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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  4,236 ratings  ·  632 reviews
There’s no safety in numbers . . .

Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she’ll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience.

The killer needs death too. He even advertises his macabre public performances, where he hopes to show the whole world the beauty of dying.

When he contacts Eve, she welcomes the chance to be first with the news fro
Paperback, 343 pages
Published November 17th 2016 by Bantam Press (first published March 10th 2016)
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Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dust to Dust

The squeamish 29 year old Eve Singer works the meat beat, a TV crime reporter on iWitness, a precarious and stressful job where pretty younger women are snapping at her heels, something male reporters do not have to worry about as they get older. She has moved back home to care for her dementia suffering father, Duncan, a tough, heartbreaking role, that relies on her keeping her job to pay the mortgage and pay for Duncan's carer. Her path crosses that of a serial killer whose plans t
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: twitter
Having never read anything by the talented Belinda Bauer before but having heard such great things about her writing I was truly looking forward to reading this "The Beautiful Dead". I know no doubt that it will have been said before but the cover design of this book is just GORGEOUS and so attractive you'll be drawn to it whether you've heard of the author or not.
It begins with such a scary opening that you can't help but be drawn in immediately to this impressive book and by the end of the fir
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer is a 2016 Bantam publication.

This is my first book by Belinda Bauer, but she’s definitely made an impression on me!

Eve Singer is a crime reporter with an aversion to the sight of blood. But, she works around that in her highly stressful and high profile position.

Like other news reporters, Eve attracts the attention of a serial killer who begins a gruesome game of cat and mouse with her, while Eve copes with job pressures and her father’s illness.

This book
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This is a good one!

Crime Reporter Eve Singer makes a bold move when walking home alone late one night—she gets a creepy feeling that a man is following her, and rather than run, she turns around and asks the man to walk her home. Little does Eve know that not only did she just escape becoming the next victim of a serial killer, she also catches his eye and becomes his muse.

The killer, who fancies himself an artist, becomes obsessed with Eve and baits her into giving his horrendous crimes the att
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of The Beautiful Dead through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Grove Atlantic and to Belinda Bauer for the opportunity.

"Nothing sold like murder and death was how she paid the mortgage."

Eve Singer is a crime correspondent for iWitnessNews. Death and its aftermath surrounded her like a tight-fitting woolen suit...scratchy, irritating, and leaving raw marks on its owner.

A frantic call comes into the news office that the body of a young woman has been found in an offic
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I read another book by Belinda Bauer last year that I didn't love because of some plot elements, but the book still left me thinking that she is a skillful writer. So I decided to read The Beautiful Dead to see if my issues were with Bauer or just some plot elements in her previous book, and I'm glad I did. The Beautiful Dead has a lot of the qualities that make me want to keep reading a book. Eve is a crime tv journalist who is worried about her career imploding. She lives with her father who i ...more
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4 Brilliant Stars

Eve Singer and the killer have something in common. They both need death. Eve reports death as a crime TV reporter and the killer advertises his exhibits and kills in public. Sounds disturbing and gruesome, but Belinda Bauer does a fantastic job of keeping this thriller light yet chilling and suspenseful. What really drew me into this chilling story was the well-drawn character and the witty and warm relationships Eve has with them. We also get a glimpse into the killer's head
Diane S ☔
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-z-short-sweet
Well, Belinda Bauer you have done it again. You chilled me, thrilled me, gave me some great characters I could relate too, likeable characters and an ending I loved. You managed to mix genres, psychological, at a time when I am burnt out with the sameness of many of them, police procedural and a kick ass officer, with all the elements of a thriller. Did it all very well too. Horrific killer, with limited graphic descriptions, well suited to wimpy readers, like myself. Pulse pounding moments comb ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it

I have long been a fan of Belinda Bauer, “Rubbernecker” and “The Shut Eye” are two of my all time favorite thriller/mysteries. I was so thrilled to receive a copy of “The Beautiful Dead” and I am thankful to the publisher and NetGalley for this opportunity to read
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

I think (and hope) that I am going to love anything this author puts on paper. She has such a unique writing style where she can say so much, but without a lot of fluff or wasted words.

This would have been a 2 day read for me if it hadn't been for the holidays pulling me away. I able to sneak chapters in here and there as often as I could, and anxiously awaited the next time I could get my hands on this.

Brief summary:
Eve Singer is a crime reporter who unintentionally captures the eye
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I discovered Belinda Bauer two years ago, I devoured her books and loved every one of them. So it saddens me to say I didn't love this one.

"If it bleeds, it leads" is an old adage in the news business. Main character Eve and her cameraman, Joe, compete with other news groups to get to the scene first, get the bloodiest view, and always get the body bag in the shot. I didn't like Eve at first, but then I was more forgiving when I learned she gave up her dreams to go home and care for her fat
I added it to my uputdownable shelf ironically because life came between me and this book too many damn times.

It was near- perfect. I'm a consumer of Christies and I can quote Sherlock in my sleep. This modern crime thriller is a few psychos short of a mindfuck.

That said, it was a cool book. No need for a long review. It was a pretty straightforward book. There's a girl. There's a serial killer. There's a dad suffering from senile dementia. There's a romantic interest. There's a newsroom. There
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I really liked The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer. I didn't love it. Which is saying something as I absolutely loved the other two books I have read by this author.

Right up until the very last second, Layla Martin didn't believe that she would - or could - be murdered. She knew that something would save her. It didn't.

'Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she’ll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience.

The killer needs death too. He even advertises his ma
This is my first time reading a book by this author and I am glad I read it. What in intriguing story. This is not your usual thriller, that's for sure. What surprised me the most is the way the main characters met. Had it been me, I think there would be a very different outcome than from what it was for the main characters. I think doing the job Eve does makes her the perfect connection for the killer to showcast his groesome murders. At first that's exactly what will make Eve's job more secure ...more
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once I knew Belinda Bauer had a new novel due out I was eager to read it. So when offered the chance to read this book four months before the release date I couldn't wait to start it. I have read all of this authors work and have never been let down by the standard and this was no exception. This fast paced novel is strong from start to finish with a unique mix of humour for a book so dark.
The story follows Eve Singer who is a TV crime reporter who is struggling to make a success of her career w
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, uk, thriller
Eve Singer relies on death to keep her career as TV crime reporter alive. The serial killer who is terrorising the citizens of London in the run-up to Christmas needs death for his own bizarre reasons. In his eyes, he and Eve are alike, wanting the same things. The killer becomes increasingly obsessed with Eve and as she becomes more involved with his gruesome public displays, it's not just her job that she is in danger of losing.
I've become a huge Belinda Bauer fan over the last 18 months and
Sharon Bolton
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing

“Be honest, dear reader, who wouldn’t rather be dead?”

The killer in Belinda Bauer’s latest thriller is obsessed with the beauty of death, with its artistry, with all its rich pageantry. He kills in public places. He even announces his kills before he commits them. He fly-posts, warning of an ‘exhibition’, giving the date and time. Our killer needs an audience.

So does our heroine. Eve Singer is a crime reporter on a TV news channel. She and her trusty side-kick, cameraman Joe, race to be first
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
There’s no safety in numbers . . .

Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she’ll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience.

The killer needs death too. He even advertises his macabre public performances, where he hopes to show the whole world the beauty of dying.

When he contacts Eve, she welcomes the chance to be first with the news from every gory scene. Until she realises that the killer has two obsessions.

One is public murder.

And the other is her . . .

Linda Strong
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Eve Singer is a TV Crime reporter struggling to keep her job. Her boss is demanding more and more of the macabre crimes. If it bleeds it leads ... and he wants pictures of the blood and gore.

She's now covering a series of murders each more gruesome than the last. Each of the murders are committed in public and arranged almost like an art exhibition. Her ratings are going up but they literally explode when the killer chooses Eve to promote his 'story'.

Eve is okay to do that as the killer will gi
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Thank you to Netgalley, Grove Atlantic publishers, and author Belinda Bauer for extending me an advanced copy of “The Beautiful Dead” in exchange for an honest review.

Well, as honest as my review can be since I am a huge fan of Belinda Bauer and have loved her books. I never miss getting her latest one.

“The Beautiful Dead” is another fabulous book by this author. Eve Singer is a reporter for one of the constant-on-news networks. She is always battling to get a scoop on a story and beat out the c
Liz Barnsley
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Beautiful Dead is another one sitting brilliantly absorbing crime drama from the pen of Belinda Bauer - right at the top of the game in the crime genre right now and this one is an absolute corker.

I mean you can't go wrong really when the story is utterly addictive, the characters utterly divinely authentic and the plot is unpredictable with no compromise on the fear factor with a genuinely fascinating concept.

The serial killer thriller is not new. Yet somehow Ms Bauer manages to make it FEE
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, mystery
A fast-paced and tense mystery/thriller about Eve, a tough and ambitious crime reporter who besides trying to cope with the daily demands of her career and her father who has dementia, catches the attention of a narcissistic and demented serial killer who believes his murders to be artistic creations and demands Eve to "review" them in her reports. ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: rejected
Not for me. Clichéd and irritating.
3.5 stars

Eve Singer is a TV crime reporter on the “meat beat”. She’s on the scene of London’s latest homicide to bring the gory details to her viewers, hopefully with a body bag in the background. When she inadvertently runs into the killer that night, he begins to contact her with clues about his future victims. As he puts it “we’re in the same line of work, you & I. I need people to die in order to live….and so do you”.

It’s an interesting comment on the plethora of gory scenes available for in
C.L. Taylor
Absolutely bloody brilliant! I am a HUGE fan of Belinda Bauer's books. So much so that I almost feel sick with jealousy when I finish one. She's an incredibly talented author and The Beautiful Dead was everything I hoped it would be. It was perfectly crafted (the prose is fabulous), pacy, clever, compelling and liberally sprinkled with deliciously dark humour. I won't summarise the plot - you can get that from the blurb - but I will say that I had NO IDEA how the story was going to pan out and m ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
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I’ve been waiting to read this one for months having heard great things about it from other reviewers and I was really happy when I realized that release date was finally here and I could pick it up! It’s been taunting me from my shelf for months now, that cover is simply stunning and it’s even more striking in person. I may have even gave it a little pat or two. (That’s for you Chelsea! #bookpetter
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little more than 4 stars, because there were a few unlikely situations. In general I loved the story and the pace in which it was written.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Library Heaven.
It is always a pleasure to read a book by Belinda Bauer. She has comic observation and a real ear for dialogue. All of her characters seep from the page into 3D form as her pen portraits establish in wonderfully crisp and clever prose real people. It is the facts she shares when building their biog or sharing their details briefly that gives them an essence and a familiarity that maintains the readers interest and propels the story.
She also has a rich talent to play with words or
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new Belinda Bauer is always an event for me and so I was greatly looking forward to her latest. It is set in London over December and opens with a frightening and, all too believable, murder. One of the first on the scene is twenty nine year old crime reporter, Eve Singer. One of the problems she has with being a crime reporter is that blood makes her sick – literally – and she is all too aware that there are those around her who are more than willing to exploit her weaknesses. Plus, there are ...more
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This is my first time reading a book by Belinda Bauer And it has quite a suspenseful beginning. There is actually suspense throughout this novel, a feeling that almost anything might happen to anyone. It also is a compulsively readable book. This really keeps moving. And it feeds on one of my primary concerns about today's journalism...what does a reporter need/have to do for a story or to succeed in the business, here, in TV news. In this telling, I also like the introspective views of many cha ...more
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Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa. She has worked as a journalist and screenwriter, and her script THE LOCKER ROOM earned her the Carl Foreman/Bafta Award for Young British Screenwriters, an award that was presented to her by Sidney Poitier. She was a runner-up in the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition for "Mysterious Ways," about a girl stranded on a desert island with 30,000 Bib ...more

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