I would have preferred an abridged version. I like reading Sandra Brown, but listening that many hours, had me losing interest.
More actual storyline and less explicit sex
Let me imagine what was happening in the numerous sexual encounters, rather than giving details. And ho hum details, at that.
This book is filled with explicit sexual content, so please don't listen with children. I like the old movies that went to blackouts when the couple became amorous. You knew what was happening....you just didn't have to watch. Likewise, with books. I would have preferred to listen to more actual storyline than the numerous descriptions of people having sex. And not very imaginative sex, at that. What a waste of the author's talent.
Avid reader. Constant Audible listener. Currently deep into foreign crime detective novels. Especially a fan of noire and police procedural.
This book really surprised me -- I could not put it down! Yes, one needs to suspend belief a bit; yes, one has to bear with the narrator's difficulty with some of the female voices; yes, the sex scenes veer a bit towards the type found in steamy, romance novels. Nevertheless, it is fun, laugh-out-loud funny, has great characterization, snappy dialogue, and exciting action.
If you want a break from weighty subject matter, this book is a perfect choice -- an antidote for those times when you need a break from "weighty" subject matter. Perfect for hot summer days, when you want nothing more than to be entertained. As much fun as an amusement park ride!
I was addicted to this book from the start, I listen while driving to work and home...I usually try to find the quickest route home, but when listening to this book, I went the long way home...I was pulled in immediately and would find myself arguing with the husband...his feeling were acceptable towards his wife, but not towards this woman who plays her part...I really enjoyed this one...and when it was over I cried. I wasn't looking forward to starting another book after this one, not knowing what would happen, would it be boring after this exciting one, but let me recommend "Play Dirty", I was hooked right away, so it's a good book to follow "Mirror Image".
Listen on people!
A friend who had read this book, recommended it to me. I really liked it. You will too, if you like Sandra Brown's work.
The narrator's voice was barely audible at times dipping so low to almost a growl. Apart from poor diction,the voice sounded like the narrator's chin seemed to be stuck in his chest and that took away any enjoyment a reader could have had. Disappointing because the basically the story line looked good, but the frustration of missing so much due to poor narration prevented me from being able to complete listening to the book.
Sure I will.
Happy about it in general, I,ve enjoyed the story and good reading
Nothing, everything is ok.
Like what???? change my face??
My first Sandra Brown book. The suspense, the family interactions and understanding how one would learn a new life...brilliant. The big, strong, fair men with Texan drawl - the narrator is top notch. Could not stop listening. Best yet .. did not see the end coming!
with some feel good romance at the end.
I questioned some of Avery’s actions, but I’m not sure what I would have done differently.
You need to suspend disbelief that the husband would not sense differences in his wife: her walk, talk, mannerisms, body parts, and scars. Especially since Avery had not studied Carole’s talk and mannerisms. The weakest part was probably the main bad guy. I cannot imagine any person planning, waiting, and doing what he did. But again if you can suspend disbelief, it makes a good story. It’s good because it’s different and not predictable. It’s not the same kinds of good guys and bad guys that so many other books have.
One set of events felt contrived. The hotel operator wouldn’t put through calls to Avery that she wanted to get. And, Irish didn’t tell his assistants that he wanted to take all calls from Avery and Van. And then during a critical time, Irish put himself in places where he couldn’t be reached. If they had cell phones it wouldn’t be a problem. But this book was written before cell phones were common.
I don’t know why a killer shot a certain person at the end. I wish the author was clearer about that.
Some readers felt the book was too long. I didn’t notice that, probably because I did this as an audiobook. I’m fine with long audiobooks.
STORY IDEA FOR OTHER AUTHORS - A STUPID SECONDARY CHARACTER THAT I’D LIKE TO SEE AS A HEROINE:
At first, I did not like Francine. But later I was hoping she would uncover something. When that didn’t happen, I realized I’d like to read a story about someone like her. Here she is a minor character. She’s flawed and does stupid things, but her stupidity could be entertaining. Her mother was an alcoholic and never gave enough love and support to Francine. Francine picks up guys in bars and sleeps with almost anyone. She is currently obsessed with Eddie, a cold and remote guy 20 years older. He wants nothing to do with her and insults her. She has no shame and throws herself at him, sneaking into his bedroom and suggestively touching herself and him, wanting sex. One day she bribes a hotel maid to let her in. When he walks in, she says Boo. When he does have sex with her he is rough leaving injuries. She doesn’t seem to mind, probably thinks she deserves it since she was never properly loved by her parents. She searches through Eddie’s things because she is nosy. He can’t get rid of her. He throws her out one day and she’s back and rubbing against him the next. I’d like to see a story where he is keeping secrets, and she finds incriminating evidence about him and doesn’t plan to turn him in but ends up causing him all kinds of trouble, even though she never intends to.
In this book, Avery is understanding and kind to Francine which surprises and unsettles Francine. No one has ever treated her that way, but she hesitantly goes along with things Avery suggests. Then she messes up, but then she makes good. One scene made me laugh. While everyone is in a hotel waiting for the next event. Francine is coloring with her 3-year-old-cousin. It surprised me, yet it fit. Here’s this slutty 20-year-old with the emotional maturity of a toddler, doing something a toddler would do - coloring. I don’t remember Francine’s exact age - something over 18.
The narrator Dick Hill was good in this book. Very different from his reading Slow Heat in Heaven. I did not like his interpretations in that book.
Genre: mystery suspense with some romance.
I loved the beginning of this story where the main character is forced to endure a surgery to look like someone else. I found it a little difficult to get over the premise that she remained in that character or that she falls in love with someone who holds her with such contempt, but the twist in the 'who dunnit' kept me listening.