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The Caller

(Robert Hunter #8)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  7,595 ratings  ·  746 reviews
The terrifying new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of I AM DEATH.

After a tough week, Tanya Kaitlin is looking forward to a relaxing night in, but as she steps out of her shower, she hears her phone ring.  The video call request comes from her best friend, Karen Ward.  Tanya takes the call and the nightmare begins.

Karen is gagged and bound to a chair in
Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published February 23rd 2017 by Simon & Schuster UK
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Irene Brew No, go ahead and enjoy it on its own. You're in for a treat if you're new to Chris Carter though, honestly, read all of them they're terrific.…moreNo, go ahead and enjoy it on its own. You're in for a treat if you're new to Chris Carter though, honestly, read all of them they're terrific.(less)
DeeAnn If you don’t like creepy and gruesome, these books are not for you.

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Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Returning for yet another stunning psychological thriller, Chris Carter proves why he is the master of the genre. Detective Robert Hunter is again ready to find the most depraved killers in Los Angeles. As part of the LAPD’s Ultra Violent Crimes Unit, Hunter and his partner, Carlos Garcia, place it all on the line to find those with psychopathic tendencies. When a young woman receives a video call from her friend, it looks to be a simple ‘face to face’ catch-up. However, things take a terrible t ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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I love Chris Carter’s work. He is an excellent crime writer, one of the best. I can't say anything new about his book. I always repeat myself, but it is the truth.
The Caller again is an ingenious, well-executed thriller with much gore and violence as we get used to CC’s style.
I love Robert Hunter. He is the man of my heart.
The ending was genius, as always. I didn't expect it.
Overall? 🤔 Read the damn series, please! It is remarkable and incredible. I gave it ”just” 5 s
Liz Barnsley
Out of all the crime series I read avidly I think perhaps the Robert Hunter novels from Chris Carter are somewhere near, if not the top of my favourites list. It is the combination of twisted plotting, riveting and heart stopping death scenes and a main protagonist to die for in the unequivocably intriguing Mr Hunter.

So with The Caller we go to a whole new level of gritty and intense storytelling - I was gripped, utterly gripped from the very first page, Chris Carter gives us an almost cinematic
The first chapter of this book will certainly grab your attention! This is one fiendish monster who likes to play grotesque games and torment his victims. The suspense was darkly intense and sustained throughout the book with the police playing catch-up and trying to work out the motives, let alone the profile of the monster. The plot is clever and original and there's no way you'll guess the who or the why.

This is the first book I have read by Chris Carter, so although it works well as a stand
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 8th book in the Robert Hunter series by author Chris Carter.
I always look forward to reading this series, it is so consistently good and always succeeds in leaving me in awe. This series of books have good characters, unusual plots and are full of blood tingling descriptive text, certainly not for the fainthearted.
This latest book features the main character LAPD Detective Robert Hunter investigating another gruesome case where a woman is attacked in her own living room and her best friend
Bill Lynas
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that I'm not really a fan of Chris Carter. I've tried to read two of his earlier books & gave up on both, but when someone I work with insisted this novel was really good & lent it to me (Thanks, Brian) I had to give it a go.
On the plus side The Caller opens well, although some readers may find it quite brutal in places. Carter keeps the tension going by often having three dramatic events happening at the same time & moving back & forth between them in alternatate chapters.
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Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Caller by Chris Carter is the eighth book in the Robert Hunter series, I must admit I was concerned that as there has been a two year gap between I Am Death and The Caller that the series might have lost its momentum, but I’m pleased to say that this is a very worthy and thrilling edition to the series. What I like about this author is that he writes stories that challenge and shock, he isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of what we
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
For me, a disappointing entry in the Robert Hunter series. Despite some great scenes, this was full of cliche, dull generalisations, repeated information, and clunky writing. It's 'all women have too many shoes' and a 'velvety voice' that sounded like 'experience' and 'Hunter said hello. Garcia said hello'. Honestly, I found it painful for the most part and skipped through whole pages of unnecessary conversational dialogue that added nothing to either the storyline or the characters. The whole b ...more
Snjezana Scarpetta Isles
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Woooooooooooow amazing book !!! I really enjoyed in this book !! Perfect 👌👏 Thank you Chris Carter !! 👏
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Caller is the eighth book in Chris Carter’s wonderful Robert Hunter series, and I cannot begin to explain how happy I was to win an advance read copy of the story.
When I saw a giveaway for Chris Carter’s newest story on Goodreads, offering the novel well in advance of release, I jumped at the chance to enter. I wasn’t expecting to win – I never am when it comes to my favourite authors – meaning there was a lot of excitement when I received an email telling me I had won. I cannot begin to ex
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I cannot resist the allure of a new title from Chris Carter (One By One,   An Evil Mind ) and his dynamite pairing of detectives Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia of the LAPD. Once again in The Caller our intrepid duo are drawn into the nasty world of another completely loco serial killer, who operates via the world of social media, exacting some wonderfully visceral, and cruel and unusual punishments on his victims and those closest to them. Throw in a hitman looking for revenge on the killer too ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

If not for the character and actions of Mr.J I would give this installment of the Robert Hunter series a lower rating. Maybe it's my fault that I read so many books of the series almost back to back but it got predictable for me and nothing much surprised and if I managed to figure out who the killer was I would sadly even consider giving it a one star review.

After reading until the 8th installment I know by now how many victims there are gonna be, how Hunter will solve the case and that he
Rob Twinem
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am sure I am not the only one who was disappointed when The Caller (8th outing for Robert Hunter) was not published last July and we the faithful had to wait a further 6+ months before the great Detective Hunter of the LA ultra violent crimes unit was confronted once again with a seemingly unstoppable and deranged serial killer. Hunter is not like any detective I have met before, he is highly intelligent possessing an over active mind that rarely allows him time to relax. He enjoys alcohol but ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I am a big fan of Chris's books and this book is the reason why as it was the first one I have read from him. The caller is amazing psychological thriller which will not let you sleep. The book is part of Robert Hunter series but it is okay if you have not read the previous books as they stands as separate stories.
Chris Carter novels are usually incomparable to other novels in this genre; dark, sadistic killers, twisting plots and likable lead characters. I have read and loved them all. So, when I found that I could pre-order 'The Caller' I clicked the 'add to basket' button hard and fast. When the book arrived I tried to pace myself, but couldn't hold off for very long...

I wish that I had been able to hold off a little longer, because I would still be excited about it, and not as disappointed as I am.

Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Robert Hunter series by Chris Carter is by far my all-time favorite series! I get so excited when I see another book come out. Since I'm a Netgalley addict, it's hard for me to fit in a non-NG book onto my reading shelf. But when my library started the zip books program (if the library does not own the book and if the book is on Amazon prime, the library will have the book shipped directly to me from Amazon for free! I read the book and then return it to the library.) , I immediately request ...more
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
Nowhere near as gruesome as The Death Sculptor (but really, what is...), and not half as interesting a killer as the one in An Evil Mind (but then, who is :)). I didn't like the first half (too full of clichés for my taste), but the last half more than made up for that. ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Caller is the 8th novel in the Los Angeles based police procedural series featuring detective Robert Hunter and his partner Carlos Garcia of the Ultra Violent Crimes Unit, a specialised team within the Homicide Special Section.

The novel opens with Tanya Kaitlin taking a video call from her best friend Karen Ward and has to watch her being killed when Tanya can't answer 2 simple questions. According to the killer answering both questions correctly would have saved Karen's life. Unfortunately
Lorraine Southern
This book was recommended to me by a friend and it was superb! Superb enough to warrant that elusive 5th star that I very rarely give out!!
It's an excellent psychological thriller that grabs you from the off. Full of well written characters, a gruesome plot, and plenty of twists & turns (I did not guess in advance who 'dunnit' either!), it's not one for those of a sensitive disposition ;)
For me, this book and this author are right up there with the very best of the genre. And, as I'm new to the
Wow! I absolutely loved this and read most of it in one sitting. Robert Hunter is my kind of detective. I must hunt out others in the series.

Leoni Dempsey
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chris Carter has done it again - another fab instalment in the Hunter and Garcia series! 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read overall! Hunter and Garcia are on the hunt for a serial killer, who kills his victims by horrific means via video call with their loved ones. I absolutely love this series and this one was no exception. Definitely not for the faint hearted! Looking forward to reading the rest of the series 😊
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
My favourite book of 2017 🙌🏼
10/5 stars

I went into this book without knowing too much and my goodness this book was just amazing!

I'm not quite into the whole crime investigation books, I feel like most are a bit repetitive and slow.

But the caller and also all of the other books in the series are just incredible. Definitely a page turner.

This book is not for the squeamish, so make sure you can handle the gory details before picking this up.

Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dark twisted unputdownable page turner. Chris Carter is just a bad ass.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought two books by Chris Carter (not the x-files fella) and decided to read them in sequence, and as they are fairly easy to read even when you consider their content and Chris Carters style of being quite descriptive of the most horrific murders.

Once again Carter delivers an original yet gruesome way for a killer to wreck havoc on society, even if the society in question has as yet no knowledge of the work of detectives Robert Hunter & Carlos Garcia do to catch another killer.

This time some
Hayley Edwards
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread
I received a pre-release copy of this book. As always a Great read from Chris Carter.
It is a very gripping , on the edge of your seat page turner. If you've read any of Chris Carter's books and found them scary best you don't read this in the dark. Just to be safe turn off your mobile/cell phone when reading mine almost gave me a heart attack.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Revenge stuffs!. pretty good!
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Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, we finally we get book 8 after a two year wait! I am a huge fan of the Robert Hunter series and was so excited to read this newest release. As ever Chris Carter excels at dragging the reader straight back into Roberts world. The one thing he is outstanding at is making you feel part of the story. I would definitely recommend the series from the beginning however you could get away with reading it as a standalone (but where's the fun in that?). This latest story throws a particularly grueso ...more
Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
Ouch that was brutal. In this instalment Detective Robert Hunter is up against a very sadistic killer indeed. He video calls someone close to the victim and forces them to play a game (one they can't hope to win). The punishment for failure is having to watch their loved one being killed in an ingeniously brutal way. Hunter and his partner, Garcia, don't have time to draw breath as this killer's timetable is in overdrive. Hunter is struggling to make sense of the various aspects of these crimes ...more
Sam H  Arnold
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of this book. It has been on my wish list for months. I was not disappointed this book was as amazing as all those that have preceded it. All the favourite characters are back and I must admit to having a crush on Robert Hunter. The mixture of crime novel with just enough horror is as good as ever. There are parts of this book I simply didn't want to read. The details of the murders are that graphic.

If you haven't read any other Chris Carter books the
Sana Zameer
Another grusome and fast-paced instalment from Chris Carter. Detective Robert Hunter and his partner Carlos Garcia are part of a specialized unit within the LAPD:Homicide Special Section - Ultra Violent Crime Unit. This time they are up against a killer who video calls his victims and asks them two questions. One they can't hope to answer. The punishment- they have to watch their loved one being brutally murdered.

I thought it wasn't as grisly as the other books but the brutal killings and thril
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Biographies can be an absolute drag, so I won’t bore anyone with a long life story.

I was born in Brasilia, Brazil where I spent my childhood and teenage years. After graduating from high school, I moved to the USA where I studied psychology with specialization in criminal b

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