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(Makedde Vanderwall #2)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,222 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Mak is beautiful, street-smart and single, a model paying her way through a degree in forensic psychology. She s come to Vancouver to finish her studies. But instead she walks straight into a city gripped by fear of a killer, and a campus where the students are the prey. As winter closes in and the nights grow longer, Mak is drawn into a shifting world of twisted minds, a ...more
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Published January 9th 2009 by Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd (first published January 1st 2003)
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I'm still trying to decide whether I really like this author's style. She tends to explain a bit too much which rather slows down the pace. Nevertheless when the action starts happening she keeps the pages turning and there is plenty of suspense. I don't really get the Makedde / Andy issue even though I did read the previous book where all the problems started. Someone as strong as Mak is supposed to be surely could make her mind up over a mere man. Still a good book and I will read the next one ...more
So I was given book 4 of this series by a neighbor who was raving about how good this series is. Like any OC reader, I held off on book 4 and went to read the series from the beginning.

Let us start with what was good about it. It was an easy, quick read. Um....yep. That is all.

How was this book painful? Let me count the ways:

1) Makedde is the most 2D, annoying, pretentious prat of a character I have ever read. She is a model. She is studying her PhD. She is so intelligent that mere mortals can n
3 Stars

This was another fairly enjoyable and easy-to-read addition to the Makedde Vanderwall crime series, but it didn't grab me in quite the same way as its predecessor (Fetish).

The crime component wasn't as engaging, or rather, aspects of this particular crime story frustrated me, which wasn't the case during the first book. I felt a lot of the reactions of seemingly intelligent characters didn't ring true. (view spoiler)
Mar 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I was going to give this two stars for its flat, stereotypical characters, long drawn-out descriptions that had me skipping whole paragraphs at a time, and the fact that the plot would have been 99% unchanged without the main character (a passive woman who makes no decisions and doesn't even know there's a serial killer for most of the book), but then I got to the "revelation."

I literally threw down the book when it turned out the title meant exactly what I'd feared: another stereotypical repres
This is the second book in the series. Mak didn’t annoy me as much in this book as the first book. 3.5 for me.

In this book someone is hunting young women linked to the local university. It happened to be the university Mak is attending.

And then Aussie detective Andy, Mak’s old flame, turns up.
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It’s a nice light read. Good for reading on the holidays. Nice little bits of tension.
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Mak, a 25-years-old-past-her-heyday smart model with expected psychological hangups goes to Australia, only to find her best friend (really? A 19 year old best friend?) and fellow model dead, conveniently at the exact location as her latest photo shoot. She is the daughter of a Detective Inspector, and fledgling psychology student, so rather than leaving it to the local detectives, she goes off to investigate the case of the serial killer killing tall, beautiful model-like women wearing stiletto ...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
Makedde Vanderwall seems to get herself in the line of fire from serial killers, first she became a victim a Stiletto Murderer while visiting Australia and in this book too she becomes the target for another serial killer – could that really happen in someone’s life?

I don’t understand her feelings for Andy, she is attracted to him but keeps fighting it because he helped her from being killed while she was in Australia and she has a hang up over that.

For me there was too much in depth discriptio
May 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, thriller
Oooh, this one left a bad taste in my mouth. Lazily plotted, poorly written, and flatly narrated (by the author). Even apart from the offensive not only woman-as-victim, but woman-as-REPEAT-victim fiasco, developments are telegraphed, silly details are emphasized (and worse, sometimes repeated), and the characters are cardboard pawns.

audiobook note: I wasn't a fan of the almost bored-sounding narration from early on, and some key mispronunciations (mischievous!) only underscored my low opinion.
Tamara Witika
Listened to audiobook version. As much as I like Tara Moss and her Canadian accent with Aussie edge, she doesnt do different sounding voices for different characters or the narration (unlike the excellent Stephanie Daniel who reads the Phryne Fisher books) and so I would be driving along listening and trying to figure out who was speaking. Distracting af. Moss also overexplains a bit, which feels like a dumbing down. Also we get it that Makedde is beautiful and smart and has a funny name, you do ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, aussie
So this wasn't as good as the first one. I still enjoyed it, but there was just nothing all that special about it. Sometimes predictability is okay, but in this novel, it just made me kinda bored.

I will say, however, that the second half of the book was better than the first. The second half was more like the first book - the pace picked up, the stakes picked up, pieces started to fall together - and I blitzed through it happily.

I have started to ship Makedde and Andy now so I don't know what
Up All Night Book Addict
I am slowly making my way through this series. It's a long (and expensive) one. I am trying to read one a month. Hopefully, I will have the entire series read by the end of 2019. 

Picking up book two, I wasn't sure what to expect. In the first book, we got to know Makedde, the model. In this one, we get to know Mekedde, the forensic psychology student. They definitely are one person with two very different sides to them. I think I enjoyed the student side much more as far as the character goes.

Mathew Walls
Jul 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: female-authors
This is just the first book again but worse. I picked them both up at the same time from an op shop, and already having it with me is the only reason I bothered with this one. Turns out I shouldn't have. Rather than being an improvement over the first, this one is just the same again but more so. But it's also way too long, with a whole lot of stuff that could be cut without making any difference to anything - like the chapter where we get the perspective of a guy deciding to go visit his mother ...more
Rhonda Powling
The story in 'Split' picks up a year after the events of the first novel with Makedde, now in back home in Canada, studying her PHD in forensic psychology. Her specific interest is in sociopaths and serial killers. After her traumatic experiences in Sydney, she is trying very hard to live a normal life and ignoring the signs of PTSD from her inability to sleep and her obsession with serial killers.
For whatever reason, Makedde seems to attract psychopaths. In this she once again finds herself in
Heather Browning
This was a much better book than the last one. I wasn't particularly interested in the serial-killer plot (which, as predicted, the title contained a spoiler for, though not exactly in the way I expected so I guess that's something). What was really strong here was the exploration of Makedde's PTSD after the events of the last book. I'd felt a bit like she'd been quite quick and flippant with her grief last time, but here we see the lasting impacts of what she's gone through, which made her a mu ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Things I learned from this book:
1) being tall is a virtue
2) the ratio of men to women in Canada is about 30:1
3) women exist in order to be brutally murdered (which may go someway to explaining point 2)
It's like the plot existed solely in order to showcase clunky and technical descriptions of police/psychologist procedures. And also, honestly, no one abbreviates terms in parentheses when they're thinking (ffs)! The main character was autobiographical (of the author) at best, and poorly realised a
Lisa Cross
Jun 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Wrennie Moon
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May 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took a little longer than I was expecting to getinto this book. The "drama" didn't really start until about half way through, but the last 100 pages I didn't want to put it down. I like the main characters and am keen to continue reading through the series. Looking forward to the next one. ...more
May 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jean by: Needed an audiobook for a long drive
A clinical study of the serial killer using the protagonist (Makedde Vanderwall) as the victim of not one, but two serial killers, first in Sydney, second in Vancouver.
Richard Warlow
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome, almost as good as the first book
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed listening to this as an audio book. Narration was by the author - Tara Moss.
Mrs Mac McKenzie
This was OK - I enjoyed the first one of the series, this followed a very similar plot line and story to that, so it was a bit predictable, however, good for a light read.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't mind this series, it's a quick read, but wow does this girl have some bad luck! She really knows how to get herself into all sorts of trouble :) ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is very much about plot and in terms of the plot is a page turner. The language is relatively simple but effectively conveys the story. I enjoyed it.
A bit derivative and repetitive. I might give Mak a rest.
Lauren K
It’s been about six months since I read Fetish, the first novel in the Makedde Vanderwall series by model and author Tara Moss. I really enjoyed the start to the series and was keen to pick up book 2, Split which I managed to read while I was on my honeymoon.

After the trauma Makedde experienced in the first novel while she was in Sydney, I was curious to see what would happen once she returned to her country of origin, Canada. And, of course I wanted to find out what would happen with Detective
M - The long hot spell
This was a serial-killer mystery read that that was quick, easy, and fairly well done. As a main protagonist, I am happy with Makedde Vanderwall who has a few annoying traits which keep her interesting, while also being strong and driven. Adding to the storyline is that Mac is a forensic psychology PhD student and has links to law enforcement. Her father is a retired police officer and one of her exes is an Aussie detective moving into a serial killer focus. 

Sure, Mac’s a serial killer magnet (a
Pip  Tlaskal
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to meet Tara Moss last week and this is why I read Split, as I'm not a huge crime reader, even though she herself recommends her new YAL Pandora English series. But she was so charming and interesting that I wanted to see what she writes. For someone who finds Bond film plots difficult to follow, I cottoned on pretty quickly to Mak Vanderwall's dilemma. I read it in two short sessions, enjoyed the references to Canada (a place on my 'to visit' list) and the feeling of claustro ...more
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Tara Moss is an international bestselling author, documentary host and and human rights advocate. She is the author of 13 books, published in 19 countries and 13 languages, including the Mak Vanderwall crime fiction series, the Pandora English paranormal YA series and her latest, the internationally bestselling historical thriller The War Widow, set in 1946 and featuring '‘staunchly feminist, cham ...more

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