I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
What a nice surprise. I have read Harris' Sookie series and thought this might be along the same lines. It kinda is, but it has a darker feel to it than Sookie. I guess one "knows" that Harper will survive, but... every scene that came up I wondered if she was going to get hurt, or arrested, or... something.
There is a lot of character development, but it was slipped right into the story without making you feel like you were getting a time-out to learn something.
I never try to figure out a plot before the end so while I was not really surprised at who the bad guy was, I spent the book not fully convinced it wasn't Harper's boyfriend all along. Though I will admit that Harper could have figured it out just a bit faster than she did... but anyway... I'll certainly read the rest of this series.
The narration is well done, but the narrator's voice is too mature for what you'd think Harper should sound like.
AKA The Geeky Blogger
Read from May 15 to 16, 2012
Read for Fun
Overall Rating 4.00
Story Rating 3.75
Character Rating 4.25
Audio Rating (not part of the overall rating): 4.00
First thought when finished: I really enjoyed this story!
What I Loved: Harper Connelly is a quirky, off-beat, and different type of leading character and I LOVED that about her. She embraces her gift of being able to tell how someone died and even turns it into a career. I am still not sure if the career is finding dead people or if it is identifying how someone died. It could be either and both would be super useful. Even though she is constantly met with cynicism she still helps people when she can. The mystery was pretty strong in this story and I enjoyed working it out. I figured out part of it half way through but the last twist I did not see coming. That is always fun!
What I Liked: I really enjoyed learning a little bit about Harper's back story and getting glimpses of her family. I think these little windows into her past really rounded out Harper as a character and I can't wait to learn more.
Audio Specific Review: Alyssa Bresnahan did a pretty good job at the narration. It took a bit to warm up to the male voices but I think she pulled off Harper well!
Final Thought: This was a pretty good little mystery with a quirky lead character that I really liked!
Have always enjoyed the ones reads by Johanna Parker. Alyssa Bresnahan's reading was too flat, with little emotion, spoken/read in clipped, rapid staccato fashion. Did not enjoy this at all!
The characters are interesting. The story is great and as realistic as expected.
She was great & fit the part perfectly.
I couldn't stop listening with book 1, book2, book3 etc. you'll love it!
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
The fact that I bought it.
Ok, here is the deal. I bought book 2 in this series and then realized I got the wrong one. So.. I bought book 1 and started there. After the first book I wasn't sure what to think. The topic was interesting, the characters had redeeming points but the execution was very flawed. I have a hard time with authors who can't keep their facts straight.
For crying out loud! Buy a pack of 3x5 cards and write a physical description of the character on the card. From then on out refer to the card when the character says "it matches my ____ eyes." And don't allow their hair to grow 4 inches in a mere 2 weeks.
This part really bugged me.
Next, if a character has such a depressing life, why do I want to live it with them? I read to enjoy, to conquer the world, to feel like the good guy always wins. After listening to book one I thought I would give two a chance. The author improves, a tiny bit, but just not enough to drag me through her depressing and muddy life for another 6-8 hours.
I won't waste another credit.
I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.
The basic idea for the story was good but most of the time it focuses on the very soap opera like lives of the two main characters. It seemed to take forever for anything plot related to happen. This is not a thirller; its a plodder.
While this is not the Sookie Stackhouse series, I still enjoyed this book. I do have to say that I am not thrilled with the narrator.., she is so precise when she speaks, she seems to enunciate everything. That is not a bad thing, but to me it just does not fit the character. Anyway, the book was good nonetheless.
great narrator for the "voice" of Harper.
pacing excellent and a good beginning for a memorable heroine.
It was a nice and unexceptional story. I appreciated how the heroine's supernatural abilities were used in a straightforward way. Her back story is interesting but her co-dependent relationship with her brother is a little odd. The author makes a point that the siblings are smart - crosswords, Jeopardy, etc. - but she was baffled by a clue that I imagine most readers have understood way before she does. It's a fine listen and I'm going to download the second one.