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Eye Of The Beholder

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  594 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews

A Heart-Pounding Thriller about Dark Secrets and the Horrific Lengths That Desparate People Will Go to Keep Them

Attorney Paul Riley has built a lucrative career on his famous prosecution of Terry Burgos, a serial killer who emulated the lyrics of a violent song to gruesomely murder six girls, including the daughter of billionaires Harland and Natalia Bently. Now fifteen

ebook, 400 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Penguin Group (USA)
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May 18, 2010 Maddy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007-reads, bottoms
PROTAGONIST: Paul Riley, lawyer and Michael McDermott and Ricki Stoletti, police detectives
SERIES: Standalone

Sometimes being a voracious reader of crime fiction can make it really hard to give a new book a fair chance. If you spend a lot of time on the dark streets or in a locked room, you've come to know (and often, detest) some of the clichés of the genre. You're aware of the trends, and which themes and approaches are overdone. It's actually rather sad to pick up a book like Eye of
Ângela Costa
Sep 26, 2013 Ângela Costa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mais um livro que me surpreendeu e que adorei a sua leitura!
Dec 19, 2013 Ms.pegasus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a fast-paced thriller
Shelves: mystery, fiction, thriller
1989 to 2005 – 16 years. A lot can happen in that time. Paul Riley, experienced federal prosecutor and newly appointed second in command to the top county prosecutor, has the case of a lifetime thrown into his lap. A delusional loner is linked to the murder of six women, two of them students at a private liberal arts college. The physical evidence is overwhelming. The accused worked at the college as a janitor. A restraining order had been issued by one of the victims against the accused; the po ...more
I is a book that would have been read rather than listened to. I think Dick Hill (the reader) must have...taken....lessons from the...William Shatner...School...of..Public.........Speaking
Frau Zentner
Ich gebe es jetzt auf. Ich habe nun mehrfach versucht dieses Buch zu lesen und 2mal abgebrochen. Das ist das erste Buch, das ich nicht zu Ende lese...
Apr 01, 2016 Megalion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5th book in a row by David Ellis. Which should tell you all you need to know about my opinion of his books.

This one threw me though. The Jason Kolarich books, I read in this order: 3 1 2 4. Chronological appears to be 2 1 3 4. Fortunately he does a good job of jumping around in time throughout the books that it didn't affect my experience of the character backstories development.

Here's where it changed for this Book. Two characters from the series are the lead and and equivocally prominent chara
Oct 30, 2015 bedlambelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
pros: 1.the true story was a surprise.
1.he tried too hard to push a theme by adding unnecessary background stories for minor characters which paralleled the main story.
2.the wealthy person involved made a very bizarre and complicated plan to avoid consequences when I think they would be more likely to feel the rules don't apply to them and throw lawyers and money at the problem.
3. it was boring in part because the author kept switching to the viewpoint of many different characters and i
João Carlos
Um título sugestivo – uma capa com um design verdadeiramente apelativa – e para finalizar uma das melhores sinopses que já li: "O delegado do ministério público Paul Riley construiu uma carreira lucrativa a partir da sua famosa acusação a Terry Burgos, um assassino em série que seguiu a letra de uma canção violenta para assassinar barbaramente seis raparigas, incluindo a filha dos multimilionários Harland e Natália Bentley. Quinze anos depois, a polícia é confrontada com uma nova série de assass ...more
Nov 28, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a riveting "who done it" from beginning to end, with so many twists and turns that you are constantly thrown off track. I loved it!

The bodies of six women, two of them students and the other four prostitutes, are discovered in the basement of a college auditorium in the hiatus between the end of the regular school term and the start of the summer term. One of the dead students had previously been stalked by the school's maintenance man, Terry Burgos, and had a restraining order against
Susan Kelley
May 15, 2008 Susan Kelley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like mysteries!
In 1989, County Prosecutor Paul Riley had the conviction of his career. He sent serial killer Terry Burgos to his death. Riley successfully proved that Burgos murdered women by following the lyrics to a song.

Since then, Riley has struck out on his own with a very prosperous law firm. Power and money are at his disposal. Everything good in his life can be traced back to the Burgos trial.

It's now 2005, and the killings have started again. This time, the killer is following the second verse of the
Jun 23, 2009 Anica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
I am honest, it took me a while to get into this book even though I can't really say why. Because the beginning was very exciting and I was hooked. But then 100 pages happened where...nothing happened. Now that I have finished it I can't really say that we needed those pages at all. I wasn't that bored but I wanted to get back to the old and fascinating story and not some blahblah.

But around page 200, the book was good again. The whole story started to developed. It was such a pageturner after t
Holly Gravel
Apr 03, 2016 Holly Gravel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A- "Paul Riley, atty, prosecuted Terry Burgos 15 years earlier as a serial killer who used violent song lyrics for each murder. A billionaire’s dtgr was last person killed, and he convinced Paul to leave her case out. Now there are new copycat murders..a few too many twists for me to get it all, but there is a Russian schizo/handyman/killer, the dtrg is alive as her wayward cousin, Paul loves the gov’s dtgr
Jan 10, 2011 buchtrunken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition sagt über dieses Buch:
»Ich bin nicht der Einzige.«
Dieser Satz ist der letzte, den Paul Burgos von sich gibt, danach wird er hingerichtet. Überführt wurde er des Mordes an sechs jungen Frauen, die man grausam zugerichtet in einer Schulaula fand. Man nannte es das Mansbury-Massaker. Für den jungen Anwalt Paul Riley bedeutete der Fall den großen Durchbruch. Doch acht Jahre nach den Vorkommnissen wird die Polizei mit einer neuen Mordserie konfrontiert, und Riley muss erkennen, dass die
Jul 05, 2016 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ik heb genoten van dit boek. Lekker spannend en geen vrouwelijke huilie huilie toestanden. Het uiteindelijke plot had ik niet voorzien en werd erdoor verrast. Je moet wel even je aandacht bij de ontknoping houden, want het is niet rechttoe rechtaan. Ik had veel sympathie voor de hoofdpersoon Riley. Ik zou een serie rondom hem absoluut gaan lezen. David Ellis heeft er een fan bij.
May 04, 2016 Cyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second David Ellis book and I liked this one as much as (if not more than) the first one I read (Jason Kolarich #2). The plot may seem far-fetched and convoluted but I found it fairly compelling (despite some "no way could he have figured that out" moments) and not the least bit boring.
Paul Riley has established his law practice based on his successful prosecution of a serial killer who killed 6 women one of them the daughter of a local billionaire. When other people start to be killed in a similar manner with a connection to the case and sends notes to him, he wonders if he may have prosecuted the wrong man. Good read.
Jul 01, 2016 Papalodge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like Abbott and Costello's 'Who's on First' - with the exception that you finally get on base with this story. It has , with the exception of a car chase scene, a lot going for it.
Enjoyed this story with its many blind alleys.
Nov 27, 2012 Alejandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five gruesome murders of five girls brutally slayed emulating the first verse of a deranged song. The conviction comes quickly since there is no room for doubt as to who the killer is. Or so it seems... Years later, after the original killer has been executed, the second verse of the song is being reenacted again and dead people start to turn up. People who are connected to the first five murders. Coincidence? Ruthless lawyer Paul Riley, who convicted the first murderer, thinks not. He embarks ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Sharon marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
There's nothing wrong with this book, in as far as I got. I just found it a bit boring and so gave up on it. Not going to rate it with the stars because that probably wouldn't be fair, based on me just being bored.
Carol Turznik
Nov 03, 2014 Carol Turznik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Mr. Ellis, it's been so long since I read anything by you and how I've missed you. Only you can pique my curiosity to where I don't want to put your books down. "Eye of the Beholder" did not disappoint! The twist and turns were marvelous and I must admit, I never had a clue as to the ending.
Nan Williams
Dec 28, 2013 Nan Williams rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quit
Graphic gore and violence in the first few chapters had me close the book. I've read and enjoyed other books by Ellis, so I continued after the first graphic horror. When it became obvious that graphic mutilation and desecration of victims would be a constant, that was it for me.

I do appreciate the fact that he put the offensive (to me) items in the beginning of the book so that those of us who do not want to read that sort of thing can put it down before getting involved in the story.

I wish the
Elisabeth S.
Mar 25, 2016 Elisabeth S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein gut geschriebenes buch! Anfangs hat es ein wenig gedauert, dass ich mich das Buch gefangt hat, aber zum Schluss konnte ich dann nicht mehr damit aufhören. Der Schreibstil war auch gut zu lesen.
Apr 13, 2015 Candy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starts with an interesting twist - an attorney easily convicts a serial killer ... but when the killings resume, he questions his case. Very suspenseful...
Jun 27, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Started off a little weird and all over the place... The rest of the book was fast paced and it was fun to figure out the ending, the twist!
Michelle Strommen
Jan 29, 2016 Michelle Strommen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book. A little confusing at first but then it all came together. Lots of twists and turns. Good ending
Jan 19, 2008 Marlo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fifteen years ago, prosecutor Paul Riley made his mark by putting away Terry Burgos, who was inspired by song lyrics to kill six young women in the most gruesome of fashions. Now, a new series of killings bears a frightening similarity to the Burgos murders, and as the victim list keeps growing, Riley realizes the killer seems to be sending a personal message to him. In order to solve the new crimes, Riley, realizing that the connection to the Burgos case is very real, must confront his own past ...more
Anita Lans
Apr 14, 2016 Anita Lans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Geweldig boek; heel spannend. Als ik tijd had gehad had ik het boek in één ruk uitgelezen.
Aug 25, 2014 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, it took me a while to get through this. Not one of my favorites, but very suspenseful.
Leo Danniels
Jan 05, 2016 Leo Danniels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uno de los mejores asesinos que he leído, tenía que llamarse Leo
I tuned out listening to some parts. Great reader (Dick Hill). 7/10
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David Ellis is a lawyer and the Edgar Allan Poe Award winner for Best First Novel for Line of Vision. Ellis attended Northwestern Law School and began his legal career in private practice in Chicago in 1993. He served as the House Prosecutor who tried and convicted Illinois Governor Blagojevich in the Impeachment Trial before the Illinois Senate. He was elected to the Illinois Appellate Court in 2 ...more
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