Narrator: Amy Deuchler
Series: Whitley and Keal Mystery #2
Published by Self Published / Indie on 15 December 2017
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
Genres: Modern Detective, Mystery/Thriller
Source: Narrator, Submitted
Fallsburg, New York, has a killer on the loose - one who's leaving their sadistic, telltale marks on innocent victims.
A pretty teenage girl is found dead in the woods, her face horribly mutilated. A few days later, a second girl, also strikingly beautiful, is attacked in a similar fashion. Who would do such a brutal thing - and why? Is there some sort of psychopathic monster lurking out there, preying upon vulnerable females? Or are the victims being targeted by someone they know?
It's up to two of Fallsburg's finest - Detective Jean Whitley and her new partner, Marty Keal - to find out who's responsible for the grisly crimes. When she starts digging up clues, Jean is startled to learn that the crime has hit uncomfortably close to home. The victims - and many of the potential suspects - are classmates of Jean's 14-year-old daughter, Bethany. To make matters worse, Bethany's behavior has drastically changed. Jean's sweet, loving child has become a sullen, secretive stranger. How much does Bethany really know about the victims - and the crimes that are taking place? Does Bethany's hunky new heartthrob have anything to do with the crimes? And why does the mounting evidence keep pointing to a popular parish priest?
Suddenly deprived of her longtime police detective mentor and friend, Jean is forced to take the lead in this latest investigation, while breaking in a new partner. As they dig deeper into the case, Jean encounters threats to her career, her family relationships...and quite possibly her own daughter's life. Through it all, Jean and Marty must unravel a multi-layered mystery and put a face on the unseen villain, before anyone else ends up dead...and faceless.
©2016 Dawn Kopman Whidden (P)2017 Dawn Kopman Whidden
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“Faceless” by Dawn Kopman Whidden is the second book in the Whitley & Keal series. I definitely recommend that you read or listen to the first book (“A Child is Torn”) before moving onto “Faceless.” We meet back up with all the characters of book 1 and delve deeper into their lives while a killer is on the loose. The killer seems to be attacking gorgeous girls that are only a few years older than Jean Whitley’s daughter Bethany. They seem to have some activities and friends in common, even with the age difference.
“Faceless” really played on my fears as a mother of a young daughter. She’s 8 years old now and I can see myself in Jean. I can see my daughter in Bethany. While this book still portrayed all the relationships and how they have changed and evolved, this book really focuses on the mother/daughter relationship. I was so pleased with the author! She really portrayed the feelings of a struggling mother; along with the raging hormones of a young girl who is trying to find her footing and who she is as she becomes older.
Not only do we have a killer on the loose but we have some major relationship conflicts happening in “Faceless.” Marty and Hope seriously made me laugh out loud through this book. I love how highly they think of each other. They think the other is so wonderful that they are too good for them! It cracks me up since they are both major catches! The amount of communication problems they have is hysterical as well as ironic with hope being a psychologist. The captain is also a perfect comic relief from such a heavy book!
Whidden brings up a huge societal problem in our schools, and honestly everywhere, bullying. We have a scene unfolding of one girl murdered and a second attacked and left for dead. Both girls are referred to as bullies and “mean girls” or as the book calls them “bitches.” Still, do they deserve to die? Who could be behind these nasty murders that are making these model-gorgeous mean girls, faceless? “Faceless” seemed to be much more of a thriller type book than the first one. It also seemed more suspenseful. I was completely addicted to the story and finished it much quicker than the first book.
The narrator of “Faceless” Amy Deuchler was fantastic! Deuchler was able to portray three different POVs flawlessly. She did a great job inflicting emotions, especially with the females. You could feel the devastation when she portrayed Jean’s character. The sounding was clean with no background noise. I appreciate that! Deuchler is definitely a narrator I would happily listen to again.