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Nancy Taylor Rosenberg has constantly been praised for her intense, dramatic suspense, breathing real life and trouble into her action-packed thrillers. Her fourteen years in law enforcement have always given her novels great authenticity, often pulling inspiration from the very cases she has worked. Now comes The Cheater. Returning to her most beloved character, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg has constantly been praised for her intense, dramatic suspense, breathing real life and trouble into her action-packed thrillers. Her fourteen years in law enforcement have always given her novels great authenticity, often pulling inspiration from the very cases she has worked. Now comes The Cheater. Returning to her most beloved character, Lily Forrester, from the New York Times bestsellers Mitigating Circumstances and Buried Evidence, Rosenberg proves once again that she is a master of the suspense thriller, as Forrester finds herself in yet another mix of bizarre circumstances that lead her onto the trail of a vicious criminal mind. Along the way we meet: FBI Agent Mary Stevens—She is tracking a killer who murders husbands who are cheating on their wives, their mutilated bodies disposed of in ghastly ways and strange locations. Bryce Forrester—Lily’s husband—calls her from a Las Vegas jail where he’s been arrested for attempted rape…even though Las Vegas was not on his itinerary. Anne Bradley—Bryce’s accuser, like Lily, is a woman with an eerie past…an enigmatic figure to whom Lily is strangely drawn. The trail leads back to a Web service that provides alibis for cheating spouses and into a thick web of deception that puts both Lily’s and Mary’s lives in jeopardy. Do you know where your husband is?


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Nancy Taylor Rosenberg has constantly been praised for her intense, dramatic suspense, breathing real life and trouble into her action-packed thrillers. Her fourteen years in law enforcement have always given her novels great authenticity, often pulling inspiration from the very cases she has worked. Now comes The Cheater. Returning to her most beloved character, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg has constantly been praised for her intense, dramatic suspense, breathing real life and trouble into her action-packed thrillers. Her fourteen years in law enforcement have always given her novels great authenticity, often pulling inspiration from the very cases she has worked. Now comes The Cheater. Returning to her most beloved character, Lily Forrester, from the New York Times bestsellers Mitigating Circumstances and Buried Evidence, Rosenberg proves once again that she is a master of the suspense thriller, as Forrester finds herself in yet another mix of bizarre circumstances that lead her onto the trail of a vicious criminal mind. Along the way we meet: FBI Agent Mary Stevens—She is tracking a killer who murders husbands who are cheating on their wives, their mutilated bodies disposed of in ghastly ways and strange locations. Bryce Forrester—Lily’s husband—calls her from a Las Vegas jail where he’s been arrested for attempted rape…even though Las Vegas was not on his itinerary. Anne Bradley—Bryce’s accuser, like Lily, is a woman with an eerie past…an enigmatic figure to whom Lily is strangely drawn. The trail leads back to a Web service that provides alibis for cheating spouses and into a thick web of deception that puts both Lily’s and Mary’s lives in jeopardy. Do you know where your husband is?

30 review for The Cheater

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Dreadful. One of the least sympathetic main characters I've run into lately. Lots of stupid, inexplicable behavior and events.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda B

    Sigh, this was a book that seemed to drag on. Recommended by a friend as an excellent mystery but it was revelling early on. Nasty woman that went about luring wondering married men into her liar to kill them for their adulterous ways. Even the main character was not very interesting. Might be why it took me almost 2 weeks to get through.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Started reading My Lost Daughter and then realized that I had missed reading The Cheater, which features the same characters. So, I went back and read this one first so I was up to date on the characters. Interestingly some of the same descriptions and flashbacks are identical in each book. Rosenberg doesn't even try use different words to describe the settings or events....just reprints them from each book. I shouldn't complain though, at least she makes an effort to bring you back up to speed Started reading My Lost Daughter and then realized that I had missed reading The Cheater, which features the same characters. So, I went back and read this one first so I was up to date on the characters. Interestingly some of the same descriptions and flashbacks are identical in each book. Rosenberg doesn't even try use different words to describe the settings or events....just reprints them from each book. I shouldn't complain though, at least she makes an effort to bring you back up to speed on the characters so you really could read one without the other. I don't think you will find another fictional character judge (the main character Lily) so morally and emotionally conflicted. She is co-dependent on men, women, whatever meets her needs and keeps her from being on her own, and at times I thought her personal decisions to be immature. I wish Rosenberg would have resolved the case in the courtroom about the little boy who was murdered by his parents who overdosed him on bipolar medicine and ritalin. I like Lily better as a judge, presiding over her cases, then reading about her personal mess of a life. Now I am going to go back and finish My Lost Daughter.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    In the third installment of the Lily Forester legal thriller series, The Cheater was a terrific new legal thriller from Nancy Taylor Rosenberg. Lily Forrester returned years later as the judge, who dealt with a new husband, an estranged daughter, and two new cases, when a serial killer made her family a target. To start things off, her new husband called her from a Las Vegas jail cell and was charged with attempted rape. Meanwhile, FBI Mary Stevens tracked down a serial killer who target cheati In the third installment of the Lily Forester legal thriller series, The Cheater was a terrific new legal thriller from Nancy Taylor Rosenberg. Lily Forrester returned years later as the judge, who dealt with a new husband, an estranged daughter, and two new cases, when a serial killer made her family a target. To start things off, her new husband called her from a Las Vegas jail cell and was charged with attempted rape. Meanwhile, FBI Mary Stevens tracked down a serial killer who target cheating husbands. It all lead to a web service who listed cheated husbands, placing Lily and Mary as potential targets for the serial killer. Plenty of twists and turns with a bit of romance and lots of high-paced action. A must read for all NTR fans.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    I grabbed this book for a quick, light read over the holidays and was very disappointed. I was not expecting a riveting mystery but I was expecting much more than I was given. The plot was predictable and the main character, Lily Forrester was horrible. This was one of the few books I've read where I could not stand the protagonist. She was nasty and self-centered. I was almost cheering for the killer, she at least was honest. I see on Goodreads that Rosenberg has written other Lily Forrester bo I grabbed this book for a quick, light read over the holidays and was very disappointed. I was not expecting a riveting mystery but I was expecting much more than I was given. The plot was predictable and the main character, Lily Forrester was horrible. This was one of the few books I've read where I could not stand the protagonist. She was nasty and self-centered. I was almost cheering for the killer, she at least was honest. I see on Goodreads that Rosenberg has written other Lily Forrester books and I expect they were better as she made it to the third one in the series. If you are not a Lily Forrester fan, I would give this book a miss, you won't be missing out on anything. Sorry.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Lily Forrester is back and now she is a judge. Still in Ventura, and newly appointed, Lily is still haunted by the double rape of herself and daughter Shana. It has been 10 years, and Lily's re-married to a real piece of work. Oh, and there is a female serial killer who only kills cheating men. Her new target? Lily's husband. Don't and won't spoil it. Just what you expect from Rosenberg, and every bit is a delight.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I usually don't write reviews. My opinion is just my opinion and I've figured out that what I like is not always to others taste and vice versa. However, when something is so annoyingly bad, I sometimes feel the need to comment. With that preface out of the way I also want to say that the plot for this book was good, an interesting serial killer variation. However, and that is a BIG however, the characters were universally unlikable and really didn't hang together psychologically. This book was I usually don't write reviews. My opinion is just my opinion and I've figured out that what I like is not always to others taste and vice versa. However, when something is so annoyingly bad, I sometimes feel the need to comment. With that preface out of the way I also want to say that the plot for this book was good, an interesting serial killer variation. However, and that is a BIG however, the characters were universally unlikable and really didn't hang together psychologically. This book was painful to read as all the characters were so distasteful. I think the serial killer was probably the most compelling person in the book! I'm not sure why I kept reading. I guess I wondered if at some point one of them might "develop" but no. They all continued to be whiny, self centered people. I guess it's kind of like Seinfeld. I never got how anyone could stand to watch that show either.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Walker

    This is supposed to be the 3rd or 4th book starring reader's fav character, Lily Forrester. I find it hard to believe anyone could like this woman. She's an idiot, her husbands a scumbag, and her daughter's a spoiled, arrogant brat. Almost makes you want to root for the serial killer. Plus, Lily is a judge and you'd think a judge would be smart, right? And you would be wrong. By the end of the book, I didn't want any of the characters, except the FBI agent, to live. The writing style is rambling This is supposed to be the 3rd or 4th book starring reader's fav character, Lily Forrester. I find it hard to believe anyone could like this woman. She's an idiot, her husbands a scumbag, and her daughter's a spoiled, arrogant brat. Almost makes you want to root for the serial killer. Plus, Lily is a judge and you'd think a judge would be smart, right? And you would be wrong. By the end of the book, I didn't want any of the characters, except the FBI agent, to live. The writing style is rambling with many inconsistencies, and not particularly engaging. I had to struggle to finish it which reinforces my belief that if a book hasn't gripped you by page 50 at the most, give it up and go on to the next one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Echo Heron

    Possibly the worst book I've read in a long time. Apparently there were no editors of any kind involved. Conflicting information, repeated information, plot mistakes, etc. At one section in the book a character is so tall as to be noticable, yet, later, same character is described as small, then, later as 5'5". The plot is improbable, not to mention rambling. There are so many absurd and impossible coincidences as to be laughable. Confusing, jumbled storylines that simly make no sense...rambling Possibly the worst book I've read in a long time. Apparently there were no editors of any kind involved. Conflicting information, repeated information, plot mistakes, etc. At one section in the book a character is so tall as to be noticable, yet, later, same character is described as small, then, later as 5'5". The plot is improbable, not to mention rambling. There are so many absurd and impossible coincidences as to be laughable. Confusing, jumbled storylines that simly make no sense...rambling apparently just to fulfill word count. I'd give it a minus rating if I could. The publisher must have been on a tight deadline-no self-respecting editor would allow a mess like this to go into print.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Ashenbrenner

    Silly book. The best character is the serial killer! Lily is horrible, self-centered, annoying (maybe I should be a lesbian), and obviously cannot be without a relationship for one minute. Mary is only slightly better--meets Brooks and falls in love immediately and starts planning relocation (including their mothers moving in together). Who wrote these characters, a teenage girl? I can't believe I wasted my time on this drivel!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Trish Ruthven

    Yuck. I hate putting a book down until I've read the entire thing, but reading this one to the bitter end was a week or so of my life that I will never get back. The plot had promise, but that is the only thing remotely good about this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Camilla

    Oof. Don't just pick up murder mystery stories at random. This book was not great for me. There was a man who used to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the author had him say some really baffling things that were not even remotely true about the church. There was a protagonist who is herself a murderer, so it was hard to back her when her life became embroiled in another murderer's plot. It was a little confusing who we were meant to root for and the story was mostly Oof. Don't just pick up murder mystery stories at random. This book was not great for me. There was a man who used to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the author had him say some really baffling things that were not even remotely true about the church. There was a protagonist who is herself a murderer, so it was hard to back her when her life became embroiled in another murderer's plot. It was a little confusing who we were meant to root for and the story was mostly just really, really depressing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This was another of those, "I borrowed this thinking it was the first book, because it was the 'first' book available from the library, but it's not." That taken into account, I found this entertaining and intriguing. It has a full range of female characters (murder, judge, friend, mother, daughter), and I nearly always enjoy a novel in which the killer is female, because, not only is it different, but it often provides the opportunity to explore different psychology.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carol Whetzel

    Interesting premise, but it tried too hard to be a romance novel in addition to a thriller. Those two generally don't mix too well.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Smith

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The ending was very disappointing. Like she had to go somewhere in a hurry so it just ended.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melody Todd

    Loved it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lori Tidler hugley

    Spent to much time referencing previous events from series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    Terrible. What a convoluted and unbelievable story. All characters stupid and unlikeable and behavior so unrealistic.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Villegas

    A good mystery but I don’t enjoy knowing the killer early on. Despite that, there were great plot twists to get us through to the end.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laurel-Rain

    This fast-paced suspense thriller introduces the reader to a Superior Court Judge, an FBI agent, and a serial killer. Lily Forrester has been a judge for a short time, but she comes with a tangled history, including one as a victim—along with her young daughter—of a violent rape. Other events from that troubled period in her life are secrets she cannot reveal to anyone—secrets that could completely ruin her new life. Meanwhile, a serial killer is targeting wealthy men who cheat. Once they are kill This fast-paced suspense thriller introduces the reader to a Superior Court Judge, an FBI agent, and a serial killer. Lily Forrester has been a judge for a short time, but she comes with a tangled history, including one as a victim—along with her young daughter—of a violent rape. Other events from that troubled period in her life are secrets she cannot reveal to anyone—secrets that could completely ruin her new life. Meanwhile, a serial killer is targeting wealthy men who cheat. Once they are killed, they are dismembered and scattered far from the kill sites. An FBI Agent, Mary Stevens, is on the case, and what she begins to uncover is chilling and provocative; her path will soon intersect with that of Judge Forrester. Bryce Connelly is Lily Forrester’s husband, who travels a lot, drinks too much, and is apparently about to engage in an illicit liaison with a woman named Anne Bradley. But there is much more to that story, as well. "The Cheater" was so riveting that I literally could not put it down. Waking up in the middle of the night to read, I was rapidly turning pages to the exciting conclusion. Nancy Taylor Rosenberg’s books are all so compelling, that I knew I would love this one. I was not disappointed. Each character was fully dimensional and finely drawn, and the plot was carefully constructed so as to maximize the suspense, as it deftly alternated between the perspectives of each major character. The author is clearly versed in legal matters, with her background in law enforcement and probation. This book definitely earned five stars, in my opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelly R

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I picked up this book because I'm a sucker for suspense/mystery/crime stories. I enjoyed reading it, it was fun, fast-paced-yet-long-enough-to-suit-my-love-of-long-stories, and a bit suspenseful. I felt a few times that the main character was too loosely tied into the plot. It does work however, as far as plots go. Here is the ten-second summary: Judge Lily is traumatized by a rape in her past, she is now a judge. Her marriage is strained. A cop gets put on the case of a serial killer who leaves be I picked up this book because I'm a sucker for suspense/mystery/crime stories. I enjoyed reading it, it was fun, fast-paced-yet-long-enough-to-suit-my-love-of-long-stories, and a bit suspenseful. I felt a few times that the main character was too loosely tied into the plot. It does work however, as far as plots go. Here is the ten-second summary: Judge Lily is traumatized by a rape in her past, she is now a judge. Her marriage is strained. A cop gets put on the case of a serial killer who leaves behind absolutely no trail (all the victims show up as missing persons). Lily's husband gets targeted by the serial killer. It goes wrong and the killer cries rape. Lily, because of her own past, can't stand her husband anymore. The killer tries to get close to Lily, but when Lily is asked to sign a search warrant to catch the killer, she realizes who the identity of the killer is. The killer gets shot in self-defense. The end.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    I found "The Cheater" to be an incredibly satisfying read - - with the exception of the ending. It was quick and easy to get into and the basic storyline was believable - - a serial killer who targets cheating men. The main character, Judge Lily Forrester, is traumatized herself by an assault in her past, and an unsatisfying marriage. What should she do when her husband calls from jail, having been arrested for attempted rape by a woman he left town to meet on the sly? My only complaint with "Th I found "The Cheater" to be an incredibly satisfying read - - with the exception of the ending. It was quick and easy to get into and the basic storyline was believable - - a serial killer who targets cheating men. The main character, Judge Lily Forrester, is traumatized herself by an assault in her past, and an unsatisfying marriage. What should she do when her husband calls from jail, having been arrested for attempted rape by a woman he left town to meet on the sly? My only complaint with "The Cheater" is the ending was much too rushed, without what I consider a fulfilling resolution with the major characters. Otherwise, I plan on checking out Nancy Taylor Rosenberg's other books.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed reading this, but there were some serious flaws. There are excerpts from a previous book. Why? Most of her readers have probably already read the earlier books. This seems self-serving and lazy, IMO. What are the odds that an FBI profiler investigating a serial killer is from the same town as the judge who is the main character? The main character is so *desperate* for company. Once she learns her husband was cheating on her, she gravitates between lesbianism (which she's never mentioned I enjoyed reading this, but there were some serious flaws. There are excerpts from a previous book. Why? Most of her readers have probably already read the earlier books. This seems self-serving and lazy, IMO. What are the odds that an FBI profiler investigating a serial killer is from the same town as the judge who is the main character? The main character is so *desperate* for company. Once she learns her husband was cheating on her, she gravitates between lesbianism (which she's never mentioned before) and another guy. Kind of unstable and unlikely. I think the most interesting part involved the FBI profiler and the alibi service. Lily's character has really gone downhill from some of the earlier books. I really did not enjoy her story at all.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a good FBI thriller. Judge Lily Forrester and her very young daughter are raped. A woman who was left out in the bitter cold, as a child, and abandoned by her father becomes a serial killer. The woman lures unfaithful husbands to her and kills them and then chops up the body and buries the head and hands separately from the rest of the body. It starts with an "alibi club."

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    I thought this was an excellent read! The perspectives from both sides (the killer & the different groups trying to find the killer) made this a little more interesting to read. I usually like to try to figure out who the "bad guy" is but this story let me know that & I still couldn't put the book down until it was finished. I thought this was an excellent read! The perspectives from both sides (the killer & the different groups trying to find the killer) made this a little more interesting to read. I usually like to try to figure out who the "bad guy" is but this story let me know that & I still couldn't put the book down until it was finished.

  26. 4 out of 5

    tammytery

    Disappointing Story I was very disappointed with this story. This was the first book I've read by this author, and I won't be reading any more adventures staring Lily Forrester. She was a spoiled, self- centered , un likeable character..The ending was rushed and very contrived.By the end of the story, I was rooting for the killer to get away.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Lily Forrester is unbelievable as a judge. She is the most pathetic main character I have ever had the displeasure to read about. She is reminiscent of Bella in Twilight, dependent on men to save her! If it wasn't for the other characters I wouldn't have finished the book. The story is predictable with no really likeable characters. Don't waste the time to read it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I found I put this book down over and over, instead of reading it non-stop. The plot line was solid, but the characters were too unbelievable in how they acted and spoke. I just did not care for how nice and neat the ending was handed over either. Like the author, not this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    This may be the worst book I've read this year. It operates from the "What If" scenario of writing. There is a one line plot and the rest of the pages are filled in when the author thinks "What if....."

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joan Horkey

    Pretty good story line but the writing was disconnected. Several times I was confused by seemingly unrelated items appeared in the same paragraph. There was only one likeable character in the whole book: the FBI agent, Mary.

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