One by one, he's killing them. Lurking in the digital underworld of Men4HookUpNow.com, 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.
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 ...more
The book was very violent and graphic which might bother some. there was too ...more
Rick R. Reed
Quest Books (2007)
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 ...more
Making "throwaway" characters come alive, if only for a moment, requires enormous skil ...more
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)[ The main character is Police detective Ed Comparetto. Shortly into t ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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.
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 ...more
The switching POV around was done really well. It made me want to improv ...more
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 ...more
Overall I really enjoyed this book. I did skim in a few places where I just wasn't into the ...more
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.
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)[I had my hand up 'Mr. Carter!' style yelling 'I know who the killer is!' For a (repeate ...more
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 ...more
Then a predator starts using Men4HookUpNow.com 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more