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18 Seconds

(Sherry Moore #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,054 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Sherry Moore, a beautiful, blind psychic, has the extraordinary ability to 'see' the last eighteen seconds of a murder victim's life by touching the corpse. She uses her gift to help others solve mysteries only she can tap into. Serial killer Earl Sykes never got caught for his vicious murders. Instead, it was a deadly auto accident that landed him in prison. Now, years la ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2006)
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Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a delight to read! Sherry Moore, who is blind, can see the last 18 seconds of memory of a dead person by holding their hand. With this ability she helps law enforcement with certain cases.

The cases in this book involve 30 year old cold cases, and recent cases of abductions, rapes, and murders. Two female protagonists were well written and I really liked them. Sherry is interesting and I wanted to know her history. She has no recall of her early childhood or how she came to have her abil
Oct 10, 2009 rated it liked it
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One of the pitfalls of being an avid reader is that you become overly attuned to the clichés of the genre. It becomes difficult to find a book that strays from the formulas and presents a totally unique device. George Shuman has succeeded in doing that in 18 SECONDS. One of his protagonists, Sherry Moore, was injured in childhood and had a freak aftereffect as a result—she lost her eyesight but gained the ability to look into the mind of a dead person and view what they were seeing du
Ezgi Tülü
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oldukça ilginç bir kitap olduğunu söyleyerek başlamak istiyorum. Ben pek polisiye insanı değilimdir aslında, fakat bu da tam olarak bir polisiye sayılamazdı zaten. Kitapta birçok yaşam o kadar farklı yönlerle iç içe geçmişti ki, olayları ve zamanları, mekanları ve kişileri kafamda net bir şekilde oturtana kadar kitabın ilk yüz sayfasını zaten geçmiştik. En başında neyin ne olduğunu anlatmak, karakterleri tanımak, az çok bir fikir sahibi edinme
Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed 18 SECONDS immensely. I liked the way Shuman took a plot element that has been done before and relayed it in a fresh way. I dislike how this book is portrayed as a psychic thriller, psychological thriller, yes, but to call it a psychic thriller degrades it, because it's not really, which is a better angle in my opinion. A blind character in the novel possesses the ability to "see" the last 18 seconds of the person's life, when she makes physical contact. This character is not psychic. ...more
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
18 SECONDS by George D. Shuman

I found this book to be pretty flat from the beginning. It was obvious that the author was trying to weave an intricate web of connected stories, but it just came out tedious and predictable. I didn't like most of the characters, even the ones I was supposed to root for, like O'Shaughnessy - I found her quite annoying and got tired of her whining about her husband. I did like Sherry and John though, but their parts were too minor. I thought more of the book would be
Neide Parafitas
Sherry Moore é uma jovem extremamente bela, cega, e que contudo possui um estranho dom... é capaz de captar os últimos 18 segundos de vida de uma pessoa, apenas por tocá-la depois de morta.

Earl Sykes é preso por ser culpado de um acidente ocorrido em estrada, no entanto há muito mais de si para ser revelado... Sykes é um violador e assassino.

Entretanto começam a ocorrer estranhos desaparecimentos e fica encarregada do caso a sargento O'Shaughnessy. As suas investigações não a conduzem a lado al
Zézinha Rosado
Um livro muito confuso no início pois entram novas personagens a cada capítulo e às páginas tantas começamos a ficar baralhadas, mas com o desenrolar da história tudo começa a fazer sentido e o livro transforma-se num thriller fantástico.
É daqueles livros que nos agarram e que, mesmo parecendo confusos, não o conseguimos largar.
Alejandra Juárez
Feb 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give it 1.5 stars, I would, but the statement 'it was okay' doesn't sound right for me, so I rounded it to only 1 star.

I don't know what this book's synopsis is in other countries. But in my book, in spanish, the synopsis on the cover said something along the lines of 'This guy who's a serial killer and rapist has just come out of prison after 30 years of imprisonment. Little do this blind chick with mystic powers and this female cop know they are his new targets, and they'll have to
May 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Difícil de entrar na história pelo imenso número de personagens que surgem do nada, com imensas investigações do passado, só a mais de metade da sua leitura é que 18 segundos me prendeu verdadeiramente.

Pegando numa personagem que consegue captar os últimos 18 segundos de vida de uma pessoa, através do toque na mão da vítima, Shuman consegue... opinião completa em:
Myke Reiser
Aug 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who <3 violence
Shelves: iownthisshit
The premise of this book is ABSURD! (though I did buy the same premise on the TV show Millenium.) That said, this is a tense, well written piece of crime fiction. It doesn't do anything original, but what it does it does well. The depiction of police investigation is perfect (when it isn't supernatural, of course) and it's every bit as gory as the Saw movies. It is about serial killers after all. This is everything that pulp fiction should be: sharp, energetic, and, dare I say, even insightful.
Maureen DeLuca
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
I did finish this book- I found it very slow moving- painfully so. The only reason why I finished it was because I got too far into it and I wanted to see how it ended. Being that this is the first in the series, I feel that it may be an interesting series to follow- but I'm still not quite sure if I will pick up the second book.....
Esma Tezgi
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Genel olarak güzel bir kitaptı ancak polisiye olarak biraz zayıf buldum. Konusu güzel ve ilgi çekiciydi ancak yeterince iyi işlenememiş bence. (view spoiler)
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Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considero uma leitura relativamente fácil, mas devido ao grande numero de personagens e situações, um pouco confusa inicialmente.
Aconselho vivamente aos amantes deste género, pois contém suspense, aventura e bastantes enredos.
Foi difícil por vezes parar a leitura, pois a curiosidade e entusiasmo eram grandes para ler o que se ia passar nos capítulos seguintes.
Lewis Weinstein
Jul 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Astonishing premise; well written mystery.
Aug 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a great thriller and serial killer novel. It took me about 4 days to read, but it was a great one, well worth it. Two done, one more to go tonight. Kristen
FLAMES (Mariana Oliveira & Roberta Frontini)
Um livro interessante mas sem que a suposta protagonista tenha muita relevância para a história. Estranho? Opinião completa aqui:
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, crime
My mind was blown away by Sherry Moore and Shuman. This book it's not your typical thriller. It's so much more. The feelings evoke can't be described. To know you have to read.
Debbie Sweeney
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was riveted by the premise of this book. I think there were some confusing moments that may have been more structural and may be part of the author’s style. It was a good story and moved right along and the characters were drawn well. I will definitely read more from this author.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Part detective story to catch a serial killer who preys in young runaways and makes them disappear, part blind psychic who can see the final 18 seconds of someone's thoughts before they die. Intricate story with a neat but implausible ending. Quite gory.
Meghan Perkins
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Very cheesy. If you like typical crime books where everything happens exactly how you think it will you’ll probably love it.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is thrilling and it does really makes you curious. Recommended book for those who likes crime and thrilling novel.
Angela Winters
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought this was a good story, not great, but good. There are so many characters to try to remember and the different story lines can get confusing. But in the end, it was good.
Marcy Ashley
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good book; page-turner.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me a long time to wade through. It was interesting enough but didn't keep me captured in it. I found it hard to remember who was who from one sitting to the next. I was disappointed that the "psychic" mentioned prominently on the back cover was but a bit player in the story and that our serial killer had ties to everyone, even our main detective. Check it out, see what you think.
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective, thriller, punya
Judul Buku : 18 Seconds
Penulis : George D. Shuman
Alih Bahasa : Fahmy Yamani
Editor : Hariska
Penerbit : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Tebal : 408 halaman, paperback
ISBN : 978-979-22-7623-7

Penggemar novel thriller wajib membaca buku ini!! Siapapun yang menyukai cerita-cerita tentang detektif, psikoanalisis dan kriminal, saya merekomendasikan novel ini untuk Anda. Sungguh, awalnya saya tidak mengharapkan banyak tetapi setelah membaca lembar-demi lembar, buku ini seakan punya magnet yang membuat saya sulit b
Raven DeLajour
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Law enforcement veteran George D. Shuman has written a well crafted novel that blends mystery and suspense in the story of Sherry Moore. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this book is the main character herself, Sherry. I genuinely like her and found myself rooting for her throughout the pages. She is a complex person who holds many secrets, many of which she keeps to herself. I also admire her selflessness to aid others in need, something rare to find even in the actual world.

While the book starts
Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
What an original thriller! The storyline is simple enough: a blind woman who suffered massive head trauma as a child has the extraordinary capacity to 'see' the last 18 seconds of a dead person's life by touching their corpse. However, what she sees is not necessarily coherent - in the period of time right before a person dies, a host of memories come flooding back that are more or less unintelligible to a stranger. But Sherry Moore has had success with her gift, and has helped solve numerous my ...more
Sherry Moore mengalami kecelakaan pada saat masih kecil yang mengakibatkan dia kehilangan penglihatannya. Namun dibalik kekurangannya itu, dia memiliki kemampuan khusus. Ketika dia menyentuh tangan seseorang yang sudah meninggal, maka dia akan menyerap memori 18 detik terakhir dalam kehidupan orang tersebut. Memori itu akan muncul sekelebat bagaikan film pendek. Sherry beberapa kali menggunakan kemampuannya ini untuk menolong sahabatnya, Detektif John Payne. Suatu kali Payne mendapatkan kasus pe ...more
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George D. Shumanis author of Lost Girls, Last Breath, and the Edgar Award–nominated 18 Seconds. A retired twenty-year veteran of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, he resides in the mountains of southwest Pennsylvania, where he now writes full-time. To learn more, visit his website at

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