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Die Stille vor dem Tod

(Smoky Barrett #5)

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,728 ratings  ·  209 reviews
The 2016 German Hardcover release can be found here.

An einem kalten Oktobertag werden Smoky Barrett und ihr Team nach Denver, Colorado, gerufen. Im Haus der Familie Wilton ist Schreckliches geschehen: Die gesamte fünfköpfige Familie wurde ermordet, und der Täter hat durch eine mit Blut geschriebene Botschaft Smoky mit der Lösung des Falles beauftragt. Doch das Unheil ist w
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published December 2014 by Bastei Lübbe
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Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was going to make me hate Cody McFadyen. It was so difficult to read. I began to doubt he was the actual author. It felt nothing like the previous four books. Sometimes it felt like reading a psychology textbook. Other times, it was a serial killer's manifesto. And it boggled my mind. I experienced major confusion with a side of boredom.

I'm thinking, Cody, man, you need to get back on your meds.

Then, during Chapter 19, things started to turn around. I felt the buzz. My adrena
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been reluctant to read The Truth Factory because it seems to be the last Smoky Barrett thriller we will see, since Cody McFadyen seems to have dropped out of circulation. As a fan of the series, however, I was greatly looking forward to seeing what the FBI’s most famous agent and her team would come up against next.

In true McFadyen fashion, the book opens with a grim, gruesome scene. The team is summoned to suburban Denver, where multiple families have been murdered and carefully displaye
Linda Strong
Let me begin by saying that the Smokey Barrett series is one of the best I have ever read ... and I have read thousands of books. My qualifier is that the series should have stopped after Book 4. To say THE TRUTH FACTORY is a major disappointment would be quite an understatement.

The book reads more like a textbook on psychology than anything else. Yes, Smokey is featured .. she is now remarried and very pregnant. Her team gets a very small mention here and there, which is a real shame. It's Smok
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oct-16
The Truth Factory, by Cody McFadyen, is the 5th book in his electrifying Smoky Barrett series.
Smoky heads a team of FBI agents who hunt down the most horrific of criminals. With a past filled with pain, violence and death Smoky has become an intensely shrewd and talented leader.
As the story begins, a very pregnant Smoky and her team travel to a suburb of Denver where once a small, quiet neighbourhood has now become a baffling scene of grizzly murders. The killer has left a bloody message for Smo
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favourite of this series - certainly waited long enough for it to be published! To say I was disappointed, would be correct.

While it did have the shock/OMG factor, I found it was written more like a psychology text book on the workings of serial killers' minds and the inner sanctum mind of Smoky Barrett - like a total rehash of her whole life and why she is the way she is. Would have liked less sermon and more action like the other books. Extremely wordy book - am wondering if it was all
It seems like ages since we last caught up with FBI agent Smoky Barrett & her team but if you thought the author was going to ease you back into their lives, think again.

As the book opens, a very pregnant Smoky & her violent crimes unit travel to a suburb north of Denver where a once sleepy little cul-de-sac now resembles something out of a horror movie. Three houses, three dead families. The killer also left a couple things for Smoky….a bloody message and, well, that would be telling.
What imm
Luke Cumbo
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I NEED this book when is it available in English and Cody's previous book the innocent bone quite annoyed by the lack of information but love Cody's writing style and Smokey Barrett and team just want to read them!!!!!! Answers please Cody, im an excited fan please let me know when I can read your amazing works of art??????? ...more
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think my earlier comments said enough so my low rating should not surprise anyone. The sad thing is, the story starts really exciting and the case has a lot of potential. But somewhere around 30-40% the author focuses on psychological anecdotes and explanations for a huge part of the novel. These chapters are not insignificant to the story as a whole, but also what comes later just wasn't as exciting as I had hoped it would be. For me this was too analytical, felt too much like reading a text ...more
Elaine Tomasso
I received a free iBook copy of this novel, just as well or I would have felt I had wasted my money. Having read all the previous novels in the series I was really looking forward to The Truth Factory after such a long wait but I was sadly disappointed.

Where to start? The premise of the novel is excellent with 3 families living next door to each other all brutally murdered and Smokey and the team flying in to Colorado to investigate where they are ambushed. After that it goes downhill with a poo
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“Some things are so evil they must be denied, until proven by evidence of the most undeniable kind.”

Okay, I've spent the last few days reading or re-reading the first four books in the Smoky Barrett series. Loved them. Loved them when they first came out and loved them just as much this time around.

It was just by luck that I found that this book was out there. The fourth book was published in 2009. Then there was a gap of seven years and this book was self-published in 2016. I have a lot of ques
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Total timewasters, all my enemies - do not read!
Shelves: preordered
Preordered this as soon as I realized the author is still alive and will publish a new book, which is just a few years late after it was first announced. Word was that he was seriously ill and I expected no more books from him, instead I prepared myself for his death notice.
Not knowing what really happened (it may simply be an extreme case of writers block), I am glad he can write on and hope he is not ill anymore.
Sorry to say so, but this book is as bad as it gets. Just having skimmed a few re
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was a very hard read... what happened to the magic from the other 4 books?

Did CM just did'nt care anymore?

The story could have been very good, and it does have a few good places (highlight on the word few) but the rest of the time, its all about psychology. Now, dont misunderstand me, I dont mind a little psychology here and there, but the way it was descriped/told.. I found it SO boring...

The book clearly leads a 2nd book with this story, and I dont know if he wanted to end it in suspence,
Mike Hughes
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Toooooooooooooooo damn wordy, geesh never thought i wanted a book to end any more than this one.

50% of this book reads like a text book, damn boring as hell, could have cared less. some parts bored me to tears. the other 50% we got flashes of what made the first four books so good. but he took a few years off and now we get this, better be glad i read this one last. he must have used the years off to get a psychology degree or some crap, cause thats what this one is like.

story itself was pretty
Vera (Estante da Vera)
I'm glad I was not the only one disappointed with this book. It felt like some parts - the exciting and interesting parts - were written by Cody McFadyen, while others were fillers, soulless manifestos and textbook explanations.

I don't know if there'll be more books on this series. There are plenty of loose ends to bring us at least three more books but it's hard to say. Sometimes an open ending is all we can ask for.

I do hope we get at least one more book, and Smoky Barrett and her team go out
Vicki Willis
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2018
This was so disappointing. I had read the first four books in this series and loved them! I was so excited to find this one, but it was nothing like the others. It had very little excitement or action. It seemed like the entire book was 3 dialogue conversations explaining everything. I found myself skimming and it still was a boring, dull book. The big reveal didn't even excite me. It has been a long time since I have been this disappointed in a book. ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointment & waste of time

I have been a huge fan of this author through all his previous books - but this one failed at multiple levels. Boring, endless narratives about minutiae of the process while ignoring the natures of the characters we had learned to love in the previous books. And then, to top it off, the book ended with the capture of only one of the three perps. Altogether a waste of my precious time reading a book that simply just wasn't worth it. It will be the last book I
Fiona R
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This has been one of my best loved series...until now.
The Truth Factory was different to previous instalments first of all because it wasn't Smoky and her team working a case. Rather, it seemed to me the author had something he wanted to express about evil and did that via Smoky's long winded internal monologues.
The death factory was both horrifying and intriguing, but beyond that, I nearly closed the book several times....and finally did at the 50% mark.
I looked forward to this book for the lon
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I waited a long time for book 5 and it was so disappointing. Way too much talking in one's head and everything was over-explained. Pages upon pages upon pages of Smoky in her head. Or the team explaining the shit out of something when we finally got to see them all together. And the big reveal was a snooze. Because the author's done this trick before. Ugh. ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've tried. God knows I've tried. But I just can't finish this one. It's just so damn boring, convoluted, and far-fetched. As an ardent Smokey Barrett fan I looked forward this this instalment for several years, but the level of detail about things that didn't drive the plot forward makes this instalment the least enjoyable of the series. ...more
lucy keenan
Not as good as the rest

The use of the newspaper articles seemed a lot like telling, not showing. A big, boring, torturous cheat. The last quarter of the story finally reved up. The interview with Childs was excellent. And, why wouldn’t Smokey have come right up out of the torture room? To go into a fugue state for 7-8 hours? Does that fit her character?
Nov 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this series!!! Fast paced, exciting serial killers along with Smokey Barrett and her team of profilers were some of the best thriller books around. Then this one happened! Reads more like a psychological text book!

Just boron and awful! So disappointed on all levels. Do not read!
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I waited a long time for the release of this book and was so disappointed.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm really glad that I wasn't able to read this book in one sitting, it was a dark brutal read. You would that with all that Smokey had been through so far she would get a pass in life. But no, Smokey managed to walk right into a pit of evil, where nothing is as it seems, where there are so many layers, where you think it can't get any worse when you turn the next page and realize it's been kids play til now. With that being said I like the place that Smokey ended up mentally, she's in a good pl ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely McFayen's worst book so far. I've read all of his previous books and liked them a lot, apart from a few eye rolls, when it got edgy for the sake of being edgy. However, let's not talk about the previous books, it's been a while since I've read them, but I at least don't remember ever being bored by them, which happened a whole lot with this one.

I felt like half of the book was made up of three long conversations of which 1 1/2 were not even that interesting. I almost stopped reading
Dolly Sandor
Wow, I’m completely at a loss on this one.

I’m not even going to attempt to follow my standard when reviewing a book. The “what I liked/what I didn’t like” format doesn’t work for what I want to say about The Truth Factory.

There is oh so much I was disappointed in with a book I feel like I’ve waited forever to publish.

The Smoky Barrett series has been on my recommend to others list ever since I read the first in the series, Shadow Man which has over 600 reviews on Goodreads. It was just that b
Dana Delamar
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd waited forever for this book to come out in English. McFadyen is one of my favorite writers, and I've loved Smokey Barrett from the very first book.

"The Truth Factory" is hard to rate. Parts of the book are simply brilliant -- gripping, surprising, and by turns, horrifying and haunting. Smokey's relationships with her family and team are tested severely and strengthened at the same time, and there's a heartbreaking scene with James that brought me to tears. Many passages in the book are inc
Karyn Niedert
Aug 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-challenge, dnf, own-k
I love Cody McFadyen and his Smoky Barrett series. His writing has always been exciting and on-point. Smoky's heartbreak and her triumphs have kept me company for years. Such excitement did I feel upon realizing that he wrote "The Truth Factory" that I immediately bought it. I'm poor, folks. I don't usually "buy", especially with how fast I get through books. So, if I'm measuring worth of a book by how long it takes me to read it maybe I got my money's worth....

This. was. awful. It dragged, it w
Dec 25, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
English: I read the first four Smoky Barrett books a few years ago and really loved them, but this one... by 39% I couldn't take it anymore. Maybe my expectations were just way too high, but it was so damn boring and then all these descriptions. I skipped whole paragraphes because they were just bla bla bla.

Also Smoky's team and family that I loved dearly in the previous books were pretty much absen

I wished I could have loved this, but I can't read another 250+ pages. (the german version is 480
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
so.. first of all, this review hurts my feelings because actually, i'm a huge fan of this author.
i went through some reviews before reading and most of the reviewers weren't satisfied at all. but still, i tried to begin the book without any prejudices.
the start was thrilling (so, the first part named 'birth')
the second part was boring and as another goodreads user, whose review i read some minutes ago, said, it seemed like a psychology textbook or something like that
still, i hoped for a thrilli
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Cody McFadyen is an international bestselling author of six thrillers. Five of those thrillers are centered around FBI special agent Smoky Barrett, who hunts serial killers. In 2011 his stand alone thriller Der Menschenmacher was published in Germany with no English translation. Before releasing book five in the Smoky Barrett series in 2016, McFadyen took four years off to care for his ailing pare ...more

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