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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  327 ratings  ·  81 reviews
One by one, he’s killing them. Lurking in the digital underworld of, he lures, seduces, charms, reaching out through instant messages to the unwary. They invite him over. He’s just another trick. Harmless. They’re dead wrong.

When the first bloody body surfaces, openly gay Chicago Police Department detective Ed Comparetto is called in to investigate.
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Published February 10th 2020 by NineStar Press (first published February 1st 2007)
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~Mindy Lynn~


Look, the blurb sounded really promising and I was getting a lot of good feels for this when my fellow goodreads peeps started giving it 4 star ratings. I was all ready for a good detective read about a serial killer. What I got was a bit of a mess.

Ed is a detective for all of five seconds in the book because he's fired for supposedly inventing a witness. What? There was a murder scene where there was more than one cop not to mention other professionals who had their own job to do.
Timothy Bright is a serial killer who targets his victims through a gay hook-up site. After the first murder, openly gay detective Ed Comparetto is asked to investigate. Once he questions a witness, Ed’s life takes a turn for the worse. Nevertheless, he is determined to solve the murders and find out the truth about Timothy Bright, even if no one else believes he exists.

I really enjoyed this story! If I didn't have to complete a class project, I'd have gobbled it up in one sitting. Its
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
So many plot holes I almost fell through the book. The writing itself was excellent and the characters very well drawn but the premise was trite & the plot predictable. The set up was absolutely ridiculous as I said in my progress notes and the cops were beyond stupid. Even the main guy was an idiot. I loved his bf though and thought their relationship realistic, not love at first site I'm going to die without you.

The book was very violent and graphic which might bother some. there was too
A.J. Llewellyn
Oct 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mar 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller, mystery, and suspense readers
Rick R. Reed
Quest Books (2007)
ISBN 9781932300796
Reviewed by Tyler R. Tichelaar for Reader Views (4/07)
“IM” by Rick Reed is a fast-paced page turner that I could barely put down. The title is the abbreviation for
“Instant Messaging” but in this case, the instant messaging results in instant murder. While it is a mystery
concerning a series of crimes against gay men, and featuring a gay detective and a questionably gay killer, the
plot twists, character development, and suspense make it a
Mónica BQ
This book went progressively downhill for me.

It started with a good enough premise, but also with a a major (and obvious) plot hole. (view spoiler)
Ije the Devourer of Books
Be afraid. Be very afraid. Rick R Reed at his best!!

I think this must be one of my favourite Rick Reed mysterys!! It has tension, blood, guts, death, fear and also love and romance. It is 'Silence of the Lambs' scary too. The best part for me is that it is truly gripping. Once I started I wanted to race to the end and I was immediately drawn into the twists and turns of the plot. The story has a way of evoking images in my mind and it explores some fascinating aspects: the ease and
Wow. New levels of incompetence and bad decisions on par with a horror movie. Not campy enough to be funny and the timeline jumps and headspace roulette were too much for me.
***** Audio book review = 5 surprising stars *****

I 'read' this book in its audio format so my enjoyment was impacted by a number of factors: the plot, quality of the story, style of the telling, characterisation and finally the narration. Ideally I would like to be able to assess the two components (the story and the narration) separately but actually find the narration has too much direct impact on my views of the story to do this effectively.

This is a mystery/thriller and is a beautifully
Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! IM is the first novel I've read by Rick R Reed - but it certainly won't be the last. Reed takes a modern-day twist of the gay serial killer that is at once unique and intriging; the killer meets all his victims online. Unlike typical serial killer novels, where bodies stack up will police search clues to find the person responsible, IM displays a strong backstory of the killer's life that is served up to the reader in doses throughout the novel. Just when I thought I'd figured out the ...more
K.Z. Snow
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to come at this from a different angle. Yes, IM is a horrifyingly realistic thriller delivered through crisp prose and perfect pacing (I was up late into the night finishing it). But something else impressed me about this book: how the author managed to sketch concise yet resonant portraits of the killer's victims; how he also managed to create a murderous psychopath as intriguing as he is repellent.

Making "throwaway" characters come alive, if only for a moment, requires enormous
Tammy K.
I give this story two stars.
When I read the book synopsis I thought it would be a good fit for me as I love detective murder mystery and thrillers with a little bit of horror.
It started off very interesting, but fell into a spiraling descent from which it never recovers.
The story has so many flaws that I could not get past and hence I did not enjoy this story. I felt the story lacked credibility/believability.
(view spoiler)
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me so much longer to read than normal, because I kept having to put it down. I've always been a big fan of horror/mystery books, but one just scared the hell out of me. At one point, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish it. I had to have my hand held through the entire last half, and STILL put it down at least five times. It could be partially due to the "lonely hearts" aspect of the killings. I just didn't want to see the lonely ones end up like that. there were a lot ...more
May 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
Holy shit, this was scary! Brilliant, but scary as hell - don't read it in the dark.
4.0 Stars

Wow, that was some seriously dark stuff that definitely reinforced my decision to never, ever use a hookup app or Craigslist should the need for quick sex present itself at some point in the future.

I do have to say that I'm a little tired of the queer psychopathic killer shtick, though; sometimes I worry that it perpetuates some awful stereotypes and reinforces the bigotry via justification of homosexuality as a mental illness. Luckily (or not - YMMV), it works in this case because
Ok, let me start by saying this is really, really not my genre! I would never ordinarily choose a book like this to read. I hate suspense and horror. This was chosen for me in the Pick It For Me challenge, so I felt I needed to give it a shot.

After about 4 chapters, I knew this wasn't something I was gonna like. I suffered through and about a 1/4 of the way in I found myself thinking that the author has a really good writing style, the characters were really fleshed out, (sometimes literally)
Apr 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the book's very first murder, Mr. Reed takes the reader on a wild ride where nothing is as it seems. Ed is a cop whose job crumbles from under him as he chases after a madman who may already be dead. Timothy Bright seems heartless and cruel, but as the story progresses, the reader learns what has made him who he is. Throughout the book, the pacing is tight and fast, catapulting you through the twists and turns, leaving you breathless, until you're reading as fast as you can in an effort to ...more
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I wished I never read this book. I am sure I will never have another good night sleep again it scared me that much. This book is about a serial killer and the way it was written was so well done it felt like you are right there in the action. I have never read a book that was so realistic.
3.5 stars
It's a fast-paced murder mystery involving Internet dating. There are enough twists and turns that make me keep reading till the very end. The only 'complaint' is that there are several point of views, switching from one character to another, that sometimes I feel 'lost' and not enough insight into the ones that I think as the "hero" of the story
Rick R. Reed is a successful author with over 35 books (and counting) and his book list is an interesting mix of M/M romance ... and horror. Yup, horror. Reed addresses this interesting dichotomy in his blog, noting "I think that sense of emotional vulnerability applies to both romance and horror. Vulnerability is universal and that’s why people enjoy reading about it."

IM gives us that vulnerability in this tale of Chicago men using Men4HookUpNow and finding death at their door. We really get a
Kristy Johnston
I had so many issues with this book, though I'm not sure if they're the reason that I didn't like it. Maybe the combination. That said, the actual writing was good. It was the story and plot holes that caused the issues.

First off, the main character, a cop in Chicago loses his job very early in the investigation so I'm not really going to treat it as a spoiler. It's just the first of my issues because the way it was handled confused me. I thought at first that this story must have taken place
I enjoyed this read overall. The two MCs, Ed and Peter, were enjoyable personalities and their relationship developed organically and at a reasonable pace. The secondary character, Aunt Helene, was a smart addition to the story, with her POV and backdated journal entries giving the reader much needed insight into the mind of the loathsome and despicable villain, Timothy.

Surprisingly, I found the short, detailed stories of the victims of Timothy's violent rampages the most compelling part of the
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, mystery-suspense
"You could call him the Stephen King of gay horror." Well that's what he is.
Murder, mystery, suspense.
Characters that show up and you ask yourself "How are they going to fit in?" Well, everyone is a piece in a huge jigsaw puzzle.
Mr. Reed keeps you on the edge of your sit. You never know who is going to be next.
**some spoilers**
Timothy Bright - I haven't read a heartless nasty piece of work in a long time. I tried to hate him, in the end I felt sorry for him. The more you know about him the more
Bryl Tyne
Heard all the rave and just had to read IM for myself. Wow.

A too real concept using online dating for the major plot element that will leave you feeling just a bit paranoid if you've ever hooked up with someone from an online service. Once again, Reed's ability to portray realistic, multidimensional characters shines. Some of the horrific content might make you squeamish though, but unlike some horror stories that seem too far fetched to ever be possible, IM is closer to reality, which makes it
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a gay guy in the age of Manhunt and Craigslist and all the other easy hook up sites available, this book sometimes had me thinking, there but for the grace of God go I. The extraordinary amount of trust I have to place in the total stranger walking through my front door just for a few moments of pleasure never really crosses my mind when flirting with someone online. Man oh man, it certainly will now.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I did skim in a few places where I just wasn't into the
Mandy Beyers
The romance was definitely not the most important plot of this book - the mystery was. The villain was a very interesting character - (view spoiler)
Maria Elmvang
A thriller where a serial killer with a taste for homosexual men meets his suspects through logging onto gay dating sites. It's not for the weak-hearted, but if you enjoy a good thriller that will get your heart beating faster, IM is a good choice. The fact that the plot could only too well happen in real life makes "IM" even more chilling to read.
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews.

A thriller that will have you anticipating, yet fearing, what will happen next. I couldn't put it down. Another outstanding book by Rick Reed.

Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance, dark
The ending wrapped up a little fast, but beyond that, it was an excellent read.
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Rick R. Reed draws inspiration from the lives of gay men to craft stories that quicken the heartbeat, engage emotions, and keep the pages turning. Although he dabbles in horror, dark suspense, and comedy, his attention always returns to the power of love. He’s the award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction and is forever at work on yet
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