This book is so many things -- a science-gone-wrong story, a whodunit, a thriller, a personal drama. It starts off being a story about a doctor who violates his own ethics in an attempt to find his daughter's killer in the future...As such, it's not bad. The characters and their dilemmas are real and compelling. Still, you wonder -- how is he going to keep this going for the entire book? But THEN! The plot twists and turns and gets better and better and better. With all the pieces coming together perfectly -- and totally unexpectedly. I don't always like Scott Brick as a reader, but he is pitch perfect here. Giving it drama without being melodramatic.
The only reason I took one star off in the "overall" rating was because the first fourth or so of the book, while good, was not up to the last three quarters. Still, if you're looking for roller coaster entertainment, I most definitely recommend this novel.
A mystery built more on character development than on the plot itself. And, while some of the relationships seem a tad too pat (the divorced couple that gets along like few married couples do, for example), overall I thought it was extremely entertaining. Quite frankly, I had a hard time putting it down and was sorry when it was over.
As others have said, there is a feud between two towns, a murder, and the ex-wife calls her husband (the main character) when their daughter is arrested as the #1 suspect. At first, it seems like an open and shut case...except our guy starts uncovering layer upon layer of deceit. By the end, I was quite glad i did not live in a small town!
I thought the narrator was excellent. Yes, he overdid the Minnesota accent a couple of times...but, not being from there, I could live with it. He did an amazing job with all the rest.
Yes, I would definitely recommend this.
A fun listen.
Great main character is a sort of mutant (a "brilliant") in an alternate reality to ours (where gifted mutants have been showing up for a few decades and scaring the "normal" population with feelings of irrelevance and, well, overtake). Our hero works for the "norms," hunting the "terrorist" elements among his own kind....UNTIL. And that's where the story begins. Who's telling the truth? Who's lying. Our guy (whose "gift" allows him to "read" others like a book) is all of a sudden doubting things he's been taking for granted. Lots of twists and turns (a few, well, not totally explained). Great characters.
I have to admit I could not stop listening. Finished it in two days.
My first novel from this author and it won't be the last. Happy to see there are previous novels at my disposal.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
This is really part two of a previous book by Turow, Presumed Innocent. Although not entirely necessary to read the first of this two part series, I think doing so brings the listener a much better understanding of the story line. That book was quite good also.
This book kept my interest throughout.
I found myself engrossed in the characters lives and story. The ending is satisfying; the exception being a few paragraphs that are narrated by a female portraying one of the main characters, that just didn't fit in with the rest of the well written novel.
Nevertheless, Turow is skilled in bringing the listener along as his characters are faced with choices and dilemmas in their lives, making the story so interesting and engrossing.
The narrator, Edward Hermann, in both of these books is so very expertise in his tone, pace and challenging accents.
If you like stories about lawyers, crime, and courtroom drama, you should enjoy this book, as well as Presumed Innocent.