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Tell My Dad

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  20 reviews
One man’s crusade to protect the children

“Stay away” -- Those are the two words written on the forehead of every pedophile murdered in San Francisco Bay Area.

Joshua Theaker is tasked with finding the killer whose killing methods involve strange weapons. Theaker and local law enforcement find it hard to agree on where the trail goes while local FBI is distracted by child ki
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Paperback, 248 pages
Published June 17th 2016 by Waimea Publishing
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Linda Strong
He's a serial killer ... only his victims are all pedophiles in the city of San Francisco. He watches schools, other places that pedophiles visit looking for that perfect young little girl. When he sees anything suspicious, he follows them. He's been very successful in getting to the human monsters before they hurt the children.

What he leaves in his wake is a dead body ..or two or three... butchered, beaten, but always dead. He finds the evidence of the crimes and pulls it all out for the police
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Katheryn Thompson
FBI agent Joshua Theaker is tasked with finding a murderer. This murderer has a specific pattern: he kills paedophiles shortly after they have abducted a child, unties the child and makes sure that they are safe, then calls 911 and leaves, but not before writing the message "Stay away". But other than that the killings vary widely, with the method of killing, and the way in which the message is written, changing each time. Who is the murderer? What drives him? Is there a copycat killer, or anoth ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I loved the outline of this book - it struck a chord with me and I was excited to be offered a copy for review by the author, Ram Muthiah.

This is a quick read, but not an easy read, and not entirely because of the subject matter.

Joshua Theaker is the man tasked with finding the person responsible for killing paedophiles in the San Francisco Bay area. "Stay Away" is written at the scene, on the bodies, on the wall, on whatever is available at the time. The FBI is busy with a deluge of child kidna
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Kim Shoesmith
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author, and to Goodreads, for allowing me to read his book free of charge in return for an honest review.

I have just finished reading it and wow! I read it in one sitting, as I just couldn't put it down, an amazing story that keeps you hooked on every page, and brilliantly well written too! I laughed, cried, got angry, sad, you name it, I think I felt the emotion! And it was a fiction book too!

I know it was based on a real life story, and I would love to read that story too! Ha
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April
“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”


A book about the sensitive subject of child abduction for the purpose of sexual abuse. I applaud the author for not crossing the line into graphic sexual scenes, that could be pornographic. There is so much suspense it is difficult to stop listening, so block out time when you won't be distracted. The many characters and fast pace kept me hanging on for the finish. I
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Ganga
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bought this book through Kindle. One of the best books I have read. The author made me cry through his words and the message of the story moved me.
However, the violence in this book was too much for my liking. Harrison's fatherly love was narrated in an amazing way. I recommend this book to everyone.
Connie Hamby
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read

This was a great book if you like good books you must read this and decide if he was a bad man or good one. I gave it five stars because it deserves it
Lori L (She Treads Softly)

Tell My Dad by Ram Muthiah is a recommended thriller featuring a vigilant killer trying to eliminate pedophiles.

It becomes increasingly clear that there is a serial killer on the loose. Only this killer is targeting the pedophiles and writes "Stay Away" or "Stay Away from Little Girls" on the foreheads of his victims. While the authorities are struggling trying to solve the recent rash of abducted girls in the San Francisco Bay area, a monk wearing a red robe and a mask has no problem finding th
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Jayashree Srikumar
Tell my Dad is based on a true story says the author Ram Muthiah. Little girls are kidnapped and abused by paedophiles. A serial killer eliminates them and informs the cops to rescue the victims. Who is he? Why does he do so? What is his motive? Is he good or bad? All these questions are answered as the incidents progress.
Usually one hates a killer and that too a serial killer. But here we feel empathetic. The action packed incident's reveal the author's knowledge of gun fights and self defence
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Emily
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Emily by: Goodreads (giveaway)
Shelves: paperback, fiction
A satisfying revenge/vigilante narrative where the FBI is hunting a killer who only kills kidnappers and pedophiles. Definite trigger warnings for the violence, but it actually didn't get as bad as I was afraid it might, and particularly any violence against children is kept pretty off screen. (I enjoy the Law and Orders as much as the next crime show addict, but I can't watch SVU, so that tells you some of my sensitivities.)

I like the structure of this story, which is set up with a series of ki
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Celeen
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was different from what I expected. The book was a series of many true separate events that are connected by the person who rights the wrongs of others. What happens to a person's psyche when they have been traumatized by loss? At what point does a person break or decide to act in a way to fix things as only they can? Is it wrong to do the right thing when the right thing results in a bad person's death? To the police there is a serial killer on the loose who is targeting pedophiles, m ...more
Tena
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2-goodread_wins
I won this in a GOODREADS giveaway - Tell My Dad by Ram Muthiah - It kept me up all night!
Jackie Roche
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank NetGalley and Walmea Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this which I voluntarily reviewed.
A serial killer is murdering paedophiles in San Francisco. He uses different weapons and writes "Stay Away" on their foreheads. He also leaves details of their crimes and phones the police to inform them where the bodies are.
This is an emotive topic and Mr Muthiah handles it with sensitivity.
It's not very often I hope a serial killer gets away with their crimes but I did
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Elaine Tomasso
I would like to thank Netgalley and Weapenry Co-Op for a review of Tell My Dad, a tale of vigilantism and paedophilia, and, due to the subject matter, not for the faint hearted.

A teenager is kidnapped from a mall car park but before the police can really swing into action the kidnapper is killed by a vigilante before he can interfere with her. As similar cases happen The FBI, led by Joshua Theaker, are called in.

The author states in his forward that a true case and the increasing number of Amber
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Leslie Fisher
This was a pretty gut-wrenching novel since it is based on true events. It makes me want to hug my kids tighter and review "stranger danger" with them. I do, however, have a criticism of the book, and that is that the language sounds unnatural due to the lack of contractions - for example, "I do not..." instead of "I don't...," and so on. Generally, people in America speak with lots of contractions. There were a couple of other things that struck me as odd, and that is that when a character call ...more
Cheryl
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. It arrived yesterday just as I finished what I was reading, I picked it up and read right through until the end. It is very well written, pulling the reader through the pages to see what happens next.

The book involves a very painful subject, crimes against children, but is tastefully done. There is a fair amount of violence, but no graphic sexual abuse so the the book does not turn into semi-porn for pedophiles. While the masses really cannot take the l
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Li Chen
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
A riveting thriller!

Quite simply, this is one of the best novels I have read this year. It's a quick read, but truly makes you guessing all along. It starts with day light kidnapping in a parking lot. The story revolves around multiple kidnappings but with a common thread. I like the message at the ending. This is a question we should all ask -- why it's so difficult to stop so many crimes against children in this country?

Kudos to the author for making an attempt to address the evil of this soci
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Donna Wetzel
Jul 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Thank you Goodreads for my copy of Tell My Dad by Ram Muthiah. This crime story seemed very contrived and the writing very stilted. I normally love crime books but this one just didn't cut it for me. I wish I could have given it a better rating but I think I was generous in giving it 3 stars.
Claudette Smith
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow

Without spoiling the ending, all I can say is if there were more men like the hero of this book, the world would be a much better place. JUSTICE
Lynn Hallbrooks
This was a Kindle Scout nominee that didn't make 'the cut' by Kindle Press but it did with me.

This is a Police Procedural Fiction book based on actual events.

FBI and local police have their hands full. It seems there are kidnappings happening yet many of the victims are released to their family and the perpetrators are in no condition to say what happened. The FBI's job is to capture the person or persons responsible for this. Will they figure it all out?

The thing I found most interesting throug
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I am a technical manager by day and a writer by night. I learned fiction writing at the University of Iowa. I live in San Francisco Bay Area.

Since childhood, I have loved reading and storytelling. I picked up Seventh Secret (by Irving Wallace) in my college library and finished the book in a weekend. From that day, my dream has been to write fiction that keeps readers on edge throughout the story.
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