my Nook and read the summary of it, it intrigued me enough to read the free sample. But I never made it thru the whole sample because I just decided I had to buy the book and see why Cray was being followed by this woman and who she was! Well I am glad for my impatience, this book was so good, it drove me crazy and up the wall with questions!!! Dammit, it almost had me pissed off because the author knew exactly how to drag out the ne ...more
Mar 15, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, ebook
I don't recall ever reading Michael Prescott before, but after reading this, I am anxious to read another. I loved this book, and literally could not put it down! I liked how we not only get to see inside the killer's head, but we also get to see inside Kaylie's head, too. 12 years ago she escaped, and is back to take Cray out, once and for all. Having been in hiding and on the run, using multiple aliases over the past 12 years, Kaylie is ready to be set free. It's amazing how many times this wo ...more
Nov 17, 2014 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I didn't care for the beginning of this book, I continued to read it because it intrigued me as to what would happen to the protagonist, Kaylie, who was being pursued by an evil and sick psychiatrist. Needless to say, I'm glad I continued reading it to the end. The author, Michael Prescott, seemed to wait to the very end to tie up all loose ends, including an explanation to the relationship between Kaylie and Dr Cray.
Feb 16, 2014 Teresa rated it really liked it
Talk about hard luck! Kaylie is an incredible young lady, stuck in a situation of her own making. The book is fiction, I get that, but how someone could survive on the run for 12 years like she did, hunting her hunter is entertaining. I love how Mr. Prescott does not give you the FULL story, only bits and pieces as you read. You are compelled to keep reading out of pure curiosity as to why the characters continue to do what they are doing. A fun read.
Jul 22, 2015 Llyrolite rated it liked it
Well, okay, I actually like the book quite a bit, especially the early half of this book. I like Cray's personality and the setting of the book. It's actually intereting to read it, but after a while, I could deduce what would happen in the story. Personally I think the ending is somewhat weak. No offense here, but I don't really feel any "anticipation" when I read the ending.
Cindy Meilink
Jul 31, 2011 Cindy Meilink rated it really liked it
For those readers who enjoy a good thriller, Stealing Faces by Michael Prescott definitely fills the bill.

Women are going missing. One of the woman is found with her face cut away, and only one person knows what's happening. That person is Kaylie McMillan, a woman on the run for the last twelve years after an unprecedented escape from a mental institution where she was held after the murder of her husband.

Dr. John Cray, the Director of the institution and her therapist during her time there, sud
Jul 25, 2011 Martha rated it liked it
I'm about a third of the way through this and can only think about how lucky the "heroine" has been so far. Well, interesting book that was horrible in parts and interesting in others. It's a story about a psychiatrist who's director of a mental institution who thinks killing women and taking their faces is a great way to spend an evening. He's being "stalked" by a former patient who was in the hospital after shooting her husband. She escaped and we're now 12 years later. There is a clever detec ...more
Kathy Jackson
Aug 25, 2011 Kathy Jackson rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Kathy by: No one
The book began with the killer hunting down a young woman in the mountains and killing her. This is what he does for fun and sport He finds a young woman is following him but she manages to elude capture a few times and even get captured but gets away before he can start the game with her. The woman is someone from his past and I can't say much more without giving it away.

The good: the killer was very well thought out and presented. I was impressed with the creepiness as he hunted down the helpl
Jun 02, 2012 Erica rated it liked it
This was a pretty decent thriller. The psychological aspect of it was good... as a psych major, I enjoyed it. I felt that if the author had gone into the back-story a little more, it would have been better. Some parts seemed to drag a little. The characters were good... I especially liked Kaylie. I felt that her character was the most complex. John Cray was sinister but a little blah. And the detective was another character I enjoyed. The last chapter had me on the edge of my seat but up til the ...more
Kat Wong
Sep 10, 2014 Kat Wong rated it it was amazing
Shelves: serial-killers
I love reading all the books of Michael Prescott. I bought ALL of his books back in my 20's. I like the fact that his books kept me wondering who is the serial killer behind the murderous acts.
Sep 12, 2011 AJ rated it liked it
Shelves: novels, fiction
I was in the mood for some fiction, and this one was $0.99 in the Kindle store. It wasn't as bad as most of the cheap Kindle books I've read. It was rather interesting, especially the antagonist who was so logical and unemotional that he had broekn people down into nothing more than chemical reactions, and thus felt no compunctions in killing them. Very interesting to me, as a study of someone crossing over that line.

The protagonist was a little more annoying. I like stories where the good and e
Barbara McGrath
Apr 19, 2015 Barbara McGrath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stealing Faces

Another great novel by ..Michael Prescott.
I enjoyed the characters and the plots.
His novels have entertained and educated me.
Jared Johnson
Jan 29, 2015 Jared Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this novel. It's fast and deadly. The woman character is amazing and is so real you can touch her. If you want to read a terrific thriller this is the one.
Sep 02, 2012 Fragmentage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brutal serial killer that hunts his victims down like prey and collects their faces as trophies, a young woman on the run from her old life and a homicide detective trying to cope with the loss of his wife are the protagonists of this fast-paced Thriller. Throw some theories and facts about the human mind in the mix and you get an intriguing page turner with some surprises and twists. Try not to read too many reviews, I've found they are giving too much away too soon.

We have to believe there's
Madison K
May 02, 2016 Madison K rated it it was amazing
This book kept me on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, and slightly sweaty the whole entire time. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE!
Kayla Brooks
Oct 10, 2014 Kayla Brooks rated it it was amazing
Reader beware: this one's gory. But it was such a gripping story and kept my heart racing the whole time! Not one to read before bed though :)
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