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am 5. Juli 2000
This is one of the most suspenseful books I have read in the last couple of years. The author is actually Douglas Borton, using one of his pseudonyms (Brian Harper is another). This is the story of stalker and prey, although you are never quite sure which is which. The plot takes some breathtaking twists and the action is always logical and doesn't depend on someone doing something stupid to further the plot along. John Cray may be the person responsible for the brutal slaying of a young woman in the book's opening chapter. Unbeknownst to him, he is being trailed by someone from his past, someone who knows him as no one else does, someone who knows what he is capable of. Kaylie McMillan was committed for the murder of her husband of less than a year twelve years before the action of the book takes place. She was institutionalized and eventually escaped and has evaded the authorities since then by moving from place to place and identity to identity. She has been tracking a killer's modus operandi (the "stealing faces" of the title is a very literal thing). Their cat and mouse game ends badly for Kaylie when Cray sees her from a distance. She is captured by Cray and driven out into the desert for her unmasking. She narrowly escapes and takes some evidence that will implicate Cray. She decides to call the police, who realize who she is, but don't believe that she is sane. As the police close in, she leaves the evidence at a phone booth but it is intercepted by Cray, unbeknownst to her. Thinking that she has finally left her past behind her, she lets down her guard. She is recaptured by the police, institutionalized and put under the "care" of her enemy in a stunning twist. One policeman from Tucson, who has no jurisdiction in the case, decides to follow up the investigation and, after talking to her father-in-law, ralizes that Kaylie just may be sane, and in great danger. Once again, she escapes with her adversary in very close pursuit! I cannot recommend this book and the others by Douglas Borton. Here is an author to watch for and treasure!
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VINE-PRODUKTTESTERam 23. September 2011
Dr. Cray - Psychiater und Direktor einer Klinik für geistig Verrückte - liebt es zu Jagen - Frauen zu jagen. Allerdings nicht in dem Sinne, dass er sie ver- und nach Hause "entführt", nein... er kidnappt sie, bringt sie in ein abgelegenes Stück Land und jagt sie, jagt sie wie Tiere. Kurz bevor er sie streben lässt, zieht er ihnen das Gesicht ab.

Kaylie dreht den Spieß um. Selbst einst Patientin im Krankenhaus Dr. Crays gewesen, gelang ihr die Flucht und nun stellt sie Dr. Cray nach, um sein dunkles Geheimnis zu lüften. Nur glaubt ihr niemand. Insbesondere die Polizei, denn Kaylie war nicht nur Patientin Dr. Crays, ihr wird auch der Mord an ihrem Ehemann zur Last gelegt.

Natürlich gelingt es Dr. Cray Kaylie wieder in seine Gewalt zu bekommen und die Polizei scheint ihr Ziel erreicht zu haben. Aber die Intervention Kaylies Schwiegervaters, der ja eigentlich glücklich darüber sein sollte, dass die Mörderin seines Sohnes wieder in der Klinik ist und die persönliche Situation des ermittelnden Beamten lässt diesen dann doch nochmal intensiver über den Fall nachdenken...

Prescott schafft es die beteiligten Person plastisch entstehen zu lassen: der kalte, berechnende Dr. Cray, der in seiner Klinik als tadelloser Direktor dasteht und vergöttert wird; die verängstigte und seit 12 Jahren auf der Flucht befindliche Kaylie, müde, die nicht mehr in der Lage ist klar und zielgerichtet zu agieren; der "schnell schießende" Polizist, der eigentlich froh ist einen Fall gelöst zu haben, der sich aber nicht von seiner persönlichen Vergangenheit lösen kann und so Beruf und Privates durcheinander mischt.

Die Geschichte selbst ist glatt und durchsichtig geschrieben. Der Plott hat keine Ecken und Kanten, an denen man sich stößt und die Geschichte inkonsistent erscheinen lassen würde. Prescott schreibt spannend, denn oft führt er den Leser auf's Glatteis, lässt ihn denken, die Geschichte müsse eine bestimmte Wendung nehmen, schlägt dann aber eine andere ein. Dieser Stil macht das Buch spannend.

Warum nur 4 Sterne? Allzuoft habe ich mich dabei erwischt, feststellen zu wollen, wie ein Kapitel, ein Abschnitt zu Ende geht und habe vorgeblättert... und nichts verpasst. Prescot hätte also deutlich dichter schreiben dürfen. Das ändert aber nichts an einer großartigen und spannenden Geschichte.
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am 25. März 2000
Hannibal Lecter, move over. Dr. John Cray is the new resident psycho physician on the ward. Hannibal the Cannibal took one victim's face in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS in order to effect his escape. Dr. John Cray, who runs a mental hospital, makes this a habit. His signature is as chilling as the M.O.
Then, to his astonishment, Cray begins to suspect that someone is actually stalking him! The events are contorted and twisted with gleeful abruptness by "newcomer" Prescott and you would swear that Cray's captured victim will never escape his deadly web of deceit.
Of course, Cray's uncharacteristically sloppy handling of incriminating evidence is the only implausible part in the whole book but it doesn't mar what will prove to be a fine thriller by the author of COMES THE DARK and THE SHADOW HUNTER.
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am 6. Oktober 2012
A brutal serial killer that hunts his victims down like prey and collects their faces as trophies, a young woman on the run from her old life and a homicide detective trying to cope with the loss of his wife are the protagonists of this fast-paced Thriller. Throw some theories and facts about the human mind in the mix and you get an intriguing page turner with some surprises and twists. Try not to read too many reviews, I've found they are giving too much away too soon.

"We have to believe there's more to us than just instincts and chemicals. Even if we can't prove it, even if it's not even true, we can't live any other way."
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am 28. Oktober 1999
The cover caught my eye and the story captured by mind. This is really a scary book, but very believable. Kaylie is a sympathetic and pathetic character, running for her life while trying to rid the world of a sadistic killer. No one believes her, she has no money, she lives in seedy motels and her beat up old car--all the while trying to convince herself she's not crazy. She is so terribly alone with her fears and her mission. I couldn't even catch my breath until it was over. I can hardly wait for the next Prescott novel. Wish he would include Kaylie and Detective Shepherd in a sequel...I want to know what happens to them both.
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am 13. Juni 2000
John Cray is being hunted. For him, this is a shock, for normally he is the hunter. Thus begins another cat and mouse game with John Cray chasing his stalker. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that his hunter is a face from the past. One that he thought was long gone. Kaylie McMillan has been hiding for 10 years. She's been waiting for John Cray to slip up and this time she thinks she has him. Start this one early, you won't want to put it down! Michael Prescott just continues to push the line in this genre. I urge you to read all 3 of his books; you will not be disappointed!
Lady Pandora
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am 28. Januar 2012
Ich habe dieses Buch in der Kindle-Fassung gelesen.

Die Handlung wird in den vorangegangenen Rezensionen ja hinreichend beschrieben. Das Buch ist durchaus spannend geschrieben und liest sich gut. Einige Elemente sind allerdings entweder ideenlos / klischeehaft (bspw. Psychologe wird zum Psychopath oder die Endszene) oder zu wenig erklärt (bspw. die Stiefvaterrolle wirkt irgendwie fremd, ein tieferer Einblick hätte der Geschichte gut getan).

Trotzdem solider Thriller.
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am 27. September 1999
Michael Prescott is the brightest new star in the suspense genre. "Stealing Faces," his second novel, has a complex plot, but the reader never loses the thread. Kaylie McMillan has been on the run for 12 years with almost no one to turn to for help. And no one believes her fantastic tale of intrigue and horror about John Cray, one of the most believable villains in fiction. The book is a page-turner with a satisfying conclusion.
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am 26. November 1999
After I read POP GOES THE WEASEL, I wanted to read another thriller. I was searching through books until I see that this book has 5 stars. So when I read the reviews, I got the book and read it. After that, I was amazed. This is a great book! So what I'm trying to say is that your should agree to these opinions . What is also suprisingly is that my mother reads alot of books, she said she is interested in reading this book!
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am 22. Oktober 1999
I couldn't put this book down. If it wasn't in my hands, it was in my mind. I kept picking it up and reading and finished it so quickly, I started reading it again! He's that good. If you want to scared, and you demand excellent writing, facinating characters, and a complex villain, read this book.
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