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(Makedde Vanderwall #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,740 ratings  ·  166 reviews

Este frumoasă, nemăritată, model internaţional şi studentă la psihologie judiciară. Şi cea mai bună prietenă a ei tocmai a fost asasinată în mod brutal. Încercând să-l găsească pe ucigaş, Mak îl cunoaşte pe detectivul Andy Flynn şi se implică tot mai mult în acest caz, fără să fie conştientă ca a devenit obsesia unui psihopat sadic...
Paperback, 450 pages
Published 2006 by Leda (first published January 1st 1999)
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The best thing about this book was the name of the protagonist. Makedde (pronounced Mak-uh-dee) is a gorgeous model – as is the author – who touches down in Sydney airport from Canada (the author’s place of birth) to arrive at her best friends’ unit to find her dead. Enter the dashing Aussie Detective Andy and sparks fly. Mak gets back to modelling quickly which I thought was odd, not taking time off from her modelling work. It seems this killer has a killer fetish of feet and toes. Can this ...more
Fetish was a book I randomly picked up from my mountain of unread books. And after reading several mind consuming psychological thrillers prior, I believe my subconscious was saying ‘You’re ready for this’. Fetish was a laid-back, no nonsense murder mystery, which I really enjoyed. It was one of those books where you could kick your feet up, and watch everything unfold. It wasn’t highly suspenseful but it had enough brutality in parts to make you squirm. And the romance was pleasurable and not ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a surprise Tara Moss turned out to be. When her first book hit the Australian market, Tara Moss was already a celebrity on the fashion catwalk and with any type of celebrity rumours abound, so I merely shrugged and decided that her books were not me. How wrong I was, after reading a digital ARC of her latest book Dead Man Switch I wanted to read more, but where to start? There was only one choice, at the beginning of course. Although this book was about the world of high fashion modelling, ...more
Kirsty Leishman
Given the concerns about representations of violence against women in popular culture, I often wonder about women who write violent crime stories. And women who like to read or watch violent crime stories. I am sympathetic to the critiques of the parade of brutally abused female body parts across our screens and pages; and, from what I've gleaned of Tara Moss on the periphery of my Twitter feed, she certainly wouldn't be advocating a sensationalising of violence against women, despite the fairly ...more
4 Stars

This is a solid crime/thriller story, featuring a kick ass, intelligent heroine, a gruff but lovable hero, and a truly disturbing psychopathic killer.

Makedde was a great female lead. She may have been a gorgeous international model, but she oozed intelligence and determination. Her emotional reactions to the horrible circumstances she found herself in were relatable, but they never clouded her judgement or led to any irrational decision making, even in times of danger. This was great
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, australian
Tara Moss has done something interesting: she has written an amateurish, third-rate crime novel, but not one that made me want to never read her again. This is a skill, but it's not one that can disguise the sheer sloppiness of Fetish.

Makedde ("Ma-cay-de") Vanderwall is a psychology student who works as a model to pay for her tuition. Makedde comes to Sydney for work and to meet her childhood friend, only to find that she has been brutally murdered by the Stiletto Killer. From there, Makedde
Makedde Vanderwall is a Canadian model on assignment in Australia. The advantage with some work down under is the fact that she will get to see her good friend Cassandra again. But when Cassandra is found dead by Mak she finds herself in a cat and mouse game to catch the killer before he gets her. Who can she trust and where can she turn when she’s a stranger in a land without any friends?

Makadde is a beautiful, tall and curvy international model who is studying psychology; she’s basically Tara
Lauren K
4.5 stars

Fetish is the first book in the Makedde Vanderwall series and has long been on my TBR list. I picked up a copy quite some time back from a second-hand bookstore mainly because the protagonist was a psychology student and it hinted at romantic elements alongside the crime plot. I was interested to see how Tara Moss, an accomplished supermodel executed this crime story, especially since I’d heard the extents to which she conducts her research.

Fetish certainly didn’t disappoint. I read
Jan 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. I can see where this plot is leading and I am not happy. This main character is stubborn AND stupid. Crank phone calls? Definately not a stalker no it must be a wrong number over and over and over. Ugh. I also really hate the love interest. He is made out to be this borderline abusive guy that I would not go within 100 metres of, yet the main character is attracted to him anyway?? I can't finish this one dont make me
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining easy read. Has made me want to read more by this author.
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

My neighbour recently found out I was a "reader" (sounds like something I need to be cured of) and handed me a book. She stated that she was not a reader, yet this was a book that she could not put down. This got me intrigued. What type of book would tempt a non-reader to read and make a non-reader read non-stop.

Off home I run with book in hand and of course the first thing I do is log on to Goodreads to mark the book as Currently Reading. Oh No. That will not do. The
Iris Blobel
Okay - first mistake was listening to the audio version, which is narrated by Tara Moss. Without wanting to be over-criticising, it was irritating to listen to. Everyone sounded the same, which was confusing, there was hardly any difference in the accents either.

Second clue - my friend, who likes these kind of books, couldn't really remember the story. Bad sign.

Makedde Vanderwall (love the name!) is a psychology student who works as a model to pay for her tuition. Soon after she arrives in
Aug 17, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kristin Cubbage
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best of the series. A thriller that leaves keeps you turning the pages.
Up All Night Book Addict
I stumbled across this series by accident while looking for something else. It definitely intrigued me. I quickly downloaded this book and started it as soon as I had a chance. I love a good dark mystery.

You get a good feel for Mak and Andy. However, not the serial killer and the stalker. You don't really get to know them and what makes them tick so much. There were a few sections in the book that felt like rambling filler, unnecessary. If those were replaced with some more insight into those in
Heather Browning
Eh. I think crime/thriller just isn't my genre. This was entertaining enough, and reading the ending kept me up way past sleep time as I wanted to find out how everything ended, but there was nothing here of any particular value to me. The most interesting part is Makedde's thoughts on her life in modelling, which I assume are a direct reflection of those of the author. Otherwise, it all felt a little clumsy and cliche. The main love interest was disturbingly aggressive and misogynistic, which ...more
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not much into crime novels but I needed one for a challenge I am doing and I had liked Tara Moss's other series so I thought why not. It was a super light quick read, even though it was full of serial killer stuff. The cops were misogynistic and did things that I can only describe as stupid, the lead character, a model and forensic psychology student, stuck her nose in to a level that could be dangerous, but I wasn't expecting much so it was ok.
This was probably a 3.5 book for me. I enjoyed the story but at times I found Makedde really frustrating. There were the times when the police officer told her to stay away but she kept getting involved.

It did draw me into the story in places so I am going to give the next book in the series another go.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tara Moss wrote the book with a simple and effective narrative that holds us to the end. The story is very similar to many books of its kind without much surprise.
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A serial psychopath killer is on the loose. His victims are luscious, beautiful young women with a missing pair of stiletto when found at the crime scene. Deemed as The Stiletto Killer - the hunt becomes a chase for the one and only, Mak.

Mak formerly known as Makedde Vanderwall, is a Canadian student studying forensic psychology and modelling on the side. She travels to Sydney, Australia where she temporarily resides and discovers her fellow friend Cat has been murdered. While Mak is modelling
Lana Elizabeth
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i was lent this book by someone at work who highly recommended this series by Tara Moss and I was not disappointed. Fetish follows Makedde (Mak) during her stay in Australia after she discovers her best friend murdered by a serial killer. The story is told from varying POVs, even the serial killer himself but is strategically done so that no clues or names are given as to who he actually is... until Mak discovers that info. This kept me clueless as to who could possibly be the killer and kept me ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't good. There were way too many stereotypes in here to really keep my interest, and the author seemed to want to go for quantity over quality (cram more dead bodies in but don't have any type of psychological impact on the remaining characters). The reason I stopped reading Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwall was the astonishing number of times their lead characters found themselves in the sight of a killer - in this book, just the first in the series, she's ...more
Jenni Boyd
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book, I found it a real page turner and found it hard to put down, I could feel the fear her main character Makedde Vanderwall felt and loved the fine thread of sexual tension woven through it between Makadde and the handsome dectective.
Sep 15, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just started 1st and 2nd chapter and I'm hooked...reveiw to be
Isabela Klemich
A seriously easy read which could've been finished in one session. An easy holiday read.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, aussie
I really don't know how to rate this book. I think it's more 3.5 stars, to be honest, but I'll touch on that later.

This is the first Tara Moss book I've read, and it happens to be the first book she published. 18 years ago. This book is only 3 years younger than me. What even.

ANYWAY. This is a solid crime thriller with a difference. Instead of being narrated by and focussed on Andrew Flynn, the surly (male) detective trying to catch the killer of (female) victims (like nearly all crime novels
Bree T
Makedde Vanderwall is beautiful. The Canadian born model has relied on her tall, blonde curvaceous looks for over ten year now. She’s approaching the end of her modelling career, being a grand old 25yrs of age so she’s making the most of it while she can. A proud Australian size 10 with no starving herself going on here, she flies into Sydney to visit with her friend Cassandra, a fellow Canadian model working down under for a little while. Cassandra is a childhood friend, someone Mak knew when ...more
I've read some excellent debut novels, but this isn't one of them. Two & a half stars, rounded up because I admire Tara Moss as a feminist and humanitarian.

The dialogue struck me as stilted and kept pulling me out of the story. The main characters were believable in some respects, but their actions were often not credible. I rarely felt the emotional truth of the story. Some scenes worked: Mak feeling tired, cold, lonely; the physical & emotional aspects of scenes when she was working
Mrs Mac McKenzie
I had wanted to read Tara Moss's fiction for a little while and finally got hold of Fetish, the first of her crime thrillers.

This was a fast paced and rollicking good escape for a hot summers day under the fan. I finished it in about 5 hours. The writing was pretty good and the characters and plot somewhat believable. Having read her semi autobiography "The fictional woman" I could find a few similarities between Moss's life and the protagonists life. It seems Moss has used the vehicle of
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Tara Moss is an author, documentary host and producer and human rights advocate. She is the author of 12 books, published in 19 countries and 13 languages, including the Mak Vanderwall crime fiction series and the Pandora English paranormal series. Her 12th book is a historical crime thriller launching in Aus/NZ as Dead Man Switch in October 2019, and The War Widow in the USA and Canada in May ...more

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