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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  220 ratings  ·  50 reviews
The Internet Is the New Meat Market for Gay Men Now a Killer Is Turning the Meat Market into a Meat Wagon.

One by one, he's killing them. Lurking in the digital underworld of, he lures, seduces, charms, reaching out through instant messages to the unwary. He's just another guy.

They invite him over. He's just another trick. Harmless. They're dead wrong.


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Published (first published February 1st 2007)
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Timothy Bright is a serial killer who targets his victims through a gay hook-up site. After the first murder, openly gay detective Ed Comparetto is asked to investigate. Once he questions a witness, Ed’s life takes a turn for the worse. Nevertheless, he is determined to solve the murders and find out the truth about Timothy Bright, even if no one else believes he exists.

I really enjoyed this story! If I didn't have to complete a class project, I'd have gobbled it up in one sitting. Its relentle
A.J. Llewellyn
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
So many plot holes I almost fell through the book. The writing itself was excellent and the characters very well drawn but the premise was trite & the plot predictable. The set up was absolutely ridiculous as I said in my progress notes and the cops were beyond stupid. Even the main guy was an idiot. I loved his bf though and thought their relationship realistic, not love at first site I'm going to die without you.

The book was very violent and graphic which might bother some. there was too
Nov 20, 2008 Rick rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller, mystery, and suspense readers
Rick R. Reed
Quest Books (2007)
ISBN 9781932300796
Reviewed by Tyler R. Tichelaar for Reader Views (4/07)
“IM” by Rick Reed is a fast-paced page turner that I could barely put down. The title is the abbreviation for
“Instant Messaging” but in this case, the instant messaging results in instant murder. While it is a mystery
concerning a series of crimes against gay men, and featuring a gay detective and a questionably gay killer, the
plot twists, character development, and suspense make it a s
K.Z. Snow
I'm going to come at this from a different angle. Yes, IM is a horrifyingly realistic thriller delivered through crisp prose and perfect pacing (I was up late into the night finishing it). But something else impressed me about this book: how the author managed to sketch concise yet resonant portraits of the killer's victims; how he also managed to create a murderous psychopath as intriguing as he is repellent.

Making "throwaway" characters come alive, if only for a moment, requires enormous skil
Tammy K.
I give this story two stars.
When I read the book synopsis I thought it would be a good fit for me as I love detective murder mystery and thrillers with a little bit of horror.
It started off very interesting, but fell into a spiraling descent from which it never recovers.
The story has so many flaws that I could not get past and hence I did not enjoy this story. I felt the story lacked credibility/believability.
(view spoiler)
Wow! IM is the first novel I've read by Rick R Reed - but it certainly won't be the last. Reed takes a modern-day twist of the gay serial killer that is at once unique and intriging; the killer meets all his victims online. Unlike typical serial killer novels, where bodies stack up will police search clues to find the person responsible, IM displays a strong backstory of the killer's life that is served up to the reader in doses throughout the novel. Just when I thought I'd figured out the reaso ...more
***** Audio book review = 5 surprising stars *****

I 'read' this book in its audio format so my enjoyment was impacted by a number of factors: the plot, quality of the story, style of the telling, characterisation and finally the narration. Ideally I would like to be able to assess the two components (the story and the narration) separately but actually find the narration has too much direct impact on my views of the story to do this effectively.

This is a mystery/thriller and is a beautifully cra
This book took me so much longer to read than normal, because I kept having to put it down. I've always been a big fan of horror/mystery books, but one just scared the hell out of me. At one point, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish it. I had to have my hand held through the entire last half, and STILL put it down at least five times. It could be partially due to the "lonely hearts" aspect of the killings. I just didn't want to see the lonely ones end up like that. there were a lot o ...more
Holy shit, this was scary! Brilliant, but scary as hell - don't read it in the dark.
Ije the Devourer of Books
Be afraid. Be very afraid. Rick R Reed at his best!!

I think this must be one of my favourite Rick Reed mysterys!! It has tension, blood, guts, death, fear and also love and romance. It is 'Silence of the Lambs' scary too. The best part for me is that it is truly gripping. Once I started I wanted to race to the end and I was immediately drawn into the twists and turns of the plot. The story has a way of evoking images in my mind and it explores some fascinating aspects: the ease and superficialit
Ok, let me start by saying this is really, really not my genre! I would never ordinarily choose a book like this to read. I hate suspense and horror. This was chosen for me in the Pick It For Me challenge, so I felt I needed to give it a shot.

After about 4 chapters, I knew this wasn't something I was gonna like. I suffered through and about a 1/4 of the way in I found myself thinking that the author has a really good writing style, the characters were really fleshed out, (sometimes literally) a
From the book's very first murder, Mr. Reed takes the reader on a wild ride where nothing is as it seems. Ed is a cop whose job crumbles from under him as he chases after a madman who may already be dead. Timothy Bright seems heartless and cruel, but as the story progresses, the reader learns what has made him who he is. Throughout the book, the pacing is tight and fast, catapulting you through the twists and turns, leaving you breathless, until you're reading as fast as you can in an effort to ...more
3.5 stars
It's a fast-paced murder mystery involving Internet dating. There are enough twists and turns that make me keep reading till the very end. The only 'complaint' is that there are several point of views, switching from one character to another, that sometimes I feel 'lost' and not enough insight into the ones that I think as the "hero" of the story
"You could call him the Stephen King of gay horror." Well that's what he is.
Murder, mystery, suspense.
Characters that show up and you ask yourself "How are they going to fit in?" Well, everyone is a piece in a huge jigsaw puzzle.
Mr. Reed keeps you on the edge of your sit. You never know who is going to be next.
**some spoilers**
Timothy Bright - I haven't read a heartless nasty piece of work in a long time. I tried to hate him, in the end I felt sorry for him. The more you know about him the more
Zach Sweets
I seriously need to ask myself one question: why the hell I waited too long to start reading IM?! It was so unbelievably good. Made my heart beat frequently. Worried about several characters. Feeling sad for some of them. The author did extremely well by covered everything I needed to know to understand the story as a whole. I get to read the killer's POV, the main character's POV, the victims' POV, and family members' POV.

The switching POV around was done really well. It made me want to improv
Bryl Tyne
Heard all the rave and just had to read IM for myself. Wow.

A too real concept using online dating for the major plot element that will leave you feeling just a bit paranoid if you've ever hooked up with someone from an online service. Once again, Reed's ability to portray realistic, multidimensional characters shines. Some of the horrific content might make you squeamish though, but unlike some horror stories that seem too far fetched to ever be possible, IM is closer to reality, which makes it
As a gay guy in the age of Manhunt and Craigslist and all the other easy hook up sites available, this book sometimes had me thinking, there but for the grace of God go I. The extraordinary amount of trust I have to place in the total stranger walking through my front door just for a few moments of pleasure never really crosses my mind when flirting with someone online. Man oh man, it certainly will now.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I did skim in a few places where I just wasn't into the
Maria M. Elmvang
A thriller where a serial killer with a taste for homosexual men meets his suspects through logging onto gay dating sites. It's not for the weak-hearted, but if you enjoy a good thriller that will get your heart beating faster, IM is a good choice. The fact that the plot could only too well happen in real life makes "IM" even more chilling to read.
I have to say I wished I never read this book. I am sure I will never have another good night sleep again it scared me that much. This book is about a serial killer and the way it was written was so well done it felt like you are right there in the action. I have never read a book that was so realistic.
Full review can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews.

A thriller that will have you anticipating, yet fearing, what will happen next. I couldn't put it down. Another outstanding book by Rick Reed.

cat who reads
The more I read, the lower the stars dropped. At the halfway point, I was willing to give this two and a half stars, but the end was so implausible, so completely, ridiculously unnecessary, I could feel my brain cells snapping under the strain of stupid.

To start with, for an 'intelligent' cop, Ed takes a long time to figure out some painfully obvious clues. In Ed's first interview with Timothy, (view spoiler)
A creepy look inside the world of internet dating. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a scary, realistic thriller.
Vince Liaguno
Instant messaging has become for an entire generation of young gay men what gay bars and bathhouses were for the generation that preceded them. Quick, anonymous, no strings sexual encounters are now a click of the mouse away in a computer age world where glory holes have been replaced by web cams. Gay men no longer need to endure the requisite small talk in dark, smoky bars filled with the mingling scents of too much Obsession and Polo or furtive encounters in department store men’s rooms and ca ...more
Wendy Ann
Eerily realistic and altogether creepy! It’s not hard to imagine real life events mimicking fiction in this case. The storytelling is extremely vivid and puts you inside the heads of multiple characters as it unfolds. Some of the scenes are quite graphic, so reader be warned.

The writing style just pulled me immediately into the story. From there, I was along for the ride on every twist and turn to get to the bottom of this case. I felt all the roiling emotions of every character – from the fren
Apr 02, 2008 Sarra rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarra by: Front Street Reviews
Shelves: review-copy, 2007
The Internet is the new meat market for gay men. It’s easy and anonymous to hop online, browse a website and pick out a partner. So what if the descriptions are misleading and the pictures are ten years out of date, as long as the sex is hard and hot?

Then a predator starts using as his hunting grounds. Chameleon-like he knows how to seduce his prey by becoming any man’s fantasy. They invite him over, let him in, and wish they hadn’t when the blood starts flowing as he satisfies
Chilling, tense, and terrifying are some of the first words to spring to mind as I write this review. By page 73 the people in the room with me were asking me what the hell I was reading because the beginning of the chapter I was sniffling and I was gasping and biting my lips by the end of the chapter. Milt’s part really got to me, what can I say?

I normally don’t like books with several different POVs, but in this case it didn’t bother me at all and actually made me like it more. The shifts are
Lil' Grogan
4.5 stars
Overall: Engrossing and heartbreaking. A pervading sense of loneliness and grasping for contact.

Plot: Chilling main story. Subtle romance for a main character.

Characters: Shifting POVs allow insight into most characters and felt smooth. Letting us directly into the serial killer's mind was interesting, not something I've always enjoyed in the past. Reed presents realistic characters who are not necessarily admirable, instead are trying to navigate life as they see best.

Likes: The snaps
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