[Free Audiobooks] Stalking the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco & Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [YA Historical Horror Thriller & 19th C German Classic Play]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of dubious partnerships with morally suspect entities, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 20th.

  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, read by Nicola Barber, from Hachette Audio. A Victorian-era YA historical thriller with horror elements and f/m romantic elements, starring an a high society lord’s daughter who secretly studies forensic medicine in her uncle’s laboratory alongside his apprentice, and finds herself on the trail of a serial killer.

  • Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, performed by a full cast including veteran actor Derek Jacobi, from Naxos Audiobooks. T he 19th century German classic play based on the even older legend of a man who is tempted to sell his soul to a devil for power and pleasure, which he begins to regret upon falling in love.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 20th, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] Ragdoll by Daniel Cole [Police Procedural Serial Killer Thriller]

Ragdoll by British author Daniel Cole is the 1st novel in the Ragdoll series of police procedural serial killer thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Orion’s Trapeze imprint.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The series is set in London and alternates between cases pursued by a former Detective, William Fawkes, who wavers between returning to the force or being disgraced from it, and his former partner, DCI Emily Baxter, who is still an active police detective.

This installment sees the two of them reuniting to tackle the case of the the titular serial killer, who has already created a frankencorpse of six victims stitched together, and threatens to create another from a list of upcoming victims given to the media which the detectives must rush to save even as the world is watching.

Offered in UK, Europe, South America & Japan and selected other countries worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak [Psychological Suspense Thriller]

Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak, an award-winning romance novelist, is the 1st novel in the Evelyn Talbot series of psychological suspense thrillers with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline’s Eternal imprint.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The series is set in Alaska, starring a psychiatrist in charge of a mental institution specializing in treating dangerous offenders.

This story features the past returning to haunt her, as the discovery of a mutilated body in her hometown brings back horrific memories of her then-teenaged boyfriend, a psychopathic torturer who disappeared before he could be caught.

Offered in UK and selected regions worldwide including Europe, South America and Japan (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] The Shift by George Foy [Award-Nominated Satirical Sci-Fi Crime Thriller]

The Shift by George Foy, a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in literature and known for his pseudonymous genre-bending literary-flavoured works, is the 1st novel in the Shift sequence of futuristic science fiction mystery/crime thrillers with dystopian satire elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1996 by Bantam Books and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award.

The story is a cyberpunk-flavoured murder mystery technothriller set in a satirically dystopian near future, starring a television writer who draws inspiration for his scripts from a virtual reality simulation of an alternate 19th century New York where he plays the role of a cop chasing a deadly historical serial killer, who becomes even deadlier when he seems to escape from the program into the modern real world.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden [Romantic Suspense]

Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden is the 1st novel in the Dead Wrong series of f/m contemporary romantic suspense with strong thriller elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline’s Eternal imprint.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The series is apparently heavy on the suspense (half of them are also billed as serial killer thrillers) and tend to be second chance reunion romances, starring persons with trust issues who’ve run afoul of terrible crimes deal with the other party who seemingly betrayed them and now becomes key to their protection, as new dangers target them.

This one stars a woman desperately trying to prove the innocence of her brother, who was arrested by her ex on charges of murder, thereby putting herself in the way of the sadistic killer in his latest case, who may have done the deed instead.

Offered in the UK and selected other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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