The Shimmer

The Shimmer

by Carsten Stroud


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How do you hunt a serial killer who can go back in time to make sure you were never born?

A high-speed police chase kicks Sergeant Jack Redding of the Florida Highway Patrol and his new trainee, Julie Karras, into a shoot-out that ends with one teenage girl dead, another in cuffs and the driver of the SUV fleeing into the Intracoastal Waterway. Redding stays on the hunt, driven by the trace memory that he knows that running woman—and he does, because his grandfather, a cop in Jacksonville, was hunting the same woman in 1957.

Redding and his partner, Pandora Jansson, pursue a seductive serial killer who can ride The Shimmer across decades. The trail cuts from modern-day Jacksonville to Mafia-ruled St. Augustine in 1957, then to the pre—World War I French Quarter of New Orleans. The stakes turn brutal when Redding, whose wife and child died in a crash the previous Christmas Eve, faces a terrible choice: help his grandfather catch the killer, or change time itself and try to save his wife and child.

The Shimmer is a unique thriller that will stay with you long after its utterly unforeseen yet perfectly diabolical ending.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778331223
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 626,183
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Carsten Stroud is the author of Cuba Strait, Black Water Transit, the award-winning Sniper's Moon, and other novels. His nonfiction titles include Deadly Force; Iron Bravo, chosen for the US Army's recommended reading list; and the New York Times bestseller Close Pursuit. He lives on the shores of Lake Huron.

Joe Hempel, best known for his rich narrations, has entertained listeners with over 100 audiobooks in genres ranging from horror and mystery to science fiction, romance, and personal development.

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The Shimmer 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this one - it combines two of my favorite plot ideas - a hunt for a serial killer and time travel. And while time travel books fascinate me, they’re also tricky. They can get really convoluted and confusing, and as Carsten Stroud points out in his notes at the end of The Shimmer, the author has to decide what his/her rules of time travel are, and then stick to them. At one point I thought he'd broken one of his rules, but sure enough when I went back and checked, he'd stuck with the rule he'd established. The time travel wasn’t difficult to keep track of, the characters were interesting, the descriptions of the Florida coast created an excellent sense of place and time. This type of book probably isn’t for those who need their books to be grounded in reality as we know it, but for me, it kept me interested and reading far into the night. Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin/MIRA for providing a copy for an unbiased review.