Want You Dead, Paperback Book

Want You Dead Paperback

Part of the Roy Grace series

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


If he can't have her, then nobody can. . . Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead. . .Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned.

Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and - who knows - maybe more? When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction.

But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge.

Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror.

Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life.

But Red's nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed with her, and he intends to destroy everything and everyone she has ever known and loved - and then her too . . .From number one bestselling crime and thriller writer Peter James comes Want You Dead, the tenth book in his multi-million-copy selling crime series featuring the definitive Brighton detective, Roy Grace.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781447203193

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I really enjoyed this great suspense read by Peter James. I don't believe I've read any of the earlier books in the series, so I would have to complement Mr. James on writing a sequel that is also an excellent stand-alone.Bryce Laurent is a complex and fascinating villain, determined to do deadly payback to Red Cameron, the woman who (wisely!) dumped him when she found out his past wasn't what he had told her it was.Lots of surprises that lead to a very satisfying ending.

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There has been an explosion in the numbers of fictional detectives featuring in their own series of novels, and one of the most prolific of recent years has been Peter James's Superintendent Roy Grace. Nowadays any fictional detective worth his salt must have an identifying characteristic, and Grace is no exception. While Morse has (or, rather, had) his love of opera, and Adam Dalgliesh had his past as a poet, Roy Grace's claim to unorthodoxy is based on the fact that some ten or eleven years ago his first wife disappeared. Grace had sent years trying to trace her or, failing that, even to find some explanation for her sudden disappearance which happened on his thirtieth birthday.This was certainly an unusual facet to hang n a protagonist, and initially May handled it well, not letting it intrude too far into the plot of each subsequent novel. In recent volumes, though, it had started to wear a bit thin. By now Grace, having accepted that he won't ever see her again, has completed the various legal procedures to have her declared dead, enabling him to marry Cleo, the new woman in his life, who also happens to be the forensic scientist who has worked on many of the victims of his recent investigations.Sadly, something else that seems to have worn a bit thin is Peter James's plot material. Yet again we are faced with another criminal obsessed with his former, now estranged, lover. In this instance, the book opens with him kidnapping and then brutally murdering the latest swain of his estranged partner, whom he is keeping under close electronic surveillance despite her having been established in what was supposed to be a safe home.The police procedure is dealt with effectively, remaining utterly plausible without descending into minute detail. We are, however, subjected to more of the banal banter between Grace and his sidekick, Detective Inspector Glenn Branson, which has become hackneyed and predictable beyond belief.For me this novel never quite made it into top gear; it just bounced along comfortably without ever grabbing the reader's attention and making them feel involved. I almost wondered why Peter James bothered, though the answer is quite plainly printed on the front cover. Apparently the sales of books in this series now top fifteen million, which seems an incredible return for something which seems to have been produced in so patently formulaic a manner.

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