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Gingerbread Man by Lee Strauss
Length: 6 hours and 40 minutes
Published by ESB Publishing Pages: 300
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Reba Buhr, Roger Wayne
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When that cute chick you met online is murdered – but shows up for your next internet meeting anyway.
Marlow’s just a regular geeky college freshman with little to no experience with girls, so when he has a semi-flirtatious chat with a cute girl online, it’s almost more than his nerves can handle.
Then the girl is brutally murdered.
Or is she?
Marlow finds himself teamed up with intelligent and savvy Sage Farrell, a girl so far out of his league he feels blinded in her presence – literally – damned glasses! Together they work to find the identity of @gingerbreadman. Can they stop the killer before he strikes in more worlds than one?
FRINGE meets ELEMENTARY in this Science Fiction Mystery Romantic Suspense by Amazon best-selling author Lee Strauss.
**Originally published as a 3 part serial – this is now the complete novel.**
Here is what I thought
This was a bit different for a mystery and even with this slight SyFy feel enjoyed it but I was a bit confused at the the beginning.
This is told in the POV of four different people, Teagan, Sage, Marlow and the Killer.
When Teagan and Marlow got online to check out the chat forum for their college they both received a shock, like a current went through the computer. They talk for a while and decide to met but when each goes to where they were suppose to meet they never see each other, she gets mad at him and thinks he stood her up. He doesn’t understand why she would think that when she was the one that didn’t show. Then later on this girl he has come to like is murdered, but then she is still online, so how is that possible? I feel if I say to much more about the plot it would give to much away so going to stop there. 🙂
Once I got it in my head that I was listening to 4 different POV’s with two narrators I got into the story. It was a lot of keep track of and not at all what I originally thought I was getting as I didn’t notice the syfy mention on goodreads. I wasn’t a huge fan of Teagan but that’s okay because she wasn’t the main character. Marlow is kind of a geek so when he finds a girl that is a lot like him online he just can’t believe it, he also didn’t know that it was going to take him on a pretty wild ride as he races to save her from the Ginger Bread Man. I really liked Sage too, she isn’t sure what to think of Marlow when she first meets him but soon she starts to enjoy his company even though they are totally night and day.
I really like how they figured out who the bad guy was and the whole unusual way this mystery was presented. 🙂
If you enjoy mysteries you might give this one a try as I thought it was different.
I have listened to Reba Buhr before but this one my first time with Roger Wayne and I enjoyed the duo. My only real problem was that sometimes it was hard to figure out who was talking since there was 4 POV’s (2 female and 2 male).
Audio rating: 4
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