The Vampire Next Door

  • by J.T. Hunter, RJ Parker Publishing
  • Narrated by Rob Shamblin
  • 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John Crutchley seemed to be living the American Dream. Good-looking and blessed with a genius level IQ, he had a prestigious, white-collar job at a prominent government defense contractor, where he held top secret security clearance and handled projects for NASA and the Pentagon. To all outward appearances, he was a hard-working, successful family man with a lavish new house, a devoted wife, and a healthy young son.But, he concealed a hidden side of his personality, a dark secret tied to a hunger for blood and the overriding need to kill. As one of the most prolific serial killers in American history, Crutchley committed at least twelve murders, and possibly nearly three dozen. His IQ elipsed that of Ted Bundy, and his body count may have as well. While he stalked the streets hunting his unsuspecting victims, the residents of a quiet Florida town slept soundly, oblivious to the dark creature in their midst, unaware of the vampire next door.
J.T. Hunter is an attorney with over fourteen years of experience practicing law, including criminal law and appeals, and he has significant training in criminal investigation techniques. He is also a college professor in Florida where his teaching interests focus on the intersection of criminal psychology, law, and literature. This is his debut true crime novel.

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Disturbing, but very interesting.

This is the first audiobook that I have ever listened to. I had it recommended through the Generation Why podcast. As such, I did not truly know what to expect.

The Vampire Next Door is a thrilling story that I found to be profoundly disturbing. The writing is common speak and easy to follow. The narration is unremarkable in either a positive or negative way, which I believe to be exactly what you want.

At times, the story would jump backwards or forwards in time at unexpected places which made it occasionally difficult to reconcile event sequences. For the most part though, the narrative was logical and sequential in a pleasing way.

My biggest gripe with the book is the apparent liberties taken by the author when attempting to record exact conversations between characters where no recording device would have been. Most of these 'conversations' were short, with just a few lasting more than thirty seconds. I felt that they directly took away from the overall credibility of the book. However, it was clear that the content was meticulously researched and as such, the liberties taken had minimal negative impact.

I would recommend this book, though I (and I am sure everyone else) would have preferred a different ending. I will plan to seek out more of the authors writing.
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- Matt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-11-2014
  • Publisher: RJ Parker Publishing Inc.