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An unidentified female body is brought into the Los Angeles County morgue. The cause of death is still unclear. Her body bares no marks; except for the fact that her most intimate parts have been stitched shut. But what shocks the pathologist the most is that the killer had left something inside her. Something so monstrous Detective Robert Hunter, of the Los Angeles Homici An unidentified female body is brought into the Los Angeles County morgue. The cause of death is still unclear. Her body bares no marks; except for the fact that her most intimate parts have been stitched shut. But what shocks the pathologist the most is that the killer had left something inside her. Something so monstrous Detective Robert Hunter, of the Los Angeles Homicide Special Section, has to be pulled off a different case to take over the investigation. Within days a new body surfaces. Like the previous victim, she's also been stitched shut and something has been left inside her. Something as ingenious as it is grotesque. And the killer isn't done yet, not by a long shot. When his inquiry collides with a missing persons' case being investigated by the attractive, razor-sharp Whitney Meyers, Hunter suspects the killer might be keeping several women hostage. Soon Robert finds himself on the hunt for a murderer who is much more monstrous than he ever could have expected; a predator whose past hides a terrible secret, and who won't stop until each of his victims has brought forth the awful truth


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An unidentified female body is brought into the Los Angeles County morgue. The cause of death is still unclear. Her body bares no marks; except for the fact that her most intimate parts have been stitched shut. But what shocks the pathologist the most is that the killer had left something inside her. Something so monstrous Detective Robert Hunter, of the Los Angeles Homici An unidentified female body is brought into the Los Angeles County morgue. The cause of death is still unclear. Her body bares no marks; except for the fact that her most intimate parts have been stitched shut. But what shocks the pathologist the most is that the killer had left something inside her. Something so monstrous Detective Robert Hunter, of the Los Angeles Homicide Special Section, has to be pulled off a different case to take over the investigation. Within days a new body surfaces. Like the previous victim, she's also been stitched shut and something has been left inside her. Something as ingenious as it is grotesque. And the killer isn't done yet, not by a long shot. When his inquiry collides with a missing persons' case being investigated by the attractive, razor-sharp Whitney Meyers, Hunter suspects the killer might be keeping several women hostage. Soon Robert finds himself on the hunt for a murderer who is much more monstrous than he ever could have expected; a predator whose past hides a terrible secret, and who won't stop until each of his victims has brought forth the awful truth

30 review for The Night Stalker

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I am a huge fan of Chris Carter & the Robert Hunter series I don't know how you all feel but The Night Stalker the 3rd in the series is a brilliantly written novel that Carter takes you into the darkest & Macabre side of a serial killer, he gets you right in from the get go although reading this you do need a strong stomach. A woman's body is found in a butchers shop brutally murdered her lips stitched & female organ's also Detective Robert Hunter & his partner Detective Carlos Garcia are brought I am a huge fan of Chris Carter & the Robert Hunter series I don't know how you all feel but The Night Stalker the 3rd in the series is a brilliantly written novel that Carter takes you into the darkest & Macabre side of a serial killer, he gets you right in from the get go although reading this you do need a strong stomach. A woman's body is found in a butchers shop brutally murdered her lips stitched & female organ's also Detective Robert Hunter & his partner Detective Carlos Garcia are brought into solve the case the body is taken to the medical examiners office for an autopsy as the body is examined the ME cuts open the body horrified to find a bomb inside her then stitched back up. Hunter & Garcia cannot work out what the killer is telling them the deeper they go they find another woman dead, the motive is the same stitched up & this time the medical examiner found a knife in the women's body, Hunter & Garcia felt a pattern emerging & this time the killer left a message He's INSIDE YOU!!! what this means they don't know. Commander Barbara Blake is brought in to help with the case when they dig further into the identity of the girls they find that all of them are artists of some sort, another body is found but the calling card has changed then Commander Blake disappears this time Hunter will stop at nothing until he finds her what happens from here on is a cat & mouse game between the perp & Hunter. This was a fabulous read & keeps you in suspense right till the end.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Carter’s third thriller is sure to send chills down the reader’s spine. When a woman is discovered in a filthy run down shop with her mouth and genitals sewn shut, Detectives Hunter and Garcia begin an investigation to find the sadistic killer. What is the rationale behind the stitching and why choose this particular woman? After discovering that the killer also inserted something inside the victim, the case truly hits a dead end, as there is no semblance of reasoning behind any of it. Hunter be Carter’s third thriller is sure to send chills down the reader’s spine. When a woman is discovered in a filthy run down shop with her mouth and genitals sewn shut, Detectives Hunter and Garcia begin an investigation to find the sadistic killer. What is the rationale behind the stitching and why choose this particular woman? After discovering that the killer also inserted something inside the victim, the case truly hits a dead end, as there is no semblance of reasoning behind any of it. Hunter begins his psychological analysis, bound and determined to solve the case before too many women fall victim to this fate, as more bodies emerge, stitched and filled with a horrible surprise. Garcia scrambles to make sense of the killings from a procedural standpoint and uses the missing persons’ database to set a timeline the killer might be following. Using the impetus of an accidental slaying that hits him close to home, Hunter begins seeing similarities and may have found the killer’s weakness. With some help from a private investigator, Hunter begins to draw closer to the killer, but it might be too late to save all those around him. Explosive down to the final chapter, Carter pulls the reader in and, in his trademark style, shocks them in ways few authors can. Having devoured three Carter novels, I can see some strong and interesting themes throughout. With great attention to detail and thoroughly engaging dialogue, Carter draws the reader in, even with gruesome detail, and forces the reader to spiral deeper into the story until it’s too late to turn back. Short, tantalising chapters make for a ‘just one more chapter’ promise that’s broken as soon as it’s made and leaves readers flipping pages long into the night, if only to discover who could be behind these horrible murders. Great plots and interesting themes permeate the pages of this thriller and push Carter into a league of his own. Kudos, Mr. Carter on another stellar piece of work. I cannot wait to see what other horrors you care to unleash upon your fans.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Petra

    4.5 stars. Best one of the series so far! Great storyline. Really appreciated that Hunter wasn't quite as perfect as in the previous ones. 4.5 stars. Best one of the series so far! Great storyline. Really appreciated that Hunter wasn't quite as perfect as in the previous ones.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Supratim

    This is the first time that I read a book by Chris Carter. I had come across the book in my library and the blurb and a little research in Goodreads made me give this book a try. The book starts with the autopsy of a woman's body. I have read quite a few psycho-thriller novels with piles of brutalized corpses but what was done here was so perverse, so deranged. More shocking facts are revealed and tragedy keeps striking again and again. Enters Det. Robert Hunter - nice surname by the way!!! - of This is the first time that I read a book by Chris Carter. I had come across the book in my library and the blurb and a little research in Goodreads made me give this book a try. The book starts with the autopsy of a woman's body. I have read quite a few psycho-thriller novels with piles of brutalized corpses but what was done here was so perverse, so deranged. More shocking facts are revealed and tragedy keeps striking again and again. Enters Det. Robert Hunter - nice surname by the way!!! - of a special unit investigating violent crimes. Like most detectives in literature he also experienced some personal tragedies which scarred his psyche, but unlike some of them he did not seek refuge and solace in the bottle though. I like my psycho-thrillers to have an atmosphere of tension, excitement, fear and if there is terror then I simply love it. The author did try to create a similar atmosphere from the very beginning but I felt that somehow he was unable to maintain it. I liked how the investigation was carried out - investigation is after all a painstaking process of analyzing facts, interviewing or interrogating people, lying in wait -- mostly using your brains and testing your patience. The author did try in this respect. The obligatory and somewhat preedictable attempt at misdirection was also there. I also liked the character of Whitney Myers and the factors that led her to become what she later became. I don't want to include any spoilers in case you ever give it a try. The writing was not exceptional or anything but I did want to turn the pages. The end was satisfying but could been better. Again, I refrain from revealing anything. I am always on the lookout for exploring the works of different authors but the problem is thriller writers are dime a dozen and hundreds of books are out there in the market - all of which are not worth your time. I am glad that I gave this novel a try. It did provide me some entertainment and look forward to reading some more books by the author. I would rate it as 3.5 but had to round it off to 4. As for recommendations, if you don't mind some "gruesomeness" then you might want to give it a try.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine Southern

    5 stars ***** Super stuff from the master, as always!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    4.5/5***** The third story of the series is the best one yet but in the end I felt the conclusion was a bit abruptly written when the identity of the killer was revealed. Maybe because he wasn't mentioned much during the progress of the story I even forgot when I encountered him. In all other aspects I enjoyed reading this story. It was scary enough, fast paced and intriguing. I liked the fact that in this investigation Hunter and an private investigator join forces when they cross paths and the 4.5/5***** The third story of the series is the best one yet but in the end I felt the conclusion was a bit abruptly written when the identity of the killer was revealed. Maybe because he wasn't mentioned much during the progress of the story I even forgot when I encountered him. In all other aspects I enjoyed reading this story. It was scary enough, fast paced and intriguing. I liked the fact that in this investigation Hunter and an private investigator join forces when they cross paths and the chemistry between them was enjoyable. As always the partnership between Hunter and Garcia is one of the best parts of the book even though this time mentions to the private lives of the duo was reduced to the minimum I can't say I missed it though. The night stalker starts with a shocking event and the twists don't end until the last page that makes it a pretty great read to me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kylie🐾

    Blurb “An unidentifiable body - it’s mouth carefully stitched shut - is discovered laid out on a slab in an abandoned butcher’s shop. When the full autopsy gets underway at the Los Angeles County morgue the true horror of the situation is revealed - a discovery so devastating that Detective Robert Hunter of the Los Angeles Homicide Special Section has to be pulled off a different case to take over the investigation. Soon Hunter finds himself on the hunt for a murder with a warped obsession, a sta Blurb “An unidentifiable body - it’s mouth carefully stitched shut - is discovered laid out on a slab in an abandoned butcher’s shop. When the full autopsy gets underway at the Los Angeles County morgue the true horror of the situation is revealed - a discovery so devastating that Detective Robert Hunter of the Los Angeles Homicide Special Section has to be pulled off a different case to take over the investigation. Soon Hunter finds himself on the hunt for a murder with a warped obsession, a stalker for whom love becomes hate. Where do I even begin with this one!! I always thought Stephen King was the best horror/ thriller suspense writer and now I realise that I was wrong... Chris Carter should take that place now. I still love SK’s work but chris’ books are underrated. * please note I’m still working on perfecting my viewers so this one many be tame in comparison to most of the reviews on this book* This is the first book I’ve read of Chris and it happened to be a book in the Robert Hunter thriller series. I know I will be reading the entire lot and buying them. This is the first book that I’ve actually had to keep putting down due to the fact I was shocked, impressed (with getting my theories right), disturbed or needing a minute. If you are looking for a suspense thriller that you can’t even read as night because it’s too intense then this is for you!! The writing is brilliantly written and specific wording (for me) is what gives off the fear and chills. Before I wanted to study animal care I liked the idea of being a Homicide detective or CSI, now I’m glad I’m not because I have nothing but respect for the men and women that have that profession. No therapist in the world could help with the horrors they must see and they have more courage and guts than most. I used my love of crime books and tv shows to try and guess who the killer was but it didn’t hit me until like chapter eighty / eighty five. I don’t want to give anything away as I may give some of the spoilers away and I don’t want to as it’s a book that you should read knowing nothing about it. There are ⚠️trigger warnings ⚠️but it’s mostly triggers that are spoken of, some actually happen and that’s murder, abuse (at least makes you think at first), self harm, kidnap, physiological damage of a child and body mutilation. If anybody has been in a situation like any of the events in this book then it may not be for you. About they author 🖊 📚 Chris Carter studied Psychology and criminal behaviour at the University of Michigan. As a member of the Michigan state District Attorney’s criminal psychology team, he interviewed and studied many criminals, including serial and multiple homicide offenders with life imprisonment convictions. He also was guitarist in many rock bands across Los Angeles in the early 1990s

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marty Fried

    OK, so if you are the type of person who sits around drinking single-malt scotch and thinking about the most brutal ways to kill somebody, painfully and shockingly, then you might enjoy this book. Or if you'd rather think about catching the person who does this sort of thing, you may also enjoy this. Either way, the book gets right on with it pretty early on, and continues a few times just in case once was not enough. You might think putting a bomb inside a victim, then blowing her up during the OK, so if you are the type of person who sits around drinking single-malt scotch and thinking about the most brutal ways to kill somebody, painfully and shockingly, then you might enjoy this book. Or if you'd rather think about catching the person who does this sort of thing, you may also enjoy this. Either way, the book gets right on with it pretty early on, and continues a few times just in case once was not enough. You might think putting a bomb inside a victim, then blowing her up during the autopsy killing a few good people would be bad enough, but that's only the beginning. This story brings new meaning to the word "stalker." All I can say is if I ever get blown up by a bomb inside of me, I know I'd want to have Robert Hunter going after my killer. But reading about it is much more enjoyable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Book Addict Shaun

    Having read hundreds of crime books over the years, I find a lot of them now to be boring and predictable and try to mix up my reading by reading other genres. I have also become pretty desensitized to much of what goes on in crime fiction stories which is pretty bad when you consider how terrible some of them can be. That said this is my fourth Chris Carter book (not including the short story) and I can safely say his books are not boring, they are not predictable and they certainly contain sce Having read hundreds of crime books over the years, I find a lot of them now to be boring and predictable and try to mix up my reading by reading other genres. I have also become pretty desensitized to much of what goes on in crime fiction stories which is pretty bad when you consider how terrible some of them can be. That said this is my fourth Chris Carter book (not including the short story) and I can safely say his books are not boring, they are not predictable and they certainly contain scenes of violence that nobody could ever become desensitized to. Chris Carter is without a doubt one of the best writers in crime fiction today. Quite a sweeping statement but one that I feel is the truth. In a genre like crime fiction there are so many authors to choose from, but only a small percentage of them write stories which are worth reading. Even the old school authors can't seem to write readable books anymore. All too often they rely on the shock factor, or OTT storylines. One such author in particular is like this and their books seem to sell by the bucket load. I don't keep track of sales figures but Carter's books should surely be somewhere near the top. I challenge any crime fiction fan to reccommend me an author better than Chris (and only ones who wrote their first book in the last 10 years). Chris never fails to come up with the absolute worst ways for his characters to die and, it sounds awful to say, but it does make for one hell of an enjoyable read. You find yourself squirming at the scenes but not being able to stop reading. I started Chris's books with One By One which was pretty horrific (and not entirely original) but it seems his earlier work is where he was his most gruesome. As for the main character Robert Hunter, I like him and he is probably now one of my favourite fictional detectives however he is portrayed as some kind of genius, a child prodigy whose university thesis is mandatory reading for FBI trainees. It usually annoys me having a perfect detective who can solve every crime however it doesn't here because I feel that Hunter is actually quite a realistic and believable character despite this 'perfectness'. The short chapters mean that this is a hard book to put down. 'One more chapter' more often than not turned into 20 more chapters and before I knew it the book was over. Once again Carter tells a gripping story and it was nice that the person that saved the day wasn't necessarily the person you would expect it to be. Series crime fiction is my favourite crime fiction because you get to know the characters and feel like they are your friends, which means it is always a shock when major characters are killed off early in the book. Usually when a main character finds themselves in danger I don't really care because you know they will survive in the end but Carter strikes me as the type of author that wouldn't necessarily follow this unwritten rule and I wouldn't be surprised if other main characters are killed off in future books. Overall this was another fantastic read and I am only gutted that I have one more book left to read in the series. I only hope the wait for the next one isn't too long.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    If you love a good a good 'get in there' psychological thriller, then this is definitely the one for you.This book gives it all in spades. Why hasn't Chris Carter got more recognition for his works? These books are amazing but definitely NOT for the faint hearted. Even though the content was intense and full of non stop action, it was an easy to read book and could be read quite quickly. I loved the way each chapter ended with a little tease to make you want to turn the page straight away.It did ke If you love a good a good 'get in there' psychological thriller, then this is definitely the one for you.This book gives it all in spades. Why hasn't Chris Carter got more recognition for his works? These books are amazing but definitely NOT for the faint hearted. Even though the content was intense and full of non stop action, it was an easy to read book and could be read quite quickly. I loved the way each chapter ended with a little tease to make you want to turn the page straight away.It did keep me up at night, not the content as such but the lure of the short teasing chapters. It is evident throughout that Chris's career as a criminal psychologist played a huge part in this book. I did work out who 'The Night Stalker' was before detective Hunter but it was so cleverly written and full of intrigue, detail and twists that it didn't feel 'ended' just because I figured out who it was.It still had me hooked and wanting to know more and was, if I'm honest, gutted I'd finished this exciting book. This book is number 3.I will definitely be reading more and will be adding this one to my favourites.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    I found another installment of the Robert Hunter books by Chris Carter (non- X-files person, which has been remarked upon probably way too many time so once more does not matter at all). I am still catching up with the books of this writer so I am not reading them in sequence. But the last one I read was the most recent release by Carter which was somewhat dissatisfying and now I read the third in the series which was another kettle of fish altogether. The gruesomeness of the acts the perpetrato I found another installment of the Robert Hunter books by Chris Carter (non- X-files person, which has been remarked upon probably way too many time so once more does not matter at all). I am still catching up with the books of this writer so I am not reading them in sequence. But the last one I read was the most recent release by Carter which was somewhat dissatisfying and now I read the third in the series which was another kettle of fish altogether. The gruesomeness of the acts the perpetrators conflict on their victims seems to be a calling card for the writer Carter, which makes you wonder where these ideas come from and about the mental health of the writer. This book does not disappoint at all and it delivers the expected gruesomeness and the really smart plot for Hunter & Garcia to figure out. The various layers used in the story come together at the end of the book which feels like a formula 1 race in the last laps. It keeps you reading. Once again Chris Carter shows you how to write a fascinating story with an interesting twist and story while thrilling his readers as well. The book has very short chapters, a similar choice by James Patterson, does give the story a lighter feel and makes for easy and quick reading. This series is really entertaining, so what does that say about me psychologically?, and well worth you time. However do not binge read this series it might not be the healthiest of ideas when you look upon the subject: serial killer.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mark Harrison

    Blood thirsty crime fest novel as a depraved killer sews up women's faces and inserts various things in them to cause horrendous suffering. Hunter investigates and lots of people die. Decent addition to series but his portrayal of women is starting to bother me. Blood thirsty crime fest novel as a depraved killer sews up women's faces and inserts various things in them to cause horrendous suffering. Hunter investigates and lots of people die. Decent addition to series but his portrayal of women is starting to bother me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    Dark Depraved Ghoulish Brutal Tense Dark Depraved Ghoulish Brutal Tense

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patrizia

    Toll 👍🏼

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patrícia Braz

    3.7 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    I love this series! this book started with a bang and never let up! so good!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gerry

    I went into town on a sunny but cold day last week. The sunshine was so tempting that I thought I would spend half an hour or so on the Promenade and enjoy the rays. However, when I do that (and it is often in the summer) I always have a book with me; on this occasion, because I was not expecting to visit the Prom, I did not have one. I therefore went back to the nearby shops and looked for one to purchase. The only one that took my eye, because I knew my daughter loved Chris Carter, was 'The Ni I went into town on a sunny but cold day last week. The sunshine was so tempting that I thought I would spend half an hour or so on the Promenade and enjoy the rays. However, when I do that (and it is often in the summer) I always have a book with me; on this occasion, because I was not expecting to visit the Prom, I did not have one. I therefore went back to the nearby shops and looked for one to purchase. The only one that took my eye, because I knew my daughter loved Chris Carter, was 'The Night Stalker'. I knew from my discussions with Debz that Chris Carter wrote the modern day gritty, gory type of thriller, a genre that I do not usually read. However, in the absence of anything else that took my fancy, I duly purchased it. And, having done so I have not regretted the decision. 'The Night Stalker' has 115 chapters, again something that I am not used to, but everyone of them is full of tension and each one ends with the reader on edge and wondering what on earth is going to happen next. Consequently the tension builds throughout the book to an absorbing and most appropriate climax. Robert Hunter is the lead detective in the case and, with his sidekick Carlos Garcia, he finds himself at a murder scene where the modus operandi of the perpetrator is somewhat bizarre. So bizarre indeed that it leads to two more deaths when the autopsy begins. Hunter, Garcia and the whole of the LAPD are horrified. Investigations begin but are going nowhere in particular when another body is found with the same MO; once more horrific. Hunter quickly realises that he is looking for a serial killer and with the nod from his lady Captain he follows various leads that highlight that the two victims had similar backgrounds. Consequently Hunter immerses himself in their world so as to gain more information about their background, life styles and friends or enemies. Still very little emerges but when a third victim is discovered, once again with the same MO and the victim from a similar background as the other two, Hunter and Garcia suddenly find they have a little more evidence to go on. In addition, another lady has gone missing and her details are added to the case. They persist in their enquiries and, as the chapters flit seamlessly from one scene to another, from one character to another, and back again, Hunter has the germ of an idea and is obliged to leave Los Angeles to follow it up. Interviews with residents of the other neighbourhood put more flesh on the bones for Hunter and on his return to LA he is convinced that he knows who the killer is, after already almost being convinced about it being someone else, who turns out to be quite innocent. He manages to track down his suspect and after speaking on the telephone meets up with him in a most thrilling finale in a derelict building where he not only, eventually overcomes his adversary but also finds the other missing lady. 'The Night Stalker' is certainly a page turner and is definitely not one for the squeamish reader and, as one critic stated, 'You will not be able to stop until you have finished.' It certainly opened a new genre for me to consider reading in the future, especially when the author is Chris Carter.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lady*M

    4.5 stars The one thing I appreciate about any author is ability to learn and improve with every book. It seems to me that Chris Carter is one of those authors. From the awkward first book (especially in terms of language and pretty jarring omniscient POV), in every way better The Executioner to, finally The Night Stalker - each book was better than the last. Things that were better: - Robert Hunter is finally a human being. While he is still exceptional investigator of ultra violent (UV) crimes, 4.5 stars The one thing I appreciate about any author is ability to learn and improve with every book. It seems to me that Chris Carter is one of those authors. From the awkward first book (especially in terms of language and pretty jarring omniscient POV), in every way better The Executioner to, finally The Night Stalker - each book was better than the last. Things that were better: - Robert Hunter is finally a human being. While he is still exceptional investigator of ultra violent (UV) crimes, he has the right match in Garcia and Whitney Myers. He gets frustrated, case weights on his mind. Not to mention that his ass was handed to him at the end of the novel and he had to be saved by someone else. His character has more depth now as we learn more about his traumas and longings. I hope that this will continue as the series progresses. - The secondary characters were better developed. Garcia, who was cartoonishly clueless in the first novel (which was ridiculous even for a rookie), evolved into competent investigator that is a very good match for Robert. Captain Blake still needs some work, in my opinion, but she certainly proved she is a cop. - The writing is, again, smoother and dialogue more natural. While omniscient POV will never be my favorite, Carter learned not to juggle it around too much - I wasn't pulled out of the story even once, something that happened too many times to count in the first book. Things that were as good as before: - The case - think about how many books about serial killers is out there. It's an accomplishment to make the case interesting and Carter did that. Once again, this is not for the faint of the heart - be prepared. - The police work is a hard work and the frustration is very big part of it. Carter made that obvious. Things that still could be better: - Robert Hunter still needs more depth. Who is he out of his job? What are his dreams? Fears? Hopes? He has to be more than a cop. I would like to see that. In the end: I enjoyed The Night Stalker very much. It's pure entertainment for mystery/thriller fans and it keeps the series on the right track. I'm looking for more Robert Hunter books. Well done.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brini

    I'm officially a fan of Chris Carter's book series now. I like his style of writing and can't wait for the next book. The stitching thing reminded me of the Kiss-me-not killer from the Women's Murder Club TV series based on James Patterson's book series but with Chris Carter's books there are finally thriller books in which I get surprised at the end and hadn't already guessed the murderer. The third book seemed to be a little harmless in comparison to the first two books but yet again I was hoo I'm officially a fan of Chris Carter's book series now. I like his style of writing and can't wait for the next book. The stitching thing reminded me of the Kiss-me-not killer from the Women's Murder Club TV series based on James Patterson's book series but with Chris Carter's books there are finally thriller books in which I get surprised at the end and hadn't already guessed the murderer. The third book seemed to be a little harmless in comparison to the first two books but yet again I was hooked and it only needed a little more time to fully expand its (sick) story. Still, there is something different with the third book I can't point my finger at... Then there is the title thing... I sometimes wonder what the publishers are thinking while entitling a book - German publishers, of course. The Night Stalker seems like a perfect title and I know it might not be easy to translate it into German and still let it sound great, but seriously "Der Knochenbrecher"? I can't remember that someone even touched a bone in the whole book, so why did they name it bone breaker (Knochenbrecher)?! Typical German thing.... I hope.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brenda H

    The Night Stalker is the 3rd book in the Robert Hunter series by Chris Carter. This series is definitely not for the faint of heart. Detective Robert Hunter and his partner, Detective Carlos Garcia, are members of the Los Angeles Homicide Special Section. The crimes that they investigate are the most heinous, sadistic of murders and often those of serial killers. In this story, a woman’s body has been discovered. It is unclear as to how she died as the body has no marks but her most intimate part The Night Stalker is the 3rd book in the Robert Hunter series by Chris Carter. This series is definitely not for the faint of heart. Detective Robert Hunter and his partner, Detective Carlos Garcia, are members of the Los Angeles Homicide Special Section. The crimes that they investigate are the most heinous, sadistic of murders and often those of serial killers. In this story, a woman’s body has been discovered. It is unclear as to how she died as the body has no marks but her most intimate parts have been stitched shut…to hold what the killer has put inside the body. More bodies turn up with similar MOs and the race is on to stop the killer before he kills again. Though gruesome, these books are well-written and very suspenseful. The two detectives are great as are some of the supporting characters. This wasn’t as good as the first two books in the series but this is definitely a series I’m interested in continuing. Rating: 3.5 stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Luffy

    I have little feeling for The Night Stalker. The best thing about it is that I understood most of what was written. These type of thrillers are quite rudimentary in terms of detecting skills. The saving grace about The Night Stalker is that there is a surprise or three about the case. I can understand how people can rate this book a perfect five. I hate to rate any book a 3, but this one fits the bill. I'm undernourished from reading this harmless but trivial story. I knew before writing this r I have little feeling for The Night Stalker. The best thing about it is that I understood most of what was written. These type of thrillers are quite rudimentary in terms of detecting skills. The saving grace about The Night Stalker is that there is a surprise or three about the case. I can understand how people can rate this book a perfect five. I hate to rate any book a 3, but this one fits the bill. I'm undernourished from reading this harmless but trivial story. I knew before writing this review that it wouldn't be my best. Wished I had this sort of foresight before committing to read this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Fenton

    Book 3 in the Robert Hunter series is another tense and gruesome story with a very sick and twisted serial killer.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sasa aka Sasko

    What a dark,twisted and creepy creative imagination Chris Carter has! I'm chilled to the bone and shook by this devious and sinister story. Binge reading the next one in the series. What a dark,twisted and creepy creative imagination Chris Carter has! I'm chilled to the bone and shook by this devious and sinister story. Binge reading the next one in the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jodie (whatjodiereads)

    Another great read from Chris Carter! And I did not expect that twist! Again I loved reading about Hunter and Garcia, and I’ll definitely be reading the next book soon. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nels

    A great crime novel.🔍🔍

  26. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    After picking up the first in the Robert Hunter series and thoroughly enjoying it I went ahead and picked up the rest in the series, finishing them in next to no time at all. Chris Carter is one of those authors capable of writing a truly gripping story. Each Robert Hunter story is better than the last, keeping you gripped throughout. Each story is more shocking than the last, filled with twists and turns that you very rarely see coming. There are one or two moments of predictability here and the After picking up the first in the Robert Hunter series and thoroughly enjoying it I went ahead and picked up the rest in the series, finishing them in next to no time at all. Chris Carter is one of those authors capable of writing a truly gripping story. Each Robert Hunter story is better than the last, keeping you gripped throughout. Each story is more shocking than the last, filled with twists and turns that you very rarely see coming. There are one or two moments of predictability here and there, yet such a thing is nothing compared to most of the crime thriller books that you will find on the market. If you’re a fan of the genre I highly recommend picking up a Chris Carter book. It is for the best if you read the series in order however it is not necessary. Each book can be tackled as a standalone, should such be your wish. Should you decide to read it as a standalone, however, you will soon want to read to rest (of that I am sure). Also, just as a point, you should know that this is another ‘just one more chapter’ book. With the short chapters and shocking storyline you’ll be finished before you know it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sulaf Farhat

    Too many cliches and unnecessary cliffhangers, and some really corny dialogue! But it was still interesting enough to keep me reading. 2.5 stars

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nina Walton

    Absolutely brilliant Once again I was blown away from page 1. Excellent writer . think I'm hooked. Great characters. Not for the squeamish. Just how i like my books. Absolutely brilliant Once again I was blown away from page 1. Excellent writer . think I'm hooked. Great characters. Not for the squeamish. Just how i like my books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura LlamaDragon

    Chris Carter has once again produced a book full of murders that are seriously messed up, which is exactly what I have come to look for in these books. This book got off to an amazing start with the action happening and gaining momentum within the first three pages. So that was that, I was instantaneously hooked in this story. It progressed in its usual manner with Robert Hunter trying to work out the killers’ motive and understand why these murders were so brutal. Often in this book the detectiv Chris Carter has once again produced a book full of murders that are seriously messed up, which is exactly what I have come to look for in these books. This book got off to an amazing start with the action happening and gaining momentum within the first three pages. So that was that, I was instantaneously hooked in this story. It progressed in its usual manner with Robert Hunter trying to work out the killers’ motive and understand why these murders were so brutal. Often in this book the detectives uncover something that is clearly crucial to the case but it is not revealed to the reader straight away, or characters are introduced in seemingly random chapters that don’t fit with the previous chapters but fall perfectly into place later on. This book also introduced a couple more interesting female characters, I feel this is important to note as the first book was very much a boy’s club. The female characters in these books are brilliant, often very high in their respective careers and able to compete easily with Hunter who has been repeatedly highly rated as extremely intelligent, an excellent detective and an incredible able fighter. As the first book was so dominantly male I appreciate that more female characters have been introduced that are on an equal level with the male characters. The plot itself was great, though maybe a little dragged out. While I definitely enjoyed this book, it didn’t pack quite the same punch as the previous two in the series, The Crucifix Killer and The Executioner. However, I am pleased that I was unable to guess the culprit behind the terrible crimes which made the reveal more satisfying. Parts of the ending felt a little repetitive of the previous books though which did ruin it a little, hopefully the next book will mix things up a bit more.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jane Long

    Really enjoyed this book. Not read one of his before, but will look out for him in future. Loved the characters especially the main one. Without giving anything away, this book is not for the faint hearted, or squeamish person. Usually you have heard it all before or read it all before, but this one was unique in the way they died!!!!!!!!! Go on, read it, you know you want to. lol.

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