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)
It's almost a bit too far-fetched. It wasn't so over-the-top that I stopped reading it, but I did roll my eyes more than once.
It's obvious it's a female author. And just as obvious that she took a Feminism 101 course at university at some point in her career. The book has so much feminist rhetoric (a.k.a. - in this case - stereotypes) that it also caused me to roll my eyes.
But, otherwise, the story was quite engaging... it wasn't clear who the good-guy was (or all the bad-guys) until pretty close to the end of the book. In fact, it took the epilogue to finish making sense of who did what, exactly, and why.
All in all, I enjoyed the story and will read more in this series (though if it wasn't for the fact I already knew it was a series book, I wouldn't have been able to tell from the story - it's completely wrapped at the end.) I'm confident that Gardner will tame down her feminist enthusiasm and retain the suspense in the future books.
I don't think there was any swearing, there is no sexual content and it's not graphically violent. I did not like the narration very much. The narrator spoke clearly, but since the majority of the characters were male, she spoke in a lower register for much of the book, and it did not sound natural. I was not able to tell which male character was speaking from her narration alone and had to wait for the "Rocko said" to know who said what most of the time.
Fast approaching retirement as a life long oncology nurse. I love family more than anything. I enjoy reading (audio only), movies, travels, paper crafting, photography, gardening and just being alive.
My young adult daughter recommended this series to me. We have the same taste and even though I usually don't read "detective" novels, I really enjoyed this one and plan to listen to them all. I agree with other reviewers that the narrator was not right for this book. She didn't have a lot of range. I couldn't always tell who was "talking" or "thinking" but the thrill of the book helped me overlook that. I'd recommend this book.
To be fair, I should tell you I couldn't finish listening to the book. Maybe there are plot twists that happen in the 2nd half of the book. But I just couldn't listen anymore. The plot and all the characters can be seen in virtually every cop show on television at one time or another. It was a definite waste of money.
This book has you following Bobby Dodge. A common character in many of Gardner's books but who is normally in the shadows of the story. You will find yourself growing pretty attached to Mr. Bobby Dodge and not wanting to leave him in the end.
The book is good, but the narrator is so dry that I find myself loosing interest quit often.
Dry. Inflectionless. Sad.
Catherine, her love for Nathan and her strength
She wasn't horrible. Voice change for different characters maybe?
The shocking awareness of a survivors life and story! It made me think of recent stories in the news, and pray for all victims and their families.
I almost did not purchase this book because of the negative comments regarding the narrator. I am so thankful I did decide to buy it! It is a great story, with fascinating and very well developed characters!
My first listen to Lisa Gardner..I hope the rest of the series is as good.. Love the excitement of the story, the accents for the characters.. Great book
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This book was so great!
I stumbled upon this series (started on book 5, and loved it so much I wanted to read the rest of the series) and I LOVE them ALL!
I was surprised at how little our main character (D.D. Warren) was in this book but it was still a very good book! (Don't worry- she takes over the rest of the books and is amazing).
Very good book- Very worth a credit!!!!
I had read book six in the series and enjoyed it so went back for Book One. This one has female narrator. To me her male voices, particularly our "hero" sounded like a stereotyped punchy old boxer. Expected the heroine of book six (Dee-Dee) who supposedly this series is about, is barely in this book. In only two books I've read by Lisa Gardner repetitive phrases "Everyone has to die sometime." And how likely is it that TWO books have some degree of dependence on a rare psychiatric illness munchausen by proxy. I have already bought the second book in the series (which will be my third by Lisa Gardner) so I'll read one more.