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A year before retirement, Chief of Police Frank Murphy wants nothing more than to spend his golden years on HGTV marathons and endless tee-off times. What he gets is a string of abductions that makes Ted Bundy look like an amateur. The Human Obsession is the sequel to Heath Sommer's 2009 breakout psychological thriller The Manufactured Identity, where Murphy and hapless lo ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published December 14th 2010 by Tate Publishing & Enterprises (first published December 2010)
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Psychoreader
This was brilliant. Writing at its best!
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What really amazed me about this series after reading this one is the fact the books are entirely different from each other. The contain a few of the same characters, but each one has a different feel. They also have each provoked different emotions.

I wasn't expecting The Human Obsession to be so dark and gritty. But, the author decided to take us farther into the mind of someone willing to commit acts that most humans can't even begin to imagine. It was actually really hard for me to read at t
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Kim Crump
I have just reread this series for the third time. I am still troubled, to be honest by the whole concept, but like a car accident that secretly captivates me, I find myself thinking again and again about the themes in the book. Sommer first published manufactured identity in 2009, and I first heard of this book from a friend who had him in Child development last year at ISU. Then, another friend of mine held a massice book club to raise awareness of the series. I kinda joined with skeptacism be ...more
Judith.garza
What really amazed me about this series after reading this one is the fact the books are entirely different from each other. The contain a few of the same characters, but each one has a different feel. They also have each provoked different emotions.
I wasn't expecting The Human Obsession to be so dark and gritty. But, the author decided to take us farther into the mind of someone willing to commit acts that most humans can't even begin to imagine. It was actually really hard for me to read at t
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Meghan Barnes
Jan 28, 2013 Meghan Barnes rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers, suspense, mystery, psychology
Wow! I read this book for the first time right after I'd had my first child, which made its serial-killer antagonist all the more thrilling (see: terrifying) for me. This is the second time I've read the book, and it had the same impact. I had to go into my daughters' room just one more time each night I was reading to check on them. That said, Sommer has a knack for writing some seriously hairy stuff in a way that won't leave you scarred for life. This could be considered a bad thing, but I did ...more
Brittney
The Human Obsession is another masterpiece of suspense and psychology from Dr. Sommer. All of the remarkable aspects from the first two books in this trilogy are found once again, but this time they are even more sophisticated, profound, and relatable. As a reader you are more invested in the characters which makes the scenes more intense, thrilling, and heart-wrenching. The chapters are brief and the ability to move quickly through them complements the anticipation building in the storylines.

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Dawn Clarke
Thrilled and wanting more! My personal favorite of the series.
Julie
I started out this book confused some, but I truly did get into it and understand it. When I first looked at it to read it there were claims that you didn't have to read the book(s) before it. I was thinking that was a mistake, but as I got to understand the characters more and the story line, I did enjoy it quite a bit. The title makes it sound like this book is gruesome, but it is not. Good book!
10_guys_book_club_ralph
had never heard of this author before reading this series in the ten guys book club....started a little slow then addicting and thought provoking. This is a new author i will be following some more. Not for you though if you have a weak stomach for blunt
10_guys_book_club_carl
I had a really hard time with John in this book series. I am still not sure how to think of him. It seems in one novel I love himm, another I hate him. and now I am just more confused then ever.

Great but hard, honest look at life series.
Dikechukwusmsm.com
Good book, held my interest. However, at some point briefly the story line became chaotic an senseless. How likely is it to have so many disturbed people connected in such away.
Brittany Phallups
I dont usually write editorials, but the feeling when you are done with this book and triology...its different. Wish I could explain. I hope the author writes a fourth
John Williams
Jan 09, 2011 John Williams rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves thrillers!
Wow, this has really turned out to be a great series. I very much enjoy reading books in a series and this 3rd book has got me wanting more.
Parker Smith
i liked this one, but there was a little much for me at the end. Still, pretty cool book. my least favorite of the three
Quinten Hoffman
book club Book: By far the best of the series, but still a lot of psychology. I am not a big fan of too real in novels.
10_guys_book_club_will
Ultimately I enjoyed the sychology more than the story, although both were great. Recomended read
10_guys_book_club_darren
Unbelievable. This is such a good series! I will be very angry if there is not a fourth!
M H
high-blood pressure read. I held my kids a little too close last night when I finished!
Pam
OK...best BY FAR! ...and...i'll never trust the school district or walmart again
Antoine Carr
Ok....this was RIDICULOUSLY good. I am dying to see where this goes next!
Carmen Clashte
WOW! Okay, converted again..FAST read.This was BY FAR the best of the three
Mark D
Freak :( I ain't having kids.

Best novel so far in series
Louise
Loved it. A break from the formulaic thriller, with a great ending.
Mountaintwestbookreview
My favorite of Sommer's books. Loved it, loved it, loved it.
10_guys_book_club_larry
absolutely loved this series....course I'm a shrink!
Carrot
usually dont like these types, but this was really good
Ayeaye
this one is my fav of the series...creepy
10_guys_book_club_ed
this series continues to build
Jacob Mofkrit
Best book i've read in a while
Luke J
this...book...ROCKED!
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Dr. Heath Sommer is the author of The Manufactured Identity psychological suspense series and runs a developmental disability and mental health clinic in southern Idaho.
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