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The Nightmare Place

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  453 ratings  ·  95 reviews
The new suspense thriller from CWA Dagger winner Steve Mosby, "one of a handful of writers who make me excited about crime fiction." (Val McDermid)

Sometimes, there's a thin line between love and hate. Or at least that's one theory for DI Zoe Dolan, tracking the Creeper—a stalker who's been breaking into women's homes and attacking them. But the Creeper's violence is
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 15th 2015 by Pegasus Books (first published May 8th 2014)
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime Fans, Serial Killer Lovers, Everyone
This book just blew me away, I literally had to stop and stare at the ceiling after finishing this, pulling myself back to reality. This is by far one of the top crime thrillers I have read in years. How on earth have I not heard of Steve Mosby before this? Oh, the shame! As crime is my most read genre!

Anyway, let me tell you a bit about why it's so good. DI Zoe Dolan is part of a huge team of Detectives working on the case of The Creeper, this is one nasty, nasty serial killer, a man who is
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was totally made up when I was gifted a signed copy of The Nightmare Place from the author himself, so huge thanks for that.

This is the third of Mosby's works that I have now read and with an opening chapter that it has, it won't be one I'll be forgetting in a hurry. Seriously, I gasped, that frightened I was! Young women are being stalked, attacked in their own homes and left. 'The Creeper', as he is known, is somehow breaking in and escaping leaving very little behind for the police to work
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read by Steve Mosby but won't be the last. It was a very creepy psychological thriller that had me on the edge of my seat at times. DI Zoe Dolan and her partner DI Chris Sands are looking for a serial rapist called 'The Creeper' who sneaks into women's homes while they are out and lies in wait to attack them after they have locked up for the night. He leaves no clues and they are unable to work out how he gets into the homes. However, he is becoming more violent and ...more
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-lit
This is the 3rd book by Steve Mosby that has left me wondering what i have just read i love the way Mosby gets into the readers head & keeps you there.

he break ins are careful his attacks are savage to say the least his confidence keeps growing.

Di Zoe Dolan is tracking a stalker known as the creeper who brutally attacks women in their homes with no idea how he gets in or who he will target next.

The case is going nowhere until a tip off from a confidential helpline, but instead of helping the
Linda Strong
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
DI Zoe Dolan and her partner, DI Chris Sands are investigating some rather brutal instances of young women being beaten, then raped in their own homes. The "Creeper" leaves no clues, no evidence, not even a hint of how he got in their homes without being detected. After 5 victims, the violence escalates leading to death.

There are several chapters in which the "Creeper" is thinking to himself. One of the creepiest (pardon the pun) passages in the book ......He lies there thinking about Julie, and
Krystin Rachel

It wasn't great. But it wasn't technically bad, either.

Steve Mosby is a precise writer. The story flows. The plot of a stalker - nicknamed The Creeper - assaulting, raping, and escalating to murdering women, is well thought out and all the threads broken off for each character are tied up in the end nicely. So I can understand why some readers threw five stars on it, but I didn't really find there to be any suspense or thrills or twists that really made me blow through the pages.

Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With an opening chapter that contains enough of a fright to scare even the most hardened crime reader, The Nightmare Place, is the latest offering from Steve Mosby. A stalker- The Creeper- is breaking into women’s homes and attacking them, with very little for the police to go on, and leaving little clue into how the victims are selected and who will be next…

Although not consistently exhibiting the usual deep-seated and unflinching focus on the human psyche so readily displayed in Mosby’s
Kira Simion
Nov 06, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
"Zoe" in the blurb should have a comma after the name.

"For Jane, Zoe and all the other young women of the city," "Zoe" is missing a comma.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Steve Mosby has terrific potential to be a great crime writer. Like most of us, he needs an equally terrific editor. I was so impressed by the first quarter of this novel - the writing is so strong and the plot was so creative. The first three chapters were incredibly, breathtakingly brilliant. Unfortunately it started to break down in the second half. The last chapter was okay but the plot resolution was pathetic. It's as though his editor quit and Mr Mosby had to cobble together the rest of ...more
Angela Oatham
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I apologise for any clichés used in this review but sometimes they are needed.
What a page turner! I love crime novels, I love serial killer novels and I love everything Steve Mosby has ever written, what could go wrong? Answer; not a thing. The opening chapter is the creepiest, cleverest thing thing I have ever read. You literally have to go and check every nook and cranny of your house before continuing. I read this book sitting in the garden in gorgeous sunshine but it still scared the life
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another really enjoyable book by Steve Mosby

Inspector Zoe Dolan is hot on the heels of a vicious rapist whose attacks are more brutal until he actually kills his sixth victim. The previous victims can't describe the man beyond being dark, strong and full of hatred - almost like a force of evil. We are also introduced to a man who has been unashamedly stalking women as it is the only way he can get close to them. Is he the rapist gone berserk?

We are also introduced to Jane, a timid young woman
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yikes
Wow. Picked this up on a lark, B tried to talk me out of reading it because he hadn't liked it, but better luck next time guy! I really, really enjoyed this. There's a part of the plot that is pretty hokey (view spoiler), but this book just does such a terrifying, excellent job highlighting the various types of creepers that women have to deal with in life - the one who thinks he has "relationships" with women he's never spoken to & only ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Harlan Coben and Mo Hayder
Shelves: read-2015
Thrilling!!!! Must read more Mosby-books. Great build-up and one crazy creeper... Loved the twist in the story. Even though I only read one book, I would recommend Mosby when you like Mo Hayder or Harlan Coben.
Rebecca McNutt
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Nightmare Place is a really eerie and unsettling novel, featuring a dangerous criminal known as "The Creeper"... O_o
Michelle Kraeva
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was ok. There are some plot holes and quite a few things seemed to be there for no particular reason. I didn't feel like the circle closed up completely because of these plot holes and unnecessary information. The first 3/5 of the book were kind of uneventful or at least couldn't make me anticipate each new chapter. Things escalated somewhat quickly by the last 2/5 of the book so a lot of the beginning could easily be shortened.
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Source: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Iris and Pegasus Books!

The review:

Okay, so I’m doing this review a little differently… Trying out a new review format to spice things up!

What is this book about?
The Nightmare Place is, in short, a search for a creeper who steals into women’s homes and viciously attacks them. It follows Detective Inspector Zoe Dolan as she tracks
Brenda Davies
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Nightmare Place certainly is. A serial rapist who becomes a serial killer too. Called The Creeper because no one knows how he manages to enter womens homes when they are locked up tight! Oh God was i glad I didn't live alone when i read this book, I was well and truly scared from the first chapter.
All the main characters are exceptionally well done and believable. They all have their own backstory and personal development arc but it never detracts from the main thread of the story, in fact
Sep 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too simplistically written for my taste and it feels as though the author went overboard on unnecessary, uninteresting and irrelevant detail to flesh out the pages - this lead to a fair amount of skimming just to see if I was on target with whodunnit. This was because the story-line was weak, and it was easy to work out whodunnit from very early on in the book. It seemed improbable that this character was driven to commit such violent crimes for the reasons given.

The main character was a woman.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very suspenseful, interesting, and at some points, unsettling and creepy, novel. Which was what I was expecting and was definitely not disappointed.

There was an additionally crazy amount of plot twists and although at some points I didn't have a clue what was happening, the plots came together cleverly. I liked the author's messages about life and way with words that were included as well. And I really liked the ending chapter that grasped the meaning of the title! Overall, an interesting
Mike Collins
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with all of Steve Mosby's books, there is a dark side to even what appears to be a straightforward detective story. The narration is from a variety of perspectives, from people involved in the inter-woven storylines. The writing is tight, precise and by turns emotional and factual. You get to that stage where all ends are neatly tied up and think 'Hang on! There is still x% of the book to go!' and then remember who wrote the book.
Another masterwork from the best crime writer around. Salute,
Paulette Ponte
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Too many scenarios going on although they do all get pulled together in the end. The protagonist Zoe is really unlikable. There are reasons for her coldness but the story is not written in a way to make the reader engage with her. At least not this reader. I will probably read more by this author but not with Zoe as the protagonist.
Mark Edwards
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very dark and creepy book with superb characterisation and some nice twists and turns. The plot unfolds at exactly the right pace, and the villain is truly nasty and loathsome. There's compassion too, which makes this book truly affecting. Recommended.
Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Really good bedtime reading, probably 3 1/2 stars......I still think Jo Nesbo is the king of crime and suspense though.....
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic mystery novel from Steve Mosby. This time a depraved killer is hunting women in their own homes, stalking them, and ambushing them while they sleep. Steve's writing evokes such nightmarish visions that I picture these horrifying events as they are taking place. Not good for the mind, but damn good for a story!

So many different women, without a seemingly direct link to each other, each a victim of horrendous violence and Zoe Dolan, gets the case. She's a tough as nails woman,
Jackie Jameson
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I find fault with the way male authors portray female characters. Not so with this gripping story about a scrappy female detective who has fought her way up and out of the projects where she was raised with the help of a, now retired, aging policeman that became a sort of father figure to her as a teenager. Multiply layered novel that encompasses her story from her past and her and her male partners search for an escalating rapist turned serial killer dubbed, “the Creeper.” Although ...more
Gayle Noble
DI Zoe Dolan tracks a violent stalker known as "The Creeper" who is terrorising young women. Meanwhile helpline volunteer, Jane Webster, takes a call from a man who knows an awful lot about the crimes.

There were several problems, the first one being that the main character is a bit of a cypher - in fact almost all the characters had no real discernible personality. If I had to think of a word to describe them it would be 'grey'. Secondly, it's not a good sign when the reader picks up on a vital
Lori J Shah
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Original Story

I’m posting this review for the main reason,that it had received such a low rating. Normally I wouldn’t have read a book that was below 4 stars. This book has definitely earned that on content alone. The characters have heart, the monsters are real and manipulated by worse monsters, (monsters being generic term for serial killer), and it flows through without leaving any unanswered questions. The author deserves better than what was rated. I love critical reviews, love to see the
it’s zoe
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book by Steve Mosby. He blew me away again. This book is thrilling, compelling, and worth putting on your to-read list (unless I’m the only one with one of those)! Mosby once again shows the story through characters that are tied together in some mysterious way. Amazing book and it kept me wondering “who could it be? is it that guy? or that guy? or some other guy? I don’t even know!” I would read again. Love it! Definitely recommend!
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I finished this book very quickly because it was exciting and I was constantly trying to figure out who the creep was. Usually I get bored with exploring the past of the main characters in mystery books, but this one kept my interest. Also, I liked the twist midway through. It was kind of predictable but nonetheless kept it interesting for me. I would recommend this to mystery lovers
Emily Harney
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I pulled this book at the library from the cover. I was NOT disappointed. This book held my attention from the moment I picked it up. The story rolled out like a movie, my heart racing, my eyes couldn’t take in the words fast enough. The writing was exquisite. The story was telling, raw, compelling!
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