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The Beautiful Dead

byBelinda Bauer

Hardcover | January 13, 2017

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'Belinda Bauer is a marvel. Her novels are almost indecently gripping and enjoyable.'-Sophie Hannah,New York Times bestselling author ofThe Monogram Murders andWoman with a SecretBelinda Bauer is an award-winning British crime writer of the highest caliber, whose smart, stylish novels have captivated readers and reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic and earned her a reputation as 'the true heir to the great Ruth Rendell' (Mail on Sunday (UK)). Her latest,The Beautiful Dead, is a riveting narrative centered on a down-on-her-luck journalist and a serial killer desperate for the spotlight.TV crime reporter Eve Singer's career is flagging, but that starts to change when she covers a spate of bizarre murders-each one committed in public and advertised like an art exhibition. When the killer contacts Eve about her coverage of his crimes, she is suddenly on the inside of the biggest murder investigation of the decade. But as the killer becomes increasingly obsessed with her, Eve realizes there's a thin line between inside information and becoming an accomplice to murder-possiblyher own.A seamlessly-plotted thriller that will keep readers breathless until the very end,The Beautiful Dead cements Belinda Bauer's reputation as a master of heart-stopping suspense. 'Belinda Bauer is a marvel. Her novels are almost indecently gripping and enjoyable.'-Sophie Hannah,New York Times bestselling author ofThe Monogram Murders andWoman with a SecretBelinda Bauer is an award-winning British crime writer of the highest caliber, whose smart, stylish novels have captivated readers and reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic and earned her a reputation as 'the true heir to the great Ruth Rendell' (Mail on Sunday (UK)). Her latest,The Beautiful Dead, is a riveting narrative centered on a down-on-her-luck journalist and a serial killer desperate for the spotlight.TV crime reporter Eve Singer's career is flagging, but that starts to change when she covers a spate of bizarre murders-each one committed in public and advertised like an art exhibition. When the killer contacts Eve about her coverage of his crimes, she is suddenly on the inside of the biggest murder investigation of the decade. But as the killer becomes increasingly obsessed with her, Eve realizes there's a thin line between inside information and becoming an accomplice to murder-possiblyher own.A seamlessly-plotted thriller that will keep readers breathless until the very end,The Beautiful Dead cements Belinda Bauer's reputation as a master of heart-stopping suspense.
Belinda Bauer is the author of seven award-winning novels that have been translated into twenty-one languages.The Beautiful Dead is her fifth novel to be published in North America. She won the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger Award for Crime Novel of the Year forBlacklands, the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year ...
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Title:The Beautiful DeadFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.14 inPublished:January 13, 2017Publisher:Grove/AtlanticLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant crime thriller. Tension-filled and fast paced. When you read a lot of thrillers like I do, reading that a book features a serial killer is almost to be expected. However, if you think THIS novel is just another serial killer novel, you would be sadly underestimating it. It was written by Belinda Bauer – therefore it is brilliant! Eve Singer is twenty-nine years old and makes her living off of other’s people’s traumas. She is a television journalist working what her colleagues call the ‘meat beat’. Accidents and murders are standard fare, the bloodier the better. That’s what the viewers crave. She is ambitious, but at what cost? As if her working life wasn’t enough to jade her perspective, her home life would do it for sure. She lives with her Dad who is in his mid-fifties and suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s. She has a carer to sit with him whilst she is at work, but evenings and weekends are all on her. It is an arduous, soul-wrenching, and thankless endeavor. He seldom knows who she is. Because of her circumstances, Eve is a loner. She doesn’t want anyone to know just how dismal her life has become. Not even her work partner, her cameraman, knows the true extent of her misery and disheartenment. Three years his elder, she is quite fond of Joe, but won’t open herself up to him thinking she is too old and jaded for him. Eve’s next door neighbour is an odd old duck. Mr. Elias is a widower who keeps his property and environs in a fastidious manner. He has always seemed disapproving to Eve – who imagines him to be a ‘dirty old man’. He is not. Lonely and misunderstood, he cleans the neighbourhood red phone box, making it the pride of the street. He made me think of ‘Norris Cole’ on Coronation Street. He will prove to be a valuable ally for Eve. The story, which takes place in the weeks leading up to Christmas, goes back and forth from Eve’s point of view to that of the ‘killer’. He is a tragic and twisted figure to be sure. When he was just a child he had a serious surgery. Hearing a grown-up comment that he was living on ‘borrowed time‘, he took the comment literally. Now, in his perverse brain, he believes that by killing other people he will live longer. He anticipates the death of others believing that their time that is cut short will be added on to his time. When Eve covers one of his crimes he notices her – and follows her home! Terrified, as only a woman alone on a street at night can be when she hears footsteps behind her, Eve does the unexpected. She turns around, confronts him, and asks him to walk her home. The killer is so taken aback that someone actually trusts him, he spares Eve’s life. Then he feels that they are connected in some way – that she understands his needs. He makes Eve privy to his plans, the result of which she witnesses a grisly killing in a busy London underground station. William Stafford Vandenberg lives alone in a mansion flat. Empty now because he has either sold or burned all of its contents. ‘Psycho‘-like, his mother lies in a bed upstairs. She has been dead for years… His crimes escalate. Each time he kills someone he gives advance warning in the form of a ‘flyer’. This fact is discovered by Eve, who gives the information to the police. When Eve’s life is threatened, the police supply her with a bodyguard. What a joke she thinks! Her ‘bodyguard’ is a five-foot tall, one hundred pound woman! But, Emily Aguda is a force to be reckoned with – as Eve soon finds out. The fact that people underestimate Emily Aguda is in fact her greatest strength. The novel is fast paced throughout, but the final chapters whiz by as the tension ratchets up even more. When Eve’s father is threatened and abducted by Vandenberg, she tries to take back control of her life – to her peril. I thoroughly enjoyed “The beautiful dead“. Bauer’s writing is of high caliber and her pacing and characterization is top notch. Highly recommended to all who love suspense fiction.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant writing! A fast-paced, tension-filled thriller. When you read a lot of thrillers like I do, reading that a book features a serial killer is almost to be expected. However, if you think THIS novel is just another serial killer novel, you would be sadly underestimating it. It was written by Belinda Bauer – therefore it is brilliant! Eve Singer is twenty-nine years old and makes her living off of other’s people’s traumas. She is a television journalist working what her colleagues call the ‘meat beat’. Accidents and murders are standard fare, the bloodier the better. That’s what the viewers crave. She is ambitious, but at what cost? As if her working life wasn’t enough to jade her perspective, her home life would do it for sure. She lives with her Dad who is in his mid-fifties and suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s. She has a carer to sit with him whilst she is at work, but evenings and weekends are all on her. It is an arduous, soul-wrenching, and thankless endeavor. He seldom knows who she is. Because of her circumstances, Eve is a loner. She doesn’t want anyone to know just how dismal her life has become. Not even her work partner, her cameraman, knows the true extent of her misery and disheartenment. Three years his elder, she is quite fond of Joe, but won’t open herself up to him thinking she is too old and jaded for him. Eve’s next door neighbour is an odd old duck. Mr. Elias is a widower who keeps his property and environs in a fastidious manner. He has always seemed disapproving to Eve – who imagines him to be a ‘dirty old man’. He is not. Lonely and misunderstood, he cleans the neighbourhood red phone box, making it the pride of the street. He made me think of ‘Norris Cole’ on Coronation Street. He will prove to be a valuable ally for Eve. The story, which takes place in the weeks leading up to Christmas, goes back and forth from Eve’s point of view to that of the ‘killer’. He is a tragic and twisted figure to be sure. When he was just a child he had a serious surgery. Hearing a grown-up comment that he was living on ‘borrowed time‘, he took the comment literally. Now, in his perverse brain, he believes that by killing other people he will live longer. He anticipates the death of others believing that their time that is cut short will be added on to his time. When Eve covers one of his crimes he notices her – and follows her home! Terrified, as only a woman alone on a street at night can be when she hears footsteps behind her, Eve does the unexpected. She turns around, confronts him, and asks him to walk her home. The killer is so taken aback that someone actually trusts him, he spares Eve’s life. Then he feels that they are connected in some way – that she understands his needs. He makes Eve privy to his plans, the result of which she witnesses a grisly killing in a busy London underground station. William Stafford Vandenberg lives alone in a mansion flat. Empty now because he has either sold or burned all of its contents. ‘Psycho‘-like, his mother lies in a bed upstairs. She has been dead for years… His crimes escalate. Each time he kills someone he gives advance warning in the form of a ‘flyer’. This fact is discovered by Eve, who gives the information to the police. When Eve’s life is threatened, the police supply her with a bodyguard. What a joke she thinks! Her ‘bodyguard’ is a five-foot tall, one hundred pound woman! But, Emily Aguda is a force to be reckoned with – as Eve soon finds out. The fact that people underestimate Emily Aguda is in fact her greatest strength. The novel is fast paced throughout, but the final chapters whiz by as the tension ratchets up even more. When Eve’s father is threatened and abducted by Vandenberg, she tries to take back control of her life – to her peril. I thoroughly enjoyed “The beautiful dead“. Bauer’s writing is of high caliber and her pacing and characterization is top notch. Highly recommended to all who love suspense fiction.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fans of fast-paced, crime fiction will love! Eve Singer, a TV crime reporter, makes her living off of death; the more grisly, the better. When a rampant serial killer contacts her, to help “advertise” his “exhibitions”, Eve finds herself in a catch 22. Although she welcomes the opportunity to be the first at each gory crime scene, she soon realizes the killer has developed an obsession other than murder. Her. The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer is an action packed, unputdownable, dark thriller. I was completely enthralled by the story; continuously compelled to keep reading. Once I began, I couldn’t stop and finished this one in a matter of hours. Since I have been reading so many books with red herrings, and lots of twists, this novel was a nice change of pace; we are privy to the killer from the beginning and instead of wondering “whodunit”, we are brought on a journey as the killer masterfully manipulates and evades law enforcement and Eve becomes his puppet. The novel has a killer opening scene (pun intended!), as we are introduced to a woman fighting for her life and a killer amused by this game of cat and mouse. Cut to Eve Singer, who shows up the crime scene to report on the macabre incident, and ends up getting wrapped up with the perpetrator. He calls her and asks her to report on his next “exhibition”. The rest of the novel becomes a landslide of fast paced action and on the edge of your seat moments. The novel is narrated in an extremely unique way; throughout each chapter, we are offered narration from all different characters. From Eve Singer, members of the police force, the killer, and even, his victims, we are privy to the unfolding story in multiple perspectives. I loved this! Not only are we able to see the dark moments but through this narrative style, we are also able to read a budding romance and some humor. Eve Singer is an extremely likable lead; I am a huge fan of a narrative with a strong female protagonist and Eve Singer is about as “take charge” as they come. In fact, I loved the characters in this novel. I found that even the secondary characters were relatable and intriguing. And the characterization from the killer? CREEPY! From his relationship with his mother to his thought process surrounding art; the moments where he narrated were spine tingling. He gave me the same vibe that Kevin Spacy did in Se7en. This was my first experience with a Belinda Bauer novel and this certainly will not be my last; I would recommend this novel to all fans of fast-paced, crime fiction. If I were you, I’d pick it up ASAP! I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads. Thanks to Grove Atlantic publishing and Belinda Bauer for my copy; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.
Date published: 2017-01-06

Editorial Reviews

Praise forThe Beautiful Dead:If any writer is worthy of comparison with the master [Thomas Harris], it's the formidably talented Brit Belinda Bauer . . . She has shown a plucky willingness to take the crime novel into completely unexpected territory, and a sure-fire grasp of how to unsettle the reader." - Barry Forshaw,Financial Times (UK)"Bauer adds a lot of nice touches to make Eve an intriguing character . . . A consistently entertaining read." - Chris Chan,Strand Magazine"Bauer's novel unfolds like an episode ofCriminal Minds, with rapid-fire plotting . . . Her likable heroine and oddly enjoyable humorous tone . . . keep you turning the pages." - Ruth Kinane,Entertainment Weekly (Online)"Excellent tension." - The Times (UK)"With truly macabre moments, great characters and suffused with dark humor . . . this wintery chiller is a fantastic take on the serial killer thriller." - Sunday Mirror (UK)"Incredible. Just incredible. Belinda Bauer is a genius." - Claire Mackintosh, author ofI Let You Go"This is one exclusive that Eve Singer, an attractive iWitness News crime reporter, doesn't want, in this taut thriller from British author Bauer . . . Readers will root for Bauer's spunky heroine on this suspenseful slay ride through a snow-globe London." - Publishers Weekly"The Beautiful Dead will keep you up all night." - Shari Lapena, author ofThe Couple Next Door"Bauer paints her murderous tales with all the deftness of an old master . . . Bauer's victims are so beautifully illuminated by her unique form of literary chiaroscuro that you sense their fears oozing off the page . . . This increasingly taut thriller is page-clawing material that could make an edge-of-the-seat television drama or big-screen blockbuster, with its gripping climax coming as a surprise and a departure from her previous denouements." - Stuart Winter,Daily Express (UK) (5/5 Stars)"Belinda Bauer is probably Britain's most original crime writer . . . A novel as stylish as it is fast-paced . . . Almost unbearable tension . . . Rich in humanity and horror." - Crime Scene (UK)"Readers who like police procedurals with a snarky, jaded onlooker on the side will enjoy this thriller, which is something between Tana French and Karin Slaughter and will work for readers who stay up late reading either of those authors." - Henrietta Thornton-Verma,Booklist"Over half a dozen novels, Belinda Bauer has staked a claim to the gruesome, spectacular and bizarre . . . Trademark ingenuity." - Sunday Times (UK)"A taut, psychological thriller . . . This intense, compelling novel from British author Bauer is filled with dark humor and is sure to satisfy fans of Tami Hoag and Karin Slaughter." - Nanci Milone Hill,Library Journal"