Like others, I was frustrated early on by the stupidity of the main character's actions. I stuck it out because I really wanted to learn who done it. About half way through, our hero suddenly becomes a boy genius and things take a more satisfying, rapid pace. In the end, some seemingly worthless early diversions become meaningful. I liked the ending and book overall.
I expected more from the author of the Bosch books and others. I couldn't make the "leap of faith" to imagine the protagonist of this novel - a Ph.D. chemist - willing to risk so much for a "wrong number", and if I read "I just wanted to help. To see if she was all right." one more time, the book would have wound up in the fireplace. By the end, it was "who cares?".
I enjoyed this book. At first I was put off by some of the scientific subject matter because I have no interest in it, although it was written in a way that anyone can understand and it's important to the story.
There were twists in the book I didn't see coming and I was glad because I hate when a book is too predictable. I really enjoy Michael Connelly. I appreciate that he researches his books to make sure the subject matter is accurate.
Follow the advice in the title of this review and you can enjoy this book. With the Bosch series, you're kept in your seat by the long history you may already have with the main character, no matter how bad the book. That does not apply to this book. I can absolutely see everyone's frustration with this book. The only saving grace for me is that I have known some AMAZINGLY "book smart" people that lack "street savvy." They make all kinds of naive mistakes on a daily basis as does our hero in this book. So I was able to give the book the latitude it needed to be enjoyable.
Here’s the deal: Our hero is a gifted researcher developing cutting edge technology that will soon benefit mankind immensely. Said researcher then investigates, what ultimately is a murder, doing such stupid things I was constantly shaking my head.
I like my heroes to be somewhat savvy, hip and use more than a little common sense. This one sadly demonstrates brilliance only around a microscope, becoming a mindless bumbling numskull leaving self-incriminating evidence everywhere once he removes his lab coat.
I’m a truly a big Michael Connelly fan but this book did not work for me. Then again not even Babe Ruth hit every pitch and I will willingly give Michael another try at some future date.
My suggestion: leave this one and try something else by Mr. Connelly otherwise you might find yourself adding scorn to the heap.
Oh what a mess = made it halfway through the 2nd part and gave up - unbelievable, boring, long winded, Oh and the reason his girlfriend left him - he is AN IDIOT.
Do not waste your time or money
I still don't know if it was all worth the struggle in getting through this book. I love the author's other books, and this story surely has his signature to it, but like some of the other reviews the main character is just too unbelievable. I believe the author was trying to do a study in the scientific research world. Maybe also he was trying to get away of his usual characters. He was trying to stretch his horizon, though as the listener I feel I paid heavily for his attempt.
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I love this book it holds your attention from the first few minutes to the final scene. It is a bit different from Michael Connelly's books. However, the characters are fully developed and identifiable. If you like people oriented mysteries, this is a good listen.
For any Connelly fan, this book is a great break from Harry Bosch. Not a hard boiled detective book but a great thriller for anyone with a more than a few neurons flashing. It is a great listen and better than any James Patterson trash ever.
Because I listen to most of my audible books in my car, I had to create places to drive to, including an extra 160-mile round trip for an unplanned family visit, just to continue listening to this fabulous book! Though not much of a scientific-minded person, and definitely NOT into sci-fi, I was fascinated by the possibilities of the future of computers which much of the book prophesies. But the main story, the tragic tale of such ruthless madmen, pitiful women, and a lead character with a heart so caring it gets him into horrible situations, is one which completely captivated me. The writing is great and the reading, some of the best I've ever listened to...and I've listened a lot over the past two years. This is a must hear and justly deserves the 5 stars I've given it.