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AN EVIL MIND was Chris Carters's most acclaimed novel to date, described by the Daily mail as: 'A chilling, compulsive portrait of a psychopath, and proves that Carter is now in the Jeffrey Deaver class.' It spent three weeks in the Sunday Timestop ten and received brillant reviews and sales. This terrifying new standalone thriller reunites Hunter and Garcia in their most AN EVIL MIND was Chris Carters's most acclaimed novel to date, described by the Daily mail as: 'A chilling, compulsive portrait of a psychopath, and proves that Carter is now in the Jeffrey Deaver class.' It spent three weeks in the Sunday Timestop ten and received brillant reviews and sales. This terrifying new standalone thriller reunites Hunter and Garcia in their most explosive case to date.


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AN EVIL MIND was Chris Carters's most acclaimed novel to date, described by the Daily mail as: 'A chilling, compulsive portrait of a psychopath, and proves that Carter is now in the Jeffrey Deaver class.' It spent three weeks in the Sunday Timestop ten and received brillant reviews and sales. This terrifying new standalone thriller reunites Hunter and Garcia in their most AN EVIL MIND was Chris Carters's most acclaimed novel to date, described by the Daily mail as: 'A chilling, compulsive portrait of a psychopath, and proves that Carter is now in the Jeffrey Deaver class.' It spent three weeks in the Sunday Timestop ten and received brillant reviews and sales. This terrifying new standalone thriller reunites Hunter and Garcia in their most explosive case to date.

30 review for I Am Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbie

    My thoughts in a nutshell I love Chris Carter. He is my absolute favorite crime writer. This was the first time when I was able to figure out how his book will end. I’m very disappointed with it. What impressed me The series' strongest point is the characters. The two main detectives Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia. I adored Hunter. He is the love of my life. :D I love the dynamic between the two cops. They worked together perfectly. They analyzed the whole situation and thought about it. We are My thoughts in a nutshell I love Chris Carter. He is my absolute favorite crime writer. This was the first time when I was able to figure out how his book will end. I’m very disappointed with it. What impressed me The series' strongest point is the characters. The two main detectives Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia. I adored Hunter. He is the love of my life. :D I love the dynamic between the two cops. They worked together perfectly. They analyzed the whole situation and thought about it. We are (as a reader) able to take part in the investigation. I always enjoy the research behind Carter’s book. It is so exciting when during the autopsy he describes the progress. He tells us every little medical detail, and I am here for it. I felt comfortable because he explained it easily so that everyone can understand. The writing style is very gruesome and includes a lot of gore. It isn't for everyone, but it doesn't bother me. I admired the fact that we always meet the killer. I don't like it when the perpetrator only shows up at the end of the book. I always read Carter’s book very quickly because all of them are real page-turners. What I don't like I don’t like the ending. It was far fetched and easy to predict. Make a conclusion Overall, this one was the worst of his books so far. Although I still enjoyed it, I'm very disappointed. I gave it 3.5 stars and rounded up for 4. I highly recommend the series!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    MIND-BLOWING! That's the only way to describe the latest piece of brilliance from the pen of Chris Carter. I Am Death features the same two popular Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit, Hunter and Garcia BUT this is pitched as a stand alone novel.The two come back together to seek out one of the most sadistic and lethal serial killers they have come up against yet. All of Chris's books are VERY graphic on the torture, sadism, abduction and kill scenes. So if you are not up for that, walk away. MIND-BLOWING! That's the only way to describe the latest piece of brilliance from the pen of Chris Carter. I Am Death features the same two popular Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit, Hunter and Garcia BUT this is pitched as a stand alone novel.The two come back together to seek out one of the most sadistic and lethal serial killers they have come up against yet. All of Chris's books are VERY graphic on the torture, sadism, abduction and kill scenes. So if you are not up for that, walk away. However mingled in with his graphic work is brilliant plot, outstanding character development and edge of your seat, page flicking excitement. I believe this is my favourite of his seven books written to date featuring the brilliant mind of Det. Robert Hunter - a man who can get into the head of any serial killer and start to think like they think and stay sane at the same time. He's so darn good. The detail in this book around the investigation of numerous women who are first abducted confidently then found dead, horribly mutilated and obviously tortured is excellent. Chris does not leave details out from forensics, dialogue or background. He paints such a clear picture it's like watching a movie. This is one of the most sadistic, confident serial killers I can recall from many crime books read, very cleverly written, terrifying with his coldness and total lack of human emotion. Fascinating in his ability to dodge detection. The twist in this book at the end blew me away, I was already hooked, thought it could not get ANY better then WHAM! I was hit with reveals and a twist that had me re-read the paragraph numerous times to get it right in my buzzed out head. If you have never read Chris Carter's books featuring Det. Hunter and his partner Det. Garcia, don't worry too much about having to read the six books in the series, you can happily start with this as a stand-alone and if hooked, like me, you can go back. I am a huge fan, I don't think anybody writes like Carter, certainly his level of detail is phenomenal. If you not afraid of graphic and difficult scenes, this book is just brilliant and to be honest it's a six star read for me. So I will have to settle on five. But it deserves six. One of my most memorable of his books. Get it, borrow it, buy it, read it. Trust me. For more of my reviews, book chat, giveaways go to: https://www.facebook.com/BookloverCat... Thanks so much to the publisher via NetGalley for my review copy of this book. And thanks SO much to Chris Carter for keeping on keeping on with his writing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    LAPD’s Ultra Violent Crimes Unit lead detective, Robert Hunter, races to stop a serial killer whose past secrets rival those of Hunter’s himself. WOW! DOUBLE WOW! This author scares me! I have read every one of the Robert Hunter series, and it seems that each serial killer tops the last. Each is brutal, sadistic, fiendish, cold-blooded, vicious, cruel, barbarous.. but the serial killer in this book is even worse. If blood and guts, torture bother you, or the sadistic treatment of a child or woman LAPD’s Ultra Violent Crimes Unit lead detective, Robert Hunter, races to stop a serial killer whose past secrets rival those of Hunter’s himself. WOW! DOUBLE WOW! This author scares me! I have read every one of the Robert Hunter series, and it seems that each serial killer tops the last. Each is brutal, sadistic, fiendish, cold-blooded, vicious, cruel, barbarous.. but the serial killer in this book is even worse. If blood and guts, torture bother you, or the sadistic treatment of a child or woman is not your thing, then skip this book. On the other hand, if you really dig serial killers and the harm they can do, you will like this one, and you will like all the others in the series. This is a grand stand-alone, it repeats a little about Hunter and Gracia from the beginning of the series, but no spoilers for his other books. I highly recommend starting from the first and have a marathon reading event to read them all. There are surprises along the way, but none so surprising at what comes in the end. This killer likes to play games and he wants Robert and his partner, Carlos, to play with him. Only the best to take down the best. The ending will absolutely blow your mind. I wish I could give this more than 5 stars ... YES! it is THAT good! Many thanks to the author / Atria/Emily Bestler Books / Netgalley for the advance, uncorrected reader's proof. The opinion expressed is unbiased and entirely my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    My review: Damn that was unexpected. Damn that inappropriate use of a certain power tool. My complaints: Do we need the repetition about the characters' backgrounds/abilities etc etc? I know new readers need a bit of that, but can we at least have new ways of describing them? Plus, since the perfection of Robert Hunter grates on me a little (nobody is that brilliant at bloody everything), I prefer not to be reminded, and therefore annoyed, in every book. Still, these are such minor things and I lov My review: Damn that was unexpected. Damn that inappropriate use of a certain power tool. My complaints: Do we need the repetition about the characters' backgrounds/abilities etc etc? I know new readers need a bit of that, but can we at least have new ways of describing them? Plus, since the perfection of Robert Hunter grates on me a little (nobody is that brilliant at bloody everything), I prefer not to be reminded, and therefore annoyed, in every book. Still, these are such minor things and I love this series. It continues to get more violent with each book and i'm wondering, with sincere trepidation, where it's going to go next...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White

    Wow!! This series just keeps getting better!! Gruesome deaths and clever stories.. gotta love it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mort

    5 STARS I didn’t know anything about Chris Carter – don’t ask me how this happened – and got I Am Death as a birthday present. The “About the author” part tickled me – he does sound like an interesting character. The chapters are short, which makes it a fast and easy read. The opening chapter was excellent! About a hundred pages into the book, my wife asked what my thoughts were so far and, to be totally honest, I told her that it feels like he drags some things out a little too much. There was some 5 STARS I didn’t know anything about Chris Carter – don’t ask me how this happened – and got I Am Death as a birthday present. The “About the author” part tickled me – he does sound like an interesting character. The chapters are short, which makes it a fast and easy read. The opening chapter was excellent! About a hundred pages into the book, my wife asked what my thoughts were so far and, to be totally honest, I told her that it feels like he drags some things out a little too much. There was something I’d figured out and it took more than two chapters for him to get there. As I neared the end, there was something that just didn’t make any sense to me, and I was ready to dislike the book enough to call it a waste of time. But…if you’ve checked the top of this review, you will see that I gave it five stars. Why? Well, what I didn’t know was that Mr. Carter had disguised this mind-blowingly superb twist so well that it knocked me right on my ass! I want to apologize to Mr. Carter for doubting him, because what he did with this story was fucking brilliant! So much so, when he revealed the killer, it paled in comparison to the twist…but you have to read this book yourself to find out what it is.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Judy D Collins

    Mastermind Chris Carter returns following An Evil Mind with I AM DEATH –a terrifying, dark, intense, and twisted psychological crime thriller, featuring Robert Hunter front and center in a suspense cat-and-mouse "mind-blowing" chase. For those who enjoy twisty, smart, edgy, intelligent, gruesome, and very dark psycho-thrillers! Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD Robbery Homicide Division grew up as an only child to working class parents in an underprivileged neighborhood of South Los Angele Mastermind Chris Carter returns following An Evil Mind with I AM DEATH –a terrifying, dark, intense, and twisted psychological crime thriller, featuring Robert Hunter front and center in a suspense cat-and-mouse "mind-blowing" chase. For those who enjoy twisty, smart, edgy, intelligent, gruesome, and very dark psycho-thrillers! Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD Robbery Homicide Division grew up as an only child to working class parents in an underprivileged neighborhood of South Los Angeles. His mother lost her battle with cancer when he was only seven and his father never remarried and had to take on two jobs to cope with the demands of raising a child. He was different. He got bored easily and made his way quickly through school- At the age of twelve Hunter was given a scholarship to the Mirman School for Highly Gifted Children. Only the beginning, making his way to Stanford University. At nineteen he had graduated with a degree in psychology and at twenty-three received his Ph.D. in criminal behavior analysis and biopsychology. For years the FBI had made attempts to recruit Hunter. Hunter would rather be a detective with the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division than join the most advanced serial killer—tracking force in the US, and even, the world. however, Hunter would rather be a detective with the local police force than join the most advanced serial-killer tracking task force in the USA. He had continued to decline every offer by Kennedy. In other words, he is brilliant! Hunter did not have a family and was not married. No kids. An insomniac. His partner of six years, Detective Carlos Garcia was also his best friend. They headed up a specialized group where all the homicides were overwhelming brutality and or sadism had been used by the perpetrator and tagged by the department as UV crimes. A young woman about to start her second year of law school at Cal State was found by the LA airport and left in a position of a five-point human star. (A protection against evil)? A symbol that has been associated with evil and devil worshipping. Nichole Wilson from Indiana and was abducted while babysitting for a wealthy couple. Grisly details. A tube of paper. Lacerations; no two the exact same size. Tortured. Violated. Whipped. Two different instruments. Like cutting brushstrokes onto a canvas. Blood inside the brain. A sadistic killer. A note from the killer in blood, I AM DEATH. The killer had tortured her for almost six days. They had never come across a killer with this level of confidence. Hunter knew this meant one thing. He did it for one reason. To let everyone know that this wouldn’t end here. A huge ego. Confident. Intelligent. Knowledgeable. Meticulous. He wanted the body found and the note. Perpetrators who place their victims’ bodies in specific positions or shapes, with the intention of them being found that way are very particular about every detail. The abduction, the torturing, the killing, the positioning and disposal of the body and the note. Tremendous detail. He wants them to know how good he is. Did the killer make the call? Nichole Wilson was only the beginning. From a flight attendant’s corpse to a kidnapped eleven-year-old boy renamed Squirm. A system that failed him. A serial killer. From taunting notes, photographs, to messages from a monster, a fast-paced action-fueled—terrifying sadistic game. A clue to a double meaning. Gross, dark, gruesome, bloody, chilling, and brilliantly crafted. As always Chris Carter draws on his personal experience and a pro at creating the most heinous and intelligent of evil psychological crime thrillers. He knows monsters. An unpredictable twist at the end wraps up another winner by Carter! A special thank you to Atria and NetGalley for an early reading copy. JDCMustReadBooks

  8. 5 out of 5

    Book Addict Shaun

    Anyone who reads my blog will probably know that I am a huge Chris Carter fan. I Am Death was one of my most anticipated reads of 2015. I finished I Am Death at 3 a.m. one Saturday morning and it left me reeling. I would have to say that Chris is probably now my favourite crime fiction author of all time, and I firmly believe that he is just in a league of his own. If anybody can recommend me similar authors with books released in the last ten years, please do! At the time of writing this review Anyone who reads my blog will probably know that I am a huge Chris Carter fan. I Am Death was one of my most anticipated reads of 2015. I finished I Am Death at 3 a.m. one Saturday morning and it left me reeling. I would have to say that Chris is probably now my favourite crime fiction author of all time, and I firmly believe that he is just in a league of his own. If anybody can recommend me similar authors with books released in the last ten years, please do! At the time of writing this review I can't see an official blurb, or at least, not one that hints at what the story is about and so I went into I Am Death with no idea of what to expect, which is unusual for me because I almost always read the blurb. For that reason it's difficult to know where to begin and how much to give away. Detective Robert Hunter has barely returned to work after his vacation (which wasn't exactly a vacation, read An Evil Mind to find out why) when he is called into his Captain's office to be given his next case. The most I can say about the case is that women are being abducted in LA before their mutilated bodies are left, arranged in various ways for the police to find and with the words I AM DEATH being left behind whether in the victim's blood or inside the victim. Once the mayor gets involved the pressure is really on for Hunter to shut this case down. For new readers Hunter works for the Homicide Special Section of the LAPD, dealing with Ultra-Violent crimes. He is an extremely clever and gifted individual who uses his ability to step into the killer's shoes to give him that edge when trying to solve a case. He is easily my favourite fictional detective to read about. He is somewhat of a 'Supercop' but not in that sickly Alex Cross way, more in a 'Holy shit, this guy is f***ing amazing way'. He also likes chilli-flavoured beef jerky and cold pizza. Pretty much a faultless character! Also part of the UV unit is his partner Garcia who makes a welcome return in I Am Death, after a humorous opening that fooled both me and Hunter! The twists that are delivered in I Am Death really are incredible, and they come when you least expect them. I finished this book feeling like I'd been put through the wringer, and the term book hangover has never applied more than when I finished this. I found I Am Death to be a really thought-provoking read in terms of how our killer thinks. The reasonings behind the killings giving real pause for thought, and it had me coming up with numerous scenarios as I read. Because of not wanting to step into spoiler territory I am wary about how much I should reveal (but I want to talk about this book!) but Hunter and Garcia soon realise that they aren't dealing with your dictionary definition sociopath, but rather somebody unlike anyone they have ever hunted before. Somebody who is in complete control, and who kills not because he feels the need to, but because he wants to. And aren't those characters always the more scary to read about? Once those revelations start coming out towards the end of I Am Death, everything just slots into place perfectly. Chris's characters are always killed in the most brutal and sadistic of ways, so wonderfully violent. But no matter how violent the crime, and no matter who the killer is they are always haunting reads. Focusing on real and genuine evil. Once again this is a real study of a damaged mind, so very believable that even without knowing the history of Chris Carter, you can tell he's somebody with real knowledge of everything that he writes about. Also, Chris's murders are always more impactful because he spends a little time building up his victims, really humanising them so readers feel real empathy towards them and so when they eventually fall victim to the killer, the reader really feels it, making this a very powerful and tense read. You know when you watch a scary film and your hearts beating and you kind of lose all sense of everything around you (except for those noises that make you nervous)? I had all of that and more with I Am Death and it was more scary, gripping and intense than any film I have watched recently. The last third especially, my heart was pounding so fast I was afraid for my health. I even shouted at somebody for interrupting me as I was reading it and nearing that final section. The overall ending was nothing short of perfection, a true crime fiction masterpiece. I had a few ideas in my head of how things might play out and I was kind of right but the great thing about Chris's books is that you will never work out the full story, meaning that most readers should be left surprised. I get annoyed when somebody posts a negative review, of any book and somehow it is considered more 'honest'. Well Chris Carter might be my favourite crime author but my review is completely honest and in actual fact, this is probably a toned down version of just how much I enjoyed this book! Chris Carter is in a league of his own and his Robert Hunter series should be looked at as a true masterclass in how to write crime fiction, how to truly enthrall a reader and leave them desperate for more. Crime fiction is one of the busiest and biggest genres and I like to think that my list of favourites are amongst the best, and sitting pretty at number one is Chris Carter and Robert Hunter, so please pick up his books if you haven't already. I can almost guarantee that you will love them. And I'm sure Northern Crime, Grab This Book and I Love Reading would tell you I am right on that last part!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Carter offers readers another chance to see Detective Robert Hunter at work, crossing paths with the most sadistic killers LA has to offer. When a mutilated body turns up next to LAX, Hunter and his partner, Carlos Garcia, are sent to investigate. Little do they realise, but the signs of torture and sexual assault are the least intriguing pieces of the puzzle. A note lodged in the woman's throat introduces the Ultra Violent Crimes detectives to their latest serial killer, who refers to himself a Carter offers readers another chance to see Detective Robert Hunter at work, crossing paths with the most sadistic killers LA has to offer. When a mutilated body turns up next to LAX, Hunter and his partner, Carlos Garcia, are sent to investigate. Little do they realise, but the signs of torture and sexual assault are the least intriguing pieces of the puzzle. A note lodged in the woman's throat introduces the Ultra Violent Crimes detectives to their latest serial killer, who refers to himself as 'I AM DEATH'. When another body turns up, the only similarity is another note from I AM DEATH, leaving Hunter to wonder what kind of killer changes his MO and killing style so radically. In a parallel sub-plot, an eleven-year-old is kidnapped and severely abused, to the point of breaking down, and given the moniker SQUIRM. Degraded and with no hope of escape, Squirm is forced to live alongside the killer and witness unspeakable horrors. As clues slowly trickle in, Hunter does his best to analyse the notes to find something that ties them all together, hoping to stop this killer before the bodies continue piling up. As sadistic as any novel in the series, Carter leaves nothing out of bounds and pulls the reader in from the outset, begging them to try walking away before the final turn of the page. As with all Carter novels, this one pulls the reader into the core of a psychological mystery and will not let go. Be it the strong connection to Robert Hunter, the graphic details of crimes and criminal behaviour, or the short chapters that leave the reader wanting more, something keeps the novel pushing onwards without losing any momentum. Carter is at the height of the genre and knows how to navigate the nuances that keep the reader from straying. The gory details may not be for some, nor will the highly disturbing description of some situations, but for those who can stomach this, the story comes to life and makes for a sensational read. Carter stands alone with his gift for fluid storytelling, even if he does enjoy living outside the reader's comfort zone. Kudos, Mr. Carter for such a riveting piece of work, tapping into the darkest corners of the genre. Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    3.5 stars First thing first ... Chris Carter has become one my auto-read mystery/suspense authors for the past few years. His works entertain me. Period. Carter writes his chapter with a bait to open the next one immediately, keeps the pace fast, throws red herrings here and there, and lets our detectives struggle to find clues before the next body comes. They're not for the squeamish though; his description of the crime is vivid. His murder scenes are of often very bloody, the victims suffered f 3.5 stars First thing first ... Chris Carter has become one my auto-read mystery/suspense authors for the past few years. His works entertain me. Period. Carter writes his chapter with a bait to open the next one immediately, keeps the pace fast, throws red herrings here and there, and lets our detectives struggle to find clues before the next body comes. They're not for the squeamish though; his description of the crime is vivid. His murder scenes are of often very bloody, the victims suffered from gruesome form of torture or killing method. "I Am Death" offers the same formula. I was happy that Garcia was back as Hunter's partner in this book, he made me worried in book #4, and in book #5 he wasn't even around (though that book was good in a different way -- it was more 'personal' in terms of Hunter's background). So those are the good things. BUT, just as I finished this -- my initial reaction towards it was that I felt depressed. Yep, this was depressing :( The answer is inside the spoiler-tag -- it's MAJOR SPOILER, as in I will mention the murderer's name, so avoid it at all cost except if you actually want to be spoiled. (view spoiler)[I really have no problem reading all the gory murders that Chris Carter writes about (what's that said about me?). I know that it's fiction, I can detach myself from it. EXCEPT for the part with Squirm. Squirm, real name Ricky Temple, was only 11 years old when he was kidnapped by a monster of a man. He was already a 'weak' kid -- often bullied by kids at his school. Then he was kidnapped, was kept for 7 years, in which he was tortured as in ... beaten up, raped, shackled, locked inside a cell, starved up, treated like a slave ... and my heart just broke. This was a child. A CHILD. I hated reading that part -- I hated the fact that he was practically a helpless boy and must endured it for seven years. Each chapter that has Squirm's perspective in it, just made me want to reach out into the pages and save him from the clutch of that Monster. The twist of this book was that the "Squirm chapters" happened in the past, twenty-five years before. In the present time, Squirm becomes the murderer himself -- "I AM DEATH" -- as he repeats the killings done by 'The Monster' which then bring Hunter and Garcia to investigate. But I didn't feel any relief in reading this revelation. It felt like a bitter taste to swallow. I was sad then depressed. For the horrific past and the way that it turned Squirm into another monster. I wasn't satisfied at all. (hide spoiler)] On another note, I did wish that I got to know Hunter's mind a little bit more, because Carter doesn't really let readers know about Hunter's thinking process... he just lets the explanation comes from Hunter's mouth later on. It is probably like reading Holmes' investigation process, where you just end up baffled (or annoyed) at the way he solves the cases. Which means the ending also feels rushed when Hunter is able to connect all the dots (but it happens inside his head!). All in all, while it was still as enjoyable, I have to deduct the star-rating because of the uncomfortable feeling I had to endure. So sorry for this, book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    WOW! What a book, I actually feel exhausted from all the suspense! I can't believe I have never read a book by Chris Carter before and this is the seventh book in the Detective Robert Hunter series. 'I Am Death' begins with Hunter and his partner, Detective Carlos Garcia, returning from a two week break. They are immediately thrown into investigating a horrendous case; a serial killer is abducting women and murdering them in horrific ways. Complicating the investigation is how the serial killer m WOW! What a book, I actually feel exhausted from all the suspense! I can't believe I have never read a book by Chris Carter before and this is the seventh book in the Detective Robert Hunter series. 'I Am Death' begins with Hunter and his partner, Detective Carlos Garcia, returning from a two week break. They are immediately thrown into investigating a horrendous case; a serial killer is abducting women and murdering them in horrific ways. Complicating the investigation is how the serial killer murders; he changes his MO each time. The story unravels at a really fast pace and grabbed me right from the start. I was literally holding my breath in parts of this story; the suspense was so high. It was creepy, frightening and unpredictable. Parts of it reminded me of scenes in the movie adaptation of 'The silence of the Lambs'. The book is definitely not for the faint hearted as there is a lot of graphic detail about the murders, and I must admit at times it was a bit much for me. It didn't stop me from enjoying the story and towards the end I couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good serial killer book and can stomach a lot of gruesome detail. I will definitely be reading more of Chris Carter. Thank you to the publisher via net galley for my copy to read and review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lukasz

    I like Chris Carter books. I've discovered them last year and read all of them in two weaks time. Mind-blowing, I thought. Even though the murders were described in all bloody detail, often extreme and butcherly, there was intriguing plot and Robert Hunter trying to get into someone else's mind. I was hooked. And I was waiting for this one impatiently. I've just finished it and, well, I'm rather disappointed. There's a lot of gore, the plot and final twist is similar to his earlier books. I start I like Chris Carter books. I've discovered them last year and read all of them in two weaks time. Mind-blowing, I thought. Even though the murders were described in all bloody detail, often extreme and butcherly, there was intriguing plot and Robert Hunter trying to get into someone else's mind. I was hooked. And I was waiting for this one impatiently. I've just finished it and, well, I'm rather disappointed. There's a lot of gore, the plot and final twist is similar to his earlier books. I start to have an impression that Carter has just one idea for the book: the story changes, sure, but basically it's always the same scheme. It didn't work for me this time. Too much cruelty, not enough depth.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Sometimes only a desperately dark, heart-stopping psychopath will do. Fortunately there is Chris Carter for all our bookish evil serial killer needs. The latest Chris Carter is ‘I am Death’, featuring his super intelligent and rather lovely Detective Robert Hunter. This is the seventh in the series. This was just what I needed! Robert Hunter works for the Ultra Violent Unit, in the LAPD, with his sidekick Garcia. He is soon on the case of a violent, sadistic killer at work in the city. Robert is Sometimes only a desperately dark, heart-stopping psychopath will do. Fortunately there is Chris Carter for all our bookish evil serial killer needs. The latest Chris Carter is ‘I am Death’, featuring his super intelligent and rather lovely Detective Robert Hunter. This is the seventh in the series. This was just what I needed! Robert Hunter works for the Ultra Violent Unit, in the LAPD, with his sidekick Garcia. He is soon on the case of a violent, sadistic killer at work in the city. Robert is able to use his profiling and massive intellectual abilities, to get into the mind of the twisted and damaged individual. He is very good at seeing the underlying messages and clues, left by killers. Young women are being taken, mutilated and murdered in the most horrific ways. The killer leaves a note with the words ‘I am Death’ written in blood. When the Mayor receives a letter and a chilling photo, the pressure on Hunter starts to build. The killer is escalating, killing one woman in the city per day. Simultaneously, we hear the story of a young eleven year old boy kidnapped and brutalised by an older man. Will the boy, nicknamed Squirm, ever escape his nightmare? Chris Carter is the king of brutal chilling crime, with enough detail to send your imagination to terrifying places. There is no doubt about it. He is the master of nightmares. We get a killer, who would challenge Hannibal Lector in the seriously deranged category. Carter pays homage to slasher movies, at one point and tries to scare the living daylights out of us with the use of DIY equipment, in another scene. All well executed! Brutal and shocking. At the same time, we find out enough about the past and inner workings of our killer to see him as a victim. He chooses that evil path, yet he is a product of so much suffering. It is no wonder that our psychopath turned out the way he did. We also get to know the poor unfortunate victims and their histories. Carter well and truly plays us and on our emotions I recommend this book for anyone who needs a dollop of intense scary dark crime, with a twisted serial killer. The squeamish should stay well clear and stick to stories with kittens in them. Chris Carter comes with a warning. At the end of the book, you will be craving even more! The perfect summer read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    CL

    Robert Hunter and his partner are in search of a killer who has left no clues and can pass thru life as virtually invisible. He can disguise himself and think quickly on his feet to remain free. He is a gruesome killer and each murder is different. Then the killer starts sending letters and goes to Robert Hunter's apartment and leaves Robert a letter addressed to him. Each is signed with " I Am Death". Now it is almost as if the killer is taunting Hunter and he may be closing in on his real iden Robert Hunter and his partner are in search of a killer who has left no clues and can pass thru life as virtually invisible. He can disguise himself and think quickly on his feet to remain free. He is a gruesome killer and each murder is different. Then the killer starts sending letters and goes to Robert Hunter's apartment and leaves Robert a letter addressed to him. Each is signed with " I Am Death". Now it is almost as if the killer is taunting Hunter and he may be closing in on his real identity. Great read. I would like to thank the publisher and net Galley for the chance to read this ARC.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Helga

    Another messy, twisty and disgustingly good book from Chris Carter!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Mccall

    If you haven't read Chris Carter's Detective Robert Hunter series of books you do not know what you are missing. These books have gotten better and better with each one that is published and I can only wait to see how Carter tops this one. In I AM DEATH we meet an even more gruesome murderer than we have come across in any of the cases Hunter has previously come across as lead detective of the LAPD UV team. Hunter and his partner Garcia are in a fight against time as the killer they are tracing g If you haven't read Chris Carter's Detective Robert Hunter series of books you do not know what you are missing. These books have gotten better and better with each one that is published and I can only wait to see how Carter tops this one. In I AM DEATH we meet an even more gruesome murderer than we have come across in any of the cases Hunter has previously come across as lead detective of the LAPD UV team. Hunter and his partner Garcia are in a fight against time as the killer they are tracing gets bolder and quicker in his executions. Not for the faint hearted I AM DEATH pulls no punches when it comes to describing the details of the killings and even I, one who is not squeamish in the slightest had to at one point, close the book and take a breath as the imagination played out the description that was provided. As with all of Carter's books you can rest assured that the unveiling of the killer is not straight forward and in this book I actually went WOW never saw that coming!! Unputdownable book - in fact I read this in a day and refused to go to sleep until I was finished which is not great when you have work the next day! Well done Mr Carter, bring on the next one ASAP!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Jane

    This is the first book I have read of Chris Carter's but it certainly won't be my last. This is No.7 in the Robert Hunter series but it is released as a stand alone novel. Interestingly, at college the author Carter studied Psychology specialising in Criminal Behaviour, which in turn led to him working as a Criminal Psychologist for several years. His writing certainly reflects his experience in this field. The story surrounds the intellectually gifted Detective Robert Hunter who heads up the LAPD This is the first book I have read of Chris Carter's but it certainly won't be my last. This is No.7 in the Robert Hunter series but it is released as a stand alone novel. Interestingly, at college the author Carter studied Psychology specialising in Criminal Behaviour, which in turn led to him working as a Criminal Psychologist for several years. His writing certainly reflects his experience in this field. The story surrounds the intellectually gifted Detective Robert Hunter who heads up the LAPD's specialised Ultra Violent Unit with his partner of six years Carlos Garcia. The relationship between the detectives is something to behold, they just bounce off each other as you can imagine they would working that long as partners. Hunter and Garcia are given a case of a serial killer that possibly is the most sadistic and at the same time the most intelligent that they have ever come across in their careers. We are taken through all steps of a criminal investigation from the crime scenes, autopsies, the victims etc. The author's writing expertly switches from the killer and his thoughts, to the victims and their terrified thoughts then back to Hunter and Garcia without any confusion to the reader. There is no place for boredom in this novel! Just when you think you have worked out who the killer is and his motives, you are pulled into another direction. As the body count rises and the crime scenes become even more gruesome, you can feel Hunter's frustration whilst being given insight into his brilliant mind. Every time it looks like they have a clue, there are more questions than answers. It becomes clear that the killer is of high intelligence and appears to be the "perfect predator". Is this sadist "toying" with Hunter? Has Hunter at last met his match? This novel is fast paced with lots of twist and turns but I still wasn't prepared for the biggest one of them all. I never saw it coming, it didn't even cross my mind! All I can say is WOW! To make it clear this book is not for the faint hearted or for those who do not like novels of a grisly nature. If you enjoy the crime and thriller genre then this one is not to be missed! I may be late to the game but I am now officially a Chris Carter fan! I can't wait to sink my teeth into another one of his novels. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for an advanced copy in return for an honest and fair review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yellagirlgc

    Robert Hunter is the lead detective of the Los Angeles Ultra Violent Crimes unit. His partner Carlos Garcia is the perfect wingman. The case their investigating starts with an abduction but it goes SO many other places. The interesting facts thrown in throughout the book were huge bonuses. You connect with everyone including the victims. It was all written so masterfully I'm a little scared of Chris Carter. Lol. I read this not wanting it to end and anxious to discover each twist within the twi Robert Hunter is the lead detective of the Los Angeles Ultra Violent Crimes unit. His partner Carlos Garcia is the perfect wingman. The case their investigating starts with an abduction but it goes SO many other places. The interesting facts thrown in throughout the book were huge bonuses. You connect with everyone including the victims. It was all written so masterfully I'm a little scared of Chris Carter. Lol. I read this not wanting it to end and anxious to discover each twist within the twists. Chris Carter writes my kind of book! Thanks to NetGalley, Chris Carter and the publisher for my copy to review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nadia

    I did not expect this book to be so good! I was hooked from the very beginning and actually stayed up reading into early morning hours as I could not put the book down. This was my first Chris Carter book and despite it being #7 in the series, I did not feel I missed anything by skipping the earlier books. I will now, however, definitely look for more Robert Hunter books. This was definitely one of the best crime novels I've ever read and would highly recommend it!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    Chris Carter guaranteed himself a fan as soon as I finished reading the first Robert Hunter book. I knew without a doubt that the five star introduction to the series was a great promise of what was to come. I can safely say that I have not been disappointed by any of the Robert Hunter books. I have enjoyed some more than others, but they have all been great reads. I Am Death is the seventh Robert Hunter book, and it is as great as the rest of them. Whilst it is not my favourite (that award goes Chris Carter guaranteed himself a fan as soon as I finished reading the first Robert Hunter book. I knew without a doubt that the five star introduction to the series was a great promise of what was to come. I can safely say that I have not been disappointed by any of the Robert Hunter books. I have enjoyed some more than others, but they have all been great reads. I Am Death is the seventh Robert Hunter book, and it is as great as the rest of them. Whilst it is not my favourite (that award goes to One By One, followed closely by the wonderful introduction to the series), I will happily place it in the middle of my list. Sitting in the middle of my favourite Chris Carter books, however, is still much higher than a lot of other crime thrillers on the market. No matter what Chris Carter gives, you know you’re getting a great story. Book seven starts up not long after where book six left off. Book six was a great read, offering us a story outside of the norm. By that, I mean we moved location and things were a lot more personal for Hunter. With I Am Death, we’re back to what we have come to know and love in the earlier books. Don’t get me wrong, I adored book six, but I missed the interaction between Hunter and Garcia. Having the two men back together, watching their interactions as they worked to solve the crime, was a lot of fun. As much as I adore Hunter – he is a wonderful main character, and he is one of my favourite detectives to follow – I do have a soft spot for his partner. The start of the story alone worked to highlight why I love him so much, showcasing why we should have even more Garcia in the books. I’m merely rambling about my mental petition for more Garcia scenes now, though. I apologise. Back to the good stuff: the actual story. As always, Chris Carter has created a wonderfully connected story. The way he weaves the story together is brilliant. I want to say so much about the way certain things played out, but to do so would be to give a massive spoiler. Just know there is a bombshell to come near the end, and it is perfect in every way possible. You spend some much of the book thinking one thing, only for things to be turned around. In fact, Chris Carter turns many things around throughout the book. He has a great way of withholding information, or only showing it in a certain light, to ensure you believe one thing when in fact the story needs you to see things another way if you want to see the truth. It is a great talent, a wonderful way to keep the reader guessing until the end. Overall, as always, this was a great addition to the series. It’s perfectly fine to read it as a standalone novel, but I do suggest reading all of the books. It’s much better to follow the story in order, allowing you to truly appreciate the way things come together. I cannot wait for the next one – bring it on!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    The 7th book in the Robert Hunter series by the talented Chris Carter. I received a copy of the soon to be released novel off Net Galley and what a great read. As per usual Chris Carter's books aren't for the faint-hearted with the descriptive and often gruesome crimes but they are excellent reads that captivate and thrill the reader. I love his writing style which hooks me and tantalises me with the twists and turns right to the end. An excellent read!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    I've never been so close to figuring it all out before, yay! This book...so gross. It might even be Carter's best one yet.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    I am Death – Brilliant Thriller I am Death, is the brilliant new thriller from Chris Carter, and the seventh in the Robert Hunter series which grabs you by the throat from the start. The great thing about this series is that this like the previous books in the series can be read as standalone thriller, and will be enjoyed just as much. The book comes with enough detail about Robert Hunter and his partner Carlos Garcia. The premise is simple a woman goes missing and then turns up murdered her body I am Death – Brilliant Thriller I am Death, is the brilliant new thriller from Chris Carter, and the seventh in the Robert Hunter series which grabs you by the throat from the start. The great thing about this series is that this like the previous books in the series can be read as standalone thriller, and will be enjoyed just as much. The book comes with enough detail about Robert Hunter and his partner Carlos Garcia. The premise is simple a woman goes missing and then turns up murdered her body posed and staged and not even hidden. So begins a twisted story where the clues turn up but make no sense and the identity of the killer is not revealed to the last. We may read the killer and what they are doing but not given any idea about the identity. What we do know is that the killer only leaves tiny clues and nothing of importance for Hunter and Garcia. We see throughout the book that the killer is able to operate without in plain sight, from snatching a school boy off the street, to taking his victims from all sorts of situations. The descriptions of the abuse and murders are quite graphic so please be aware if easily offended. We get to see all the details and cannot believe what the killer does, one thing becomes clearer is that the modus operandi on each killing changes. Thus making it harder for Hunter and Garcia to investigate and solve the crime. What is clear throughout the thriller is that both Hunter and Garcia have a fantastic working relationship and are able to bounce of each other and develop theories. They are also able to operate independently of each other but act instinctively as if the other partner is there. They way Robert Hunter works, even though an insomniac, give fantastic insights in to the deviant mind of a killer. They are both workaholics, dedicated to the LAPD, and how their squad leans on them to crack the twisted murders. As the body count rises so does the twisted way in which the women are murdered, some may say even perverse. Carter leaves the reader guessing all the way to the end as to who the killer is even though he places clues throughout the book, you will think back at the end to see if you saw the clues and I doubt that you will have seen them. An excellent thriller that ticks all the boxes the reader of crime fiction wants; keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end, seriously twisted, full of surprise and at the end I did not see that one coming! Read and enjoy, and give Robert Hunter your mind to investigate.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lady*M

    3.75 stars Perhaps I wasn't in the proper mood or perhaps the previous novel (An Evil Mind) was just that good, but I Am Death didn't quite give me the same thrill as a couple of previous books. Don't get me wrong, Chris Carter knows his stuff and the mistakes of his early books have completely been eliminated. Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia are fully realized, complex characters. The case is intriguing and gory as always. The perpetrator is clever and careful and a decent challenge to our heroes 3.75 stars Perhaps I wasn't in the proper mood or perhaps the previous novel (An Evil Mind) was just that good, but I Am Death didn't quite give me the same thrill as a couple of previous books. Don't get me wrong, Chris Carter knows his stuff and the mistakes of his early books have completely been eliminated. Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia are fully realized, complex characters. The case is intriguing and gory as always. The perpetrator is clever and careful and a decent challenge to our heroes. The story has a clever twist that makes you see him in a completely different light. If I have a complaint, it's that resolution needed a few more pages, a few more steps in between Robert's realization and final confrontation. It would give us the feeling that we were going on the ride with Robert, following his footsteps. As it was, we wait for Robert to completely disclose his reasoning à la Sherlock and so the ending felt a bit rushed. Awesome twist, but rushed. In the end, it is not a surprise by now that Carter knows how to write a great thriller. He is one of the few authors whose work I have completely embraced during the last decade or less. But, not every book will completely hit every reader and this was that book for me. I Am Death is nonetheless recommended to Carter's fans and fans of exciting thrillers.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Enter Robert Hunter who has just returned from a 14 day mandatory vacation which he should have spend in Hawaii but assisted the FBI with tracking down a serial killer. His Partner Garcia drops the bombshell on him that he is leaving the department to take a job in San Francisco with the fraud squad for a safer life and better hours. However read about the next batch of gruesome murders that puts both men right back to work hunting a man that is adept at killing in the most horrible ways. Read abo Enter Robert Hunter who has just returned from a 14 day mandatory vacation which he should have spend in Hawaii but assisted the FBI with tracking down a serial killer. His Partner Garcia drops the bombshell on him that he is leaving the department to take a job in San Francisco with the fraud squad for a safer life and better hours. However read about the next batch of gruesome murders that puts both men right back to work hunting a man that is adept at killing in the most horrible ways. Read about the horrible history of Squirm a name given to his captor who is a serial killer but keeps a little boy prisoner instead of killing. A gruesome faith. Once again Chris Carter delivers a great novel (4 1/2 star actually in my humble opinion) that stands alone so if you want to have a taste this is the right novel to start with. You will be left breathless when you close the book. One of the better thrillers with the Serial killer subject. Well bloody worth your while.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Fiction Addition Angela

    OMG vicious, cruel, barbaric, sadistic, cold blooded the serial killer in this book is hard core and isn’t for the faint hearted. This was excellent reading from the first chapter until the last. Clever story that unravels. Young women are being captured, tortured and murdered. The killer then leaves the message I am death wrote in blood. I highly recommend this book Chris Carter you’ve gone to the top of my thriller read list.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    I'll never be able to look at an orbital sander in the same way ever again.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lemniscat

    Incredibly disturbing, macabre, sadistic, suspenseful and just-the-way-in-which-a-crime-novel-should-be-written. It seems that Chris Carter only gets better!

  29. 5 out of 5

    -ˋˏc a i s e eˎˊ-

    THAT TWIST AT THE ENDING???? BOY WHAT??

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Fenton

    This is the 7th book in the Robert Hunter series and whilst it can be read as a standalone, in my opinion, why would you when there are 6 brilliant books to devour before you get to this one? There isn't much I can add to this review except each book gets better than the previous and each serial killer gets sicker and more gruesome.  I read most of this book with my face scrunched up in disgust at the horrific and twisted murders and believe me it takes a LOT to make me cringe. So if you like fast This is the 7th book in the Robert Hunter series and whilst it can be read as a standalone, in my opinion, why would you when there are 6 brilliant books to devour before you get to this one? There isn't much I can add to this review except each book gets better than the previous and each serial killer gets sicker and more gruesome.  I read most of this book with my face scrunched up in disgust at the horrific and twisted murders and believe me it takes a LOT to make me cringe. So if you like fast paced, gripping and really disgusting serial killer thrillers, have a strong stomach and don't mind gore - you should 100% read this incredible series.

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