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4.44  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  33 reviews
A covert CIA operation that involves genetic engineering.
A serial killer nicknamed "The Hypnotist".
And the most terrifying threat humanity has to face.


What if someone could take complete control over your mind?
And what if that someone was a serial killer?


Langley, Virginia, twenty years earlier:
John Blake, a CIA special agent, stumbles upon an illegal genetic experiment wit
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Published by Diane May (first published November 2018)
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Jeffrey Keeten
”’From the info we have so far the virus kills between forty-eight and seventy-two hours after infection, and its R naught number is 16-20.’

Marchiori’s brows knitted. ‘R naught?’

‘Basic reproduction number. It shows how many people a single infected individual can contaminate. Basically how fast it spreads.’

‘And I’m assuming this is a bad number.’

‘Well, if you think back in 1918--when they didn’t have all the highways and skyways to travel on in a matter of hours from one part of the planet to t
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Kathi Defranc
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great New Adventure From An Amazing New Author

An intriguing page turner with interesting characters , awesome locations and twists and turns that keep you guessing! Boy I hope the author continues with this in a series as I definitely want to know more of the people we meet!
This is a great crime thriller, fast-paced and following actions from the CIA years ago that lead to things happening in present day. The action begins with the first paragraph and you are wrapped in until the end, wanting
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Viga Boland
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing mix of the believable and unbelieveable, the possible and impossible Diane May has blended into this, her debut novel, Evo. This crime fiction story Is an impressive beginning to May’s writing career.

Evo is 574 pages of suspenseful reading which might just keep you up late if you read at bedtime. Picture, if you dare, a dark figure who has an augmented ability to hypnotize people to death…their own. Is he real? Yes…and he’s also angry, full of revenge and he has several doctors
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Matthew Halsey
A page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Terrific characters & locations (the story is set in Verona, Italy, but also takes you to London, Lagos, Germany, Transilvania)... truly unpredictable... great twist towards the end. Great debut novel!
Jennifer
One word: unpredictable!! It keeps you guessing until the final page! I finished it last night but I can't stop thinking about it. About the ending actually. Absolutely mind blowing! I'm not sure whether to wish for that to happen or not... it's really great for a "what if" discussion. It's also full of twists and turns and you're hooked right from the beginning. Another thing which kinda surprised me a little is that it doesn't feel like something written by a debut author. I've read many debut ...more
Joel Dennstedt
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

To say EVO by Diane May is a contemporary crime thriller is to understate a popular category to which this multi-plotted novel refuses to conform. The basics may be there: a serial killer killing, a police detective detecting, an imminent disaster waiting in the bushes. Simply identifying these basics, however, will limit your expectations about how these killings happen, who else happens to be detecting, and how futuristically and globally that imminent di
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Gabriella Botoni
The most twisty, addictive and gripping crime thriller I’ve read this year!

If you enjoy Dan Brown, David Baldacci, Tom Clancy, Nelson DeMille, Vince Flynn, James Patterson, or Daniel Silva, odds are you'll be hooked from page one of this book as well. And you won’t be able to put it down.

Twenty years ago: CIA agent John Blake discovers that a procreation program that the CIA made available to its employees was a facade for illegal genetic experiments. Present day: Livio Marchiori, the best homic
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Anne Thomas
The suspense builds from page one and never lets up... a really good read... Be prepared to lose a bit of sleep, it is a hard book to put down. Great twist at the end!
Justin Bentham
I finished it at 2 am because I wanted to know how it ends... and I didn't regret it... amazing twist at the end! Plus you fully understand why the book is called Evo.
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The book starts with something that happened in the past, an illegal CIA genetic experiment, which puts in motion a chain of events that leads to the present day situation. The book starts with a bang and ends with a super-bang, it's fast-paced but not to the point where you have no story at all, it's complex, it has tw
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E.L. Lindley
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Evo by Diane May is an exciting crime thriller that kept my interest from beginning to end. With an international setting and hints of sci-fi it has the potential to appeal to a very wide audience.

The novel centres around a covert CIA operation that involves genetic engineering. The unchecked sense of power this elicits sees one of the doctors become a potential biological terrorist and raises the question of whether anyone should be allowed to play God. May cleverly leaves the reader with lots
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Allison
A gripping thriller with an intriguing topic!

I finished reading this book last night (late!) and although I may not want to read it again, I found it so gripping as to be hard to put down (hence the late night reading!). The short description the book has here is not all there is, as the story is much more complex than that (several seemingly independent threads which all tie in really nicely at the end) and it will surprise you more than once.

The story takes place nowadays, with several flashba
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Bill
I loved this book for several reasons: it’s filled with plenty of action which will undoubtely keep readers turning the pages; it’s more complex than the description gives out which was a very nice surprise; the characters are well-developed; the ending is superb and not just because you would never guess it but also because unlike other books in the genre it doesn’t stop when the crime is solved, but goes a step further and also shows you what happens in the characters’ personal lives. Would I ...more
Melanie White
Brilliantly addictive! I was so engrossed that I completely lost myself in this book.

It starts with John Blake, a CIA special agent who twenty years ago uncovered a sinister genetic experiment conducted by a rogue faction of the agency. What he did then has dire consequences in the present and could very well lead to the extermination of more than half of the planet’s population.

It then takes you to Verona where you meet a lethal and elusive serial killer, unlike any serial killers you’ve ever r
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Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends) Shealy
"I did what you asked me to do. I created Evo."
"This isn't Evo! Evo means "Evolution," means superhumans! Means health and genius! This, he yelled pointing at the horror lying on the green grass outside the window, "is death and destruction!"
"You see, you've always thought that Evo was short for evolution, when in reality it's not.".......


This thriller takes place in Verona, Italy. Exciting from the first chapter. Captain Livio Marchiori, is a hard working, never takes a day off type of police
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Shanell Meek
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m excited to see what else Diane May has to offer!

EVO- A Crime Thriller Novel By Diane May is full of twists and turns. Just when you think you’ve figured out where it’s going and what is happening it twists and you discover you were completely wrong and it’s not what is happening at all. Which makes it the perfect thriller. I wasn’t sure I’d like it because of fantasy part but Diane May managed to mix two smoothly and her imagery seems to keep the story in line and make you feel like you’re
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Olivia Torres
Kickass read! And no doubt a very very hot and controversial topic right now. And those of you who know about the genetically modified babies in China (a huge scandal in the world of genetics nowadays) will find this story to be not only gripping but also terrifying, as you realize that the events in the book are not something that might happen one day in the distant future but very much in our world today. It’s a great crime thriller with an unusual serial killer, a sinister conspiracy and a mi ...more
Lima Charlie
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the very first page of Evo, you’re hooked. One small paragraph, that as a reader you read over again to ensure you’ve absorbed it entirely. But that’s all it takes, the small paragraph has you turning through the pages at a rapid pace wanting, needing, and anticipating what will come next. With that anticipation comes predictions, which will most likely be wrong, with a character rich novel, your guess keeps proving to be false with each new chapter. Diane May delivers a heart thumping page ...more
Kylie Scott
I should say right from the start that I mostly read thrillers and crime fiction, so I used to think that I’d seen pretty much all there was to see in this genre. Well, I was wrong. This book had all the right ingredients but mixed in an intelligent, twisted and unexpected way that kept me glued to the edge of my seat, half of me wanting to read the whole book in one sitting, while the other half didn’t want it to finish so quickly. What made me buy Evo was the idea of a serial killer who could ...more
Tracy Shephard
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow!!

This was a book I loved from the start.

I have said many times before I love a good serial killer and one that kills by hypnotism is just beyond my imagination.

It isn't just the murders though, it's the genetic experiments, the threat of a world wide virus and secret agents. This book doesn't need a sequel it needs a prequel!!

This is a novel with fabulous characters. Each of them have an edge and I especially loved Livio Marchiori, a man with attitude but enough sense to see when he has to j
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Emily Proctor
Unputdownable! I could have never forseen the twist at the end. Loved it!
Claire
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story starts with a flashback 20 years ago when CIA agent John Blake discovered that illegal genetic experiments had been performed on his young daughter Maya during IVF. Is this why she has special abilities? However there is a chilling note at the end of the file saying “Maya Blake and Christian Brent – test results positive. Terminate her”. He’s not going to let that happen but how?

Fast forward to the present day and there is a serial killer in Verona, seemingly murdering by hypnotism. De
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Tony Parsons
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Camp Peary, VA. CIA John Blake was getting his yearly procreation physical from Dr. Lewis.
Dr. Lewis had left the room for John to get dressed.
What did John find while rummaging through the Dr.’s desk?
Borgo Trento hospital (Verona, Italy). Captain Livio Marchiori (Verona PD Detective), & Lieutenant Mario Giusto (Verona PD) arrived at the crime scene.
The victim was Dr. Niccolò Pasetto (virologist).
Lieutenant Bernini (CSU tech), & Dr. Abbigail Jones (60+, ME) were at the murder site also
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AlcoholBooksCinema
Seeing all the 5 star reviews and interviews I had high expectations on this. I felt it was alright. I was intitally intrigued and quite into the story but only for few chapters. Then it got predictable and boring.
Ashley Gillan
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s hard to describe what EVO is about, because it encompasses so many things that the author really blends together seamlessly into a tale of mystery, murder and bioterrorism. Fans of action-packed thrillers will not be disappointed in this book.

A basic synopsis: 20 years ago, a CIA agent discovers his daughter was born out of an experiment to create “super humans,” and that she’s scheduled to die. He makes a choice to save her life. Twenty years later, all roads lead to Verona, where that dau
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Strich
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-manga
There is a serial killer who kills by Hypnosis and gaining control of victims bodys which makes them die by heat stroke. But EVO is not just about a serial killer and the police agent who's after him, it has many plots like CIA experiments, special agencies, genetic engineering, romance and ...
Most characters and events of the EVO are predictable and the story goes on as you expect.
In total it was a good story, well written and likable characters.
Karen Puckett
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the very start this book it will draw you in. It will also raise the hair on the back of your neck. It is very well written and full of twists and turns that will keep you drawn in. Marchiori is a very intuitive investigator and I would love to see more investigations with him. All the characters are full of depth and the book will keep you guessing. I simply can't wait until her next book.
Donna
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant read, A real page turner.
Maria Brando
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
EVO, a book worth buying and reading!

Even though thriller/ crime books are not really my cup of tea, I've heard about this new emerging writer from my friend and decided to read her book. It turned out to be a very good choice indeed.
The story takes place in Verona, where the Hypnotist, a serial killer, takes total control of his victims' minds and this is how he kills them. He never touches them. No proof is left behind except for a video or a pen drive showing a dark figure. All the victims ar
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Guy Wheatley
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had a little trouble keeping up in the first few chapters, until I got familiar with the characters, but eventually settled into a good story. I was expecting pure police drama, but was pleasantly surprised to find it a bit of a techno thriller, with just a touch of romance thrown in. The plot is well built with progressive revelations coming at spaced intervals. We learn early on that the main protagonist is the result of a CIA genetic experiment. But there is more to it than that, and as new ...more
Jimalion
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is it? Who is it? A murderer who leaves no trace of who he is, not touching his victims but by hypnotizing them and bringing them to their untimely deaths. Livio Marchiori and all involved in these strings of murders are just as confused as you will be when reading this thriller. How do you catch someone/something that you cannot see? Where do you start when you have no clear motive? With a serious threat on essentially the entire world, time is running out. Will Livio find the hypnotist be ...more
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Diane May is a crime thriller writer and she lives in Verona, Italy, with her husband. When she's not in her office writing, she can usually be found curled up on the sofa with a good book in her lap and a cup of green tea next to her.

The only daughter of an army colonel, she grew up on military bases where she learnt about weapons, discipline and the sacrifices of military life. She also worked f
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