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The Girls He Adored (E.L. Pender #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  1,307 ratings  ·  90 reviews
From the author of Fear Itself comes a serial killer thriller featuring FBI Agent E L Pender.
Kindle Edition, 343 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2001)
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
4.5 rating for this. Also what do I say after reading this? Of course it would be a suggestion from GR, thanks a lot. Though it helps I heard nothing about this series.

Been reading suspense reads lately which was mostly for the Halloween month but now looks like I'm curious as to reading a bunch of these series I started.

This was a what did I just read kind of book. And yet I couldn't stop reading. It got weird, it got um what and what just happened moments. Oh and let's add creepy to that list
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Christie
Years ago I read the Dean Koontz book, Intensity. It was freakin’ terrifying. I generally find Koontz to be a pretty reliable writer- delivering fast-paced and exciting suspense, sometimes with a dash of the supernatural. (Of late I find him a little wordy, but never mind that.)

I was hoping Nasaw’s book would offer me the same thrill ride as Intensity, you know- one of those page-turners that you carry with you everywhere and can’t put down. The Girls He Adored is well-written (as these sorts of
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Maicie
Ed Pender, a frumpish special agent, is a bit of a joke at the FBI. He's spent years searching for a serial killer who favors strawberry blonds. Unfortunately, no bodies have ever been recovered and no one takes the agent seriously.

During a routine traffic stop, a deputy pulls over a man sitting next to a recently disemboweled woman with strawberry blond hair. Pender is sure this is his man. But before he can make the connection stick, the prisoner escapes. He kidnaps Dr. Irene Cogan, the court
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Shiela
This book appealed to my psychology background and was a real treat. Nasaw does a great job at creating a character who suffers from both the controversial Dissociative Identity Disorder phenomena and all of the implications that go with the disorder, and meshed it so brilliantly with Antisocial Personality Disorder in such a believable way. Max actually reminded me of a new and more twisted Hannibal Lector.

What I loved about this book is the amount of time and detail the author spends developi
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Franziska
The Girls He Adored is a very different thriller. I think, it's one of the most unique thrillers I have ever read.

I really liked Maxwell Ulysses. He has DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) and has multiple "sub-personalities". When he is caught killing a young woman in his car, it's Kinch (the killer part) that has control. But there are switches. Lots of switches. Controllable switches, and uncontrollable ones. It's difficult to describe this disease. There are also Lyssy, the little kid, Alic
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Brandi ;)
ummm, well....hmmm....I'm really at a loss for words here on how to review this book. It was very disturbing, hard to read but at the same time it was like the proverbial train wreck, you just couldn't look away, you just had to see and know what happened.
You know the deal on the book so i don't feel a need to rehash the whole DID psychotic details. What I feel the need to share is why on earth I could say I 'really like it' & give the book 4 stars when the abuse to women was terrible and e
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Goodenough
One cannot find a better thriller.

If you live on the Central Coast of California you will really love The Girls, as the action takes place there--between Big Sur and San Francisco with a jaunt to Oregon.

Nasaw is a much better writer than, say J. Patterson, who actually is a corporation of writers--how's that work?!

Nasaw develops his characters with great detail and depth. I've read some reviews by folks who are upset that he "gave away the ending", failing to understand that Nasaw writes psycho
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Lori Strode
Looking for a good serial killer book and I came across this, it is very descriptive and goes into the psychology behind the killer, which I always enjoy. The only thing is that E.L Pender is quite a dull character, and his segments contrast quite a bit with Max's rampage across the US. Reading the sequel, that problem is even more present, but that's going to be elaborated on in the review for that. I finished it in two days, it's quick and not too heavy for a weekend or for when you have a few ...more
Chris
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Jill Manske
This was an intriguing book that gave readers a chance to climb into the head of a psychotic serial killer who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (multiple personalities). At first it was difficult to keep all of the different personalities straight. But as the book unfolds, each personality takes on distinctive characteristics and mannerisms, making it much easier to tell them apart. The descriptions of the personalities felt very realistic and was very creepy; Nasaw did an excellent j ...more
NTE
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Voiceofmadness
Nasaw does an excellent job in convincing the reader about his villian who suffers from (violent) multiple personalities. I've never read a book quite like this before where the badguy is so believable and so well concieved that this man could possible exist. I often had to stop reading just because I got so creeped out. Bravo for this genre on that point.

The negative part I complain about is clear in the language--specifically the large words. The author uses terminology a normal person (with n
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Levian
FBI agent Pender had been investigating the random disappearances of women across the country. among the women, their only common characteristic was their strawberry blond hair. Max was an intelligent killer who suffered from Multiple Personality Disorder. he staged a jailbreak and kidnapped Irene, his court-appointed psychiatrist. she was kept in a secluded shelter away from civilization. she analyzed Max's various personalities, some viewed her as his prisoner, and others his salvation. she kn ...more
Alicia
LOVED this book! I needed a good one to hold me over until the newest Chris Carter book arrived in the mail and it did a wonderful job. I just ordered the rest of the series from amazon and look forward to reading them.

Usually I find that books about those with split personalities just aren't as good as I hope they would be. This one is by far my favorite in that category. First book I've read by Jonathan Nasaw but certainly not my last!
Christine
This is, hands down, my favorite book in recent years. As a psychology graduate, I found this book not only thrilling and extremely entertaining, but also amazingly accurate and not full of "fluff" for the sake of being shocking. It is a very dark, twisted book but it is executed phenomenally. I absolutely could not put it down to save my life.
Tamara
Very dark and disturbing novel. You are reading along and you think how can they make this up, then you realize they probably don't that it is a compilation of true events. Very well done.
Barbara Schweitzer
Interesting serial killer story but way too much about the multiple personalities of the killer--very far-fetched and became annoying--will not read others by this author.
Nicola
I really did like this, really easy to read.
Max is just awesome (in a crazy kind of way), you know who the bad guy is but you are still left guess as to whats going to happen next.
Kelly
I haven't read from this in days, and don't plan to finish it. It just wasn't my cup of tea, I guess. I found most of it to be quite unbelievable, specifically the multiple personalities of the killer, as well as the way that Irene behaved in his presence. Granted, I know little to nothing about Dissociative Identity Disorder, and perhaps the character reflects more truth about this condition than I realize. Regardless, neither the story nor the characters captured me in any way that made me car ...more
Sarah
I would read anything by Jonathan Nasaw ... so very easy to give this 5 stars!!

Meet Agent Pender, on the hunt for years for whoever is responsible for the disappearance of a series of women, women all with strawberry blonde hair. A local cop pulls over a car on a routine stop and meets Max and the disembowelled women on the seat beside him.

Max wakes in hospital and claims DID (aka multiple personality disorder) as his defence; his alters apparently are committing these crimes. Enter Irene Cogan,
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Joanne Parkington
Really enjoyed this book .. although not as scary as it probably could have been it was a pacey read with bang, bang, bang chapters. Max was a great character & well developed as the story progressed ... even as you get to the last page's you know ... the author know's you know, the same as you already knew about Miss Miller. The screw's could have been turned a little tighter, the mounting tension a little higher ... the Drying Shed was far more horrific in my mind than it turned out to be ...more
Shauna Tyndall
For the first few chapters, I thought The Girls He Adored would be getting five stars. Unfortunately, as it progressed, I noticed that I was not feeling any real fear. There was no heart stopping moments and I totally turned against Pender when he shot three of the dogs in cold blood. Even Maxwell thought that was going too far and he was a serial killer. So, it wasn't terrible but it wasn't the 'riveting thriller' that the cover promised.
However, I would be interested in reading the rest of th
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Rumour


This book had a great premise however, one that was difficult to keep interesting for the full story. While you cheer on the washed out hero, you can't help but feel a bit of sadness for Lyssy, the crazy multiple personality that's terrorizing strawberry blondes. The story was a bit predictable by about the halfway mark but admittedly, I'm one that wouldn't hesitate to put a book away if it was too boring and I did see this one through to the end. It's an easy read and so I wouldn't totally dis
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Rachel
similiar to silence of the lambs. I enjoyed it
thegrandr
I like his writing. It's messed up.
Halah
Sep 23, 2012 Halah marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
i can't wait to read this one .... i been telling everyone i know about it ( okay !! everyone i know who can stand my books' obsession .. and they are not many ) .. i got a a long break in a few weeks so i could read it .. Yaaay ! ... Cuz i hate to read heavy books ( as in murders\crimes\ect ) through out the semester because
A. I would read it straight through the night if it's a great book.
B. I would not sleep either from the greatness of the story or the nightmare i have because of it

so ya
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Lynne
A really good thriller, that makes you keep wanting to turn the pages to see what happens. It's not exactly the horrific novel that it's described as being but there have been so many films/books about serial killer that I think everyone's immune to it now. About a killer with DID (multiple personalities) a therapist he kidnaps and who undertakes a course of therapy with. I enjoyed it, everything a good thriller should be and introduces a series with a character of FBI Special Agent E L Pender.
Amber
The Girls He Adored gripped me from the start. It was a fast-paced novel, with a very different killer. One body, numerous personalities and all controlled by one in particular. Each one has their own 'gifts' that Max can call up any time he wishes - until things begin to go very wrong.

It's creepy, frightening, and will leave you breathless as you turn the pages faster and faster as each fraction of the tale comes together to form a satisfying end.
Shannon
This is a great scary book! I actually read this book years ago and I forgot the name of it and for the last year I have been trying to figure out the name of this book so I could read it again. I was so happy when I finally found it! This is such a weird plot and just very disturbing, but so original I couldn't help but be intrigued. I'm super excited to see that there is another book in this series. If you like scary books then this one is a keeper!
Kim
Found the Dissociative Identity Disorder fascinating, to say the least!! I loved how the book is not only written in small chapters but also broken in sections within each chapter. I found myself saying "I'll just read a little more...I'll just read a little more...I'll just read a little more!" Each chapter alternating storylines kept you seduced and interested in the story. I look forward to reading more of his writing (as this was his first)
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Jonathan Nasaw is the acclaimed author of Fear Itself and The Girls He Adored, both Literary Guild Selections. He lives in Pacific Grove, California.

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