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Fetish (Makedde Vanderwall #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  1,446 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
Mak is young, beautiful- and in grave danger. An international fashion model, she arrived in Australia on assignment, only to find her best friend brutally murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer with a very deadly fetish. Before she knows it, Mak herself is caught up in the hunt for the killer .and trapped in a twisted game of cat-and-mouse. Who can you trust and w ...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published May 31st 2000 by HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd (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
Feb 19, 2012 Alex rated it it was ok
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
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
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
Ana Fernandes
Mar 28, 2017 Ana Fernandes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Estou um pouco desiludida. Esperava mais e o livro tinha realmente mt potencial, mas acho que a escritora não soube desenvolver bem a história.
Entre 2,5⭐ e 3⭐
Jan 14, 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
Aug 17, 2015 Begoña rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Jul 30, 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.
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
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
Jun 30, 2017 Margaret rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Tara Moss book I have read and it was certainly not what I expected. At the risk of being a spoiler I could not imagine her attraction to the foul tempered and selfish detective investigating the murders. The murders were cruel and sadistic and although I love a good thriller I did not enjoy this story at all.
Lana Elizabeth
Feb 09, 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
Jan 07, 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
Sep 04, 2010 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just started 1st and 2nd chapter and I'm hooked...reveiw to be
Isabela Klemich
A seriously easy read which could've been finished in one session. An easy holiday read.
May 30, 2017 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
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
I've read some excellent debut novels, but this isn't one of them. Two & a half stars, rounded up because I admire Tara Moss as a feminist and humanitarian.

The dialogue struck me as stilted and kept pulling me out of the story. The main characters were believable in some respects, but their actions were often not credible. I rarely felt the emotional truth of the story. Some scenes worked: Mak feeling tired, cold, lonely; the physical & emotional aspects of scenes when she was working o
May 22, 2017 Lesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy read loved it
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
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 23, 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
Jan 23, 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
Jill Smith
May 09, 2012 Jill Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a heart pounding mystery thriller. Makedde Vanderwall, known as Mak to her friends, travels to Australia to stay in a model agency unit with her best friend Catherine Gerber. She arrives with no one greeting her at the airport and makes her exhausted way to the unit to find she’s locked out. Where is Catherine?

Mak discovers soon enough that her friend is the victim of a serial killer with a fetish for stilettos. She doesn’t know that the killer has a letter and photo of Mak that Cat
Leanne Higgins
Oct 30, 2013 Leanne Higgins rated it it was amazing
"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
Sep 03, 2012 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
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Tara Moss is an author, journalist, documentary maker and presenter and human rights advocate. Since 1999 she has written 11 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 ...more
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