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Your time is up... Emily Parker is missing, kidnapped from a car park in broad daylight and the police are clueless as to her whereabouts.The only man her family can turn to for help is retired FBI profiler John Geary. But Geary suspects she's been taken by a serial killer who targets mothers. Every seven years he strikes, enacting a gruesome ritual. And Geary knows thaYour time is up...Emily Parker is missing, kidnapped from a car park in broad daylight and the police are clueless as to her whereabouts.The only man her family can turn to for help is retired FBI profiler John Geary. But Geary suspects she's been taken by a serial killer who targets mothers. Every seven years he strikes, enacting a gruesome ritual. And Geary knows that there's much worse to come....Emily has five days left. Five days of waiting. Five days of hell. Five days before the killer returns for her son......

Title : five days to die
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ISBN : 19468224
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Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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five days to die Reviews

  • Connie
    2019-04-13 22:52

    The ending was a surprise but not justified.

  • Krystal
    2019-04-07 19:38

    This was really good. When you think you knew who the bad guy was you were proven wrong. Emily, wife and mother of 3 heads to the grocery store. And doesn't come back. Will, the husband finds himself in the worst possible nightmare once he finds out about his wife. The story is told over a period of 5 days and every chapter , leaves you yearning for more. The only thing I was a bit off on was the ending. But even then, I still liked the ending. If you like crime, suspense and a good story telling, this is for you !

  • Heather
    2019-03-27 18:31

    Mother disappears while on a grocery shopping errand. Involves dad, grandma, two children and some unlikely cops. Keeps you turning the pages, but the grandmother was a little too stupid for my taste.

  • Bad Girl Bex
    2019-03-31 17:35

    Actually this was pretty good. Started it assuming I wouldn't like it or care about the woman in it (can't say I really thought much about her at all anyway) but none of that mattered really. This book was mostly about guys. The guys in the missing woman's life - her husband and two sons (grandma was a dull old bag, daughter just a whiny baby), the police officers and FBI agents and the perp (who I did actually have pegged). Sure there's a female cop helping to drive the investigation, but all I remember about her is that she was a brunette if Portuguese descent. Otherwise typical boring chick.But the pacing was well mapped out...possibly using a well-trodden, plot-by-numbers formula, to lead the reader from beginning to denouement in the tried and tested steps we've come to expect from crime fiction.Nothing particularly inventive, unique or mold-breaking, but an easy to read, well executed piece of crime-fiction fluff. Good escapist nonsense, but nothing to really dwell upon.

  • Edward Melendez
    2019-03-23 23:59

    Ich weiß nicht, ob ich es nicht so gut gefunden habe, weil ich lerne Deutsch gerade (aber ich habe fast alle verstanden) oder weil das Buch nicht ausgezeichnet ist.Ich meine, es ist gut aber nicht so gut. Das Ende war eine Überraschung. Trotzdem war das Rest des Buches nur eben, flach.Kaum Spannung, keine Angst vor dem Täter als ich gelesen habe. Keine Ahnung, vielleicht war nur ich, vielleicht ist das Buch.

  • Scarlett Haymore
    2019-04-07 16:43

    This book was awesome!!!!

  • Gloria Feit
    2019-04-19 21:42

    The events in the book take place, as the title implies, over a five-day period. As it opens, on September 3, 2001 [and that specific date is significant], Emily Parker, a young wife and mother, has left her children - - a one-year- old girl and two boys, ages seven and eleven - - with her mother to run a small shopping errand. She never returns from that chore, and there is no clue as to what has happened to her. Vacationing in Cape Cod, the family had been scheduled to return to New York City the following day. Her husband and mother are stunned by her disappearance, and the police are immediately called in. The following day, her car is found in the parking lot of the market, the rotting groceries inside the vehicle.The case is assigned to Detective Al Snow and a relative rookie, Amy Cardoza. In addition, joining the investigation is John Geary, former special agent and head [and one of the founders] of the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI, now retired after 30 years with that agency. When Emily’s disappearance is first reported, Geary was at the station working, in a basement office, on a book about cold cases he had worked, with the assistance of a man he had consulted with over the years, a renowned criminologist. Together they launch a manhunt, determined to find the woman and her abductor before things escalate.As to the aforementioned significance of that date: Dr. Geary, among his cold cases, is immediately caught by one with unavoidable similarities, wherein over the span of several years six women have each been abducted on the 3rd of September, each one exactly seven years after the preceding one. Moreover, each was the mother of a boy between six and eight years of age, and each of those boys was abducted on precisely the fifth day following his mother’s disappearance, each ultimately found after having been gruesomely tortured and killed. The pattern was inescapable. They the crimes have been disparate geographically, they are convinced this is a work of a serial killer, and their time is fast running out.Geary is a fascinating creation: beyond middle age, his appearance is described as a “state of overwrought, rumpled antagonism.” So too is Amy, a half-Portuguese woman overcoming the prejudices that come with that as well as her rookie status, but with great intelligence and instincts. The two work together and gain mutual respect in the process. The novel is filled with nail-chewing, breath-holding suspense, and is recommended.

  • Dori
    2019-04-09 22:30

    It isn't very often that I read a book that I have to put down and walk away from in order to collect myself emotionally before continuing to read it. However, with this book, I found myself only able to read about 15 pages before having to set it aside and go kiss, love and squeeze every single one of my children--and yes that includes the dog! LOL. I'm not sure what it was about this book that made me feel this way, it isn't as though I've never read books that follow this same basic plot line. I think it was the idea of knowing I have two boys of my own, and that I could have easily substituted them for Sammie and David in this story.As a mother, I can't imagine anything more horrible, more devastating than wanting to prevent harm from coming to your child and for your brain to scream and command your body do something...and your body just be physically incapable of doing it. As much as the book tortured me as a parent, it also intrigued me as a reader and I found myself in a constant battle of wanting to know how it ended and not wanting to read what had to happen to get to the end. There were scenes in which my heart raced, my hands were clammy and I almost forgot to breathe! I was in serious need of a hug upon finishing this! I also enjoyed the twist at the end of the story. Some have said they figured it out from the beginning and weren't surprised at all...but I didn't. Perhaps that makes me slow and counter-intuitive;but I think I was so wrapped up in the emotion of Emily and the boys that I almost forgot there was an actual "who dunnit" part to the story. So, as much as I loved it, why 4 stars and not 5? Well, I wasn't really a fan the grandmother. She was a weak character and honestly, did little to add to the story. Also, I felt as though the author introduced characters and then didn't get back to them for a long time and by the time they showed up again, I'd just about forgotten who they were. This is in specific reference to Daisy and her parents. They played a crucial role in the climax of the story. However, they had a very brief introductory scene and then weren't heard from again until that critical moment in the story when everything begins to come together.All in all though, it is a story that I recommend. If you're a mother though, I advise you to brace yourself and hold on to your heart, because it will rip it out and tear it up! (I'll let you read it and see whether or not it puts it back together again!)

  • Sara Townsend
    2019-03-30 18:49

    On a hot September day in 2001, Emily Parker goes to a grocery store in Cape Cod and never comes home again. Her husband reports her missing, but he feels his pleas are not being taken seriously, with Emily being dismissed as another wife who’s left her husband. Only one man appears to show an interest – retired FBI profiler John Geary. One of Geary’s unsolved cases involved tracking a serial killer, who struck every seven years in September. The killer would always target a mother. First the mother would disappear. Five days later, the mother’s young son would disappear. The mother often turned up again, sometimes dead, sometimes alive but psychologically damaged beyond redemption. The child’s body was never found, apart from a body part, and always a different one. Believing that Emily has been taken by the same killer, Geary knows he only has five days to track the killer before one of her two young sons is taken. This is a well-plotted book, and though it’s probably possible for the particularly astute reader to work out who the killer is from the subtly-placed clues I didn’t, and so the reveal came as an enjoyable twist. The characters are well drawn and realistic. We get an insight into Emily’s life before she became a wife and mother, and what she had to sacrifice for her children, which was a refreshing extra dimension to a character that I initially thought was going to be nothing more than a mother with no life beyond her family. The grief of Emily’s husband Will as his hopes of her returning alive fade with each passing day is well handled, and John Geary comes across as a believable and sympathetic character.Readers should be aware that this book was first released under the title FIVE DAYS IN SUMMER, by Kate Pepper, in 2004.Reprinted with permission of Shots e-zine (

  • Best Crime Books & More
    2019-04-05 20:30

    Katia Lief (also known as Kate Pepper) has written lots of books but I quite enjoyed her book Hide and Seek which was released in 2010. This new stand alone (in the US published under the Title Five Days In Summer) sounded interesting and I was looking forward to reading it. Emily Parker is enjoying time with her three young children and decides to make a quick run top the grocery store. That is the last time her children see her, and pretty soon it becomes clear to her husband Will and mother Sarah that something is wrong.Will ends up turning to a retired FBI profiler John Geary for help in finding her. The start was pretty fast paced with Emily going missing and the reader sees her family’s worst fears become reality. The story was easy to get into and the way it was written was very easy to go along with. However, with the introduction of John Geary, I couldn’t help but feel that this was not going to be a book that stayed on my radar for too long.At around the halfway mark I was certainly reading it quick enough and found myself keen to keep reading. However, some of the characters just lacked something. Maybe I have read too many characters that are unmemorable but it seems that it has to be something very different to stand out from the crowd. Towards the end there were a few plot twists which I enjoyed, although sadly it seemed too obvious a solution to the plot for me. I guessed who the killer was, and the ending therefore was slightly less enjoyable for me.It is certainly a good book, but just not original enough for me to remember it by. I enjoyed the Karin Schaeffer book and look forward to reading another in that series. Otherwise, I would say this was a run of the mill book although enjoyable just not that special!

  • Lauren
    2019-03-27 18:45

    This book had a lot of promise, but fell short of my expectations. Where the writing crackles in one scene (and it really can be excellent), it fizzles in the next, overwrought and inevitably pointless (in terms of plot, that is; paragraphs of detail on the young cop's heritage or the elderly mother's past do not help me solve mysteries). The mystery element of the book, especially the ending, was unsatisfying for me as I felt the reader was hand-fed clues so it was inevitable and still kind of unbelievable. There are inconsistencies with the killer that really frustrated me, but I'll avoid them here so as not to have "spoilers" for other readers. This was a very character driven story and not enough plot for my taste, but some people like that. And that's not to say some of the characters weren't enjoyable (although I started to get worn out by how many there were in the latter half of the book); I enjoyed David's perspective and Will's most of the time. I grew to sincerely dislike Geary, but that's a whole other review. If you like character driven stories and don't mind a mystery you as a reader don't actually solve because its basically solved for you (kind of ridiculously) then you might enjoy. Otherwise, SKIP.

  • Ellen
    2019-03-25 21:51

    This was a mind blowing read. Kate Pepper the author captures you from the first page this is a real talent. The characters were so well written and believable. Emily the mother, her two boys David and Sam and baby daughter Maxi have been holidaying at their gran's a beach house. Now it is time to take the kids home as they will be starting school. Before she goes she decides to pay a call to the supermarket to stock up the groceries. While she is in the supermarket she encounters a strange man who makes her very wary. All she wants to do is return home and be with her wonderful family. She opens the back hatch of her car and her phone rings, after talking to her husband she is returning the phone to her bag when suddenly something is put over her face and everything goes black.Gran is concerned that Emily has not returned and phones her son in law who asks what time did Emily return, Sarah says she didn't.The serial killer in this story is evil and twisted. he doesn't kill the mother, he also abducts the sons of his victims whom he tortures and kills in front of the mothers he has captured. This happens on September 3 every seven years. This is his pattern and Emily falls into it. Incredible story. Highly recommend

  • Siany
    2019-04-06 19:31

    After a lot of thought and trying my best with this one, I admit to defeat and have given up with it.This is just not as gripping as her previous books.I have been reading this for 5 days now and still only 170 pages into it. I unfortunately just can't get into it and cannot get the enthusiam to even pick it up to continue reading.It's very unlike me and I hate to give up on a book but I cannot continue reading when I'm not enjoying it.The story is extremely slow going for my taste and once the kidnapping has happened, not a lot happens afterwards except her family and the police looking for her. I found myself not really being interested in the characters and even the FBI man Dr Geary held no interest for me. The bad guy (if the man they think it is, is indeed the bad guy) wasn't interesting either. Apart from the beginning there was nothing in his perspective and from the kidnap victims' perspective they were only small paragraphs and then was only about water and then a form of karate/judo before fading back into blackness.I love this genre of books and would always continue reading them but not sure if I will read anything from this author again.

  • Christine bonner
    2019-04-01 16:39

    Emily Parker and her 3 children are on a holiday at her Mother's place, While Sarah her mum looks after the children, Emily goes to shop to top up her mums cupboards, she buys some corn but a funny man who she calls the corn man is touching all the corns he is behind her at the checkout and put the corn on in lots of.Emily goes to the car park and put all the shopping in the car. she talks to her Husband Will on the phone and that the last any one see's of her. When she don't come home Will drives down to help find his missing wife,He turns to a retired FBI profiler John Geary, when he starts looking into it he find that a serial killer is out there and that every 7 years he takes a mum and than 5 days later take he son who is 7, the mums turn up dead or drugged right up that there don;t remember any thing the boys only parts of the body every turns up,The race is on to find out who has Emily before it to late, you think you know who the killer is but it has a few twist and turns in it

  • Karschtl
    2019-04-08 21:50

    Sometimes I need a week for a book, not only because I don't have enough time to read but also because a story doesn't interest me that much or it is interesting but strenuous to read. This one here I read in something like 28 hours (so two evenings, a lunch break and even at the breakfast table!) It was a gripping story, one of the kind where you can easily imagine yourself being the victim. That makes it even more creepy! As the story unfolds we're presented with the viewpoints of different characters (but luckily not so often with that if the victim(s), I couldn't stand reading only about their suffering), but of course we don't know the whole picture - otherwise it wouldn't be that captivating, right?The very end was 'solved' a bit too fast, meaning without a detailled explanation about the motive of the killer (there is a short version, yes, but only sketchily) and why he gave clues this time, why it seemed as if he wanted to be caught. Nevertheless a very good read, and I'm glad I already have two more books by this author sitting on my shelves.

  • Kristen
    2019-04-01 23:30

    This is an excellent thriller. It's dark, disturbing, pure psychological and suspenseful. On a typical summer afternoon, Emily Parker disappears in Cape Cod. A madman abducted her. We're warped inside her head as a hostage for the next five days and a search start for her. We see how her family reacts and panics, when they learn about the serial killer. Enter a former FBI profiler, John Geary, and his best friend, Roger Bell to solve the case, while we learn about Emily's family and the people involved who's on her rescue. You'll care for them as I did, while the clock ticked and the countdown begun. Fast-paced for an easy read, this makes you want to hold your breath for a wild ride. And this one will keep you guessing who done it and why. Very deep for an edge of a seat thriller. What a rush!

  • Ashley
    2019-04-08 18:44

    I really wanted to like this book. Truly. That said reading this book was aggravating. I have never just wanted a book to be over before. I'm never one to simply give up and close the covers prior to reaching the end but it was difficult to hold onto that resolve this time. The prologue was promising and had me hooked and anxious to see what was to come. I am sad to report that if you enjoy the prologue, do not expect the rest of the book to follow through. I had a hard time caring about any of the characters and the story was very predictable. I didn't care what happened to the mother or the children which is disappointing since the books premise is good. If there had been a bit more depth this book could have been good.

  • Gracy
    2019-03-19 18:53

    Great start in the beginning, full of suspense and thrill with the race-against-time factor! However, somewhere in between the plot starts to fall apart losing some of its pace and thrill. Characters lack depth, and even the cops and the FBI profiler John Geary could not weave in any magic to keep the suspense elevated in between. It could have been a great cop-killer chase story, but unfortunately it wasn't. Also in between there were some flashbacks of martial art and meditation nonsense happening which was unnecessary. The conclusion left me disappointed and baffled when the cop with whom the whole police team was working turns out to be the deranged killer who kidnapped and killed every seven years.

  • Emily
    2019-04-04 16:49

    This book was not for me, so my review isn't so much about the quality of the book as it is the content. Too violent and too disturbing. Not really the kind of thing I would choose to read for fun (it was a book club selection). I prefer my beach reading to be romantic or funny, not gory and shocking.It's a page-turner for sure, but there were a lot of parts that gave details that were clearly not relevant to the plot (lengthy descriptions of random FBI agents or scenery) that I was too impatient to read. Overall, if you like this kind of thing, you'll probably like the book.

  • Lindsay Allen
    2019-04-10 19:55

    Definitely a page turner! I'm so glad I was recommended this author. As a fan of thrillers and super quick reads, like anything by James Patterson, Katia Lief kept me on edge. I finished this book in 3 evenings, one in particular that kept me up past 2am!Story is solid, ending was an unexpected twist. Started reading this in the spring so it made me look forward to the summer, in a bizarre way. If you like quick, nail-biting reads, this is your book. Just be prepared to be up all night trying to finish it!

  • Lynn
    2019-04-02 18:53

    A young mother is snatched from the parking lot of a Cape Cod supermarket. Police and family have not a single clue as to why or who could have perpetrated the crime. Enter a retired FBI agent and a soon-to-be retired professor/author who have a theory that this kidnapping might be part of a serial killer's plan. Suspenseful, great setting, a nice beach read, which is just what I was looking for.

  • Diana
    2019-04-01 21:34

    After reading the reviews and the prolouge, I figured i'd give this book a shot, and I am glad I did!For me this book was intense! I liked how you get a glimpse into the killers mind. You also get a sense of how close this family is and their background, not just on the family, but the main characters throughout the book as well. This book is a total page turner, intense, and keeps the readers interest. Definitely a book I recommend! I look forward to checking out more books by this author.

  • Laura Turner
    2019-03-22 21:31

    The fourth book in a row by Katia Lief that I have read and I am now disappointed that I have no more by her to read :(What a great thriller!! Unlike her three previous books surrounding Karin Schaeffer, this one focused on Dr John Geary. With an amazing fast paced plot, it was difficult at times to actually take a break from reading and with an unexpected character turning out to be the killer - I can say for the fourth time ... Katia Lief again has not failed!

  • Allison
    2019-04-09 23:38

    I really enjoyed this book. This is the second book I've read by Katia Lief and I've loved both of them. Quick, exciting reads. These are not great works of literature by any means, but they are well writing crime novels that usually keep me up WAY too late at night because I can't wait to find out what happens. I'd highly recommend them to anyone wanting a good, quick read. And many of her books are only $.99 for the Nook at Barnes & Noble, so you can't go wrong. ;)

  • Christi
    2019-03-31 18:41

    I'll admit after reading the first two paragraphs, with the main character held captive pumped full of a muscle inhibitor that paralyzed her but left her fully aware, I put the book down. Too afraid to read more. But luckily (for me at least) the book doesn't spend a lot of time on what happens to Emily beyond that. What unfolds is an excellent book, full of twists and turns and secrets.A good thriller. A super fast read. Excellent if you are on the beach at the Cape.

  • Jen Blood
    2019-04-16 18:38

    Beautifully written, compelling, expertly plotted. Lief's ability to get inside her characters' heads during an incredibly tense and disturbing case means that her readers have a front-row seat through the twists and turns of a mother's abduction by a serial kidnapper/killer. The characters are well-drawn and believable, the pacing is tight, and the plot itself is a nail-biter, to say the least. Highly recommended to anyone who appreciates a well-crafted mystery.

  • Kayleigh Slater
    2019-04-18 15:55

    This thrilling novel was full of suspense and twists at every turn. Right when you think you have things figured out and the killer pinned, the author throws in a new clue for your mind to grasp. The middle was a bit slow, but when the ending comes around, the middle makes more sense and it all comes together smoothly. This was one of my favorite crime novels I have ever read!

  • Cherie Reeves
    2019-03-29 19:33

    another one of my bargain books. I enjoyed this story. A woman is kidnapped after making a quick trip to the grocery store. A retired FBI takes interest in her case, and discovers her captor is a serial killer....not of the mothers, but of the young sons. Fast paced, emotional, roller coaster ride of a book. Boy I wasn't expecting the ending. Fooled me.

  • Sharla
    2019-04-16 16:59

    I actually did like this book, but at the same time it was just too disturbing for me. Maybe because I have four boys, including a 7 year old son, and it was just too horrible to even imagine. If I had known it would be about mothers watching their children be cut apart I would not have read it.

  • Nicolle Franchot
    2019-04-04 21:40

    This book had me torn on several occassions to walk away from it. I had to keep reading to find out what happened next. In the ending chapters, my heart was racing, very anxious, and found myself skipping ahead a few lines because the suspense was overwhelming only to find out my suspected killer was wrong! Great book!