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)
I had a hard time putting this one down... it was very engaging and suspenseful and I was always wondering what Cassie would do next.
At the start, I thought it was going to be one kind of story (a woman trying to rebuild her life after jail) but it ended up having a much larger scope than that. Guess I should have known that Connelly wouldn't have made the novel straight-forward.
There are a lot of plot components but they are nicely tied together (full-circle) by the end of the story. The origins and motivations of all the characters are explained.
I liked how the bad guy (well, the baddest guy) was, on one hand, a very bad guy but on the other hand, just wanted what he thought was his due. He even had a couple redeeming features (trying to help a stranger type thing).
And the big change in Cassie in the final scene of the book was believable and redeeming.
There is graphic violence and some swearing but no sex. The narration is good.
If you should be tired of reading stuff about Michael Connelly's favorite detective Harry Bosch, this is a book for you. This is abook about unexpected hero Cassie Black and her counterpart the grim Jack Karch. Both are criminals (at least ex-ditto) and both arouse sympathy (at least to a certain extent) in the reader. It's suspense all the way, and impossible to stop listening to. I would like to see a movie made out if this book. Hats off once more to Michael Connelly.
Slightly just slightly slow start BUT WOW then it hits the road running and packs a punch. And the bad guy, karch, omg you want to reach in and grab him by the throat. Not sure I have come across such a well written bad guy in a long time if ever. He is soooooo bad you are truly not certain if he will be defeated.
It really was a 'page turner' not sure what to call that when you are listening and not really turning pages. You really start to root for Cassie and with every page you are not sure if things will work out. She did 'wrong' things for right, heart wrenching, reasons
I think so, yes. Never listen to LJ previously but I would listen again
Would love a sequel but not sure how Connelly would pull it off. I guess its good to have a stand alone book every now and then!
Void Moon is a story about Cassie Black, an ex-con who decides on a caper after nearly a year of going straight. As expected, the unexpected happens. The rest of the story is almost entirely about the duel between Cassie and Karch, the man who gets after her to recover the stolen money.
The plot is clearly above average; perhaps even above Connelly's usual great plots. The speed is at least at the legal speed limit, and often crosses the limit. Yet it is very easy to understand the story, which is more than I can say for several convoluted action books that I have had the misfortune to read. Connelly develops the characters well. As always in his stories, it's not just "possible" to get into the minds of the players -- it's almost impossible not to. This story also has an emotional mother-child angle, balanced just right.
Connelly's writing style in this book is a little nasty. There are sub-stories within this story, and Connelly almost never reveals the entire sub-story at one go. The effect is to tantalize, tease, frustrate and annoy you to a degree, yet there is equal satisfaction when the pieces finally fall into place. A masterpiece!
I've always loved the Bosch stories, but I think this one was better than almost every Bosch novel. If I have any grudge it is this: Connelly almost literally gripped me by the the trachea just below the larynx, and pinched to narrow the airway to 50%. Till I finished the book I was tense, palpitating, and slightly breathless. Is there such a thing as "too thrilling" at my age? (I am severely on the wrong side of fifty.)
The narrator is excellent.
This is an interesting book in that there are no 'good guys' in the story. Thieves steal from thieves and then other thieves chase the first thieves. In that sense, I did not find any of the characters particularly likeable.
Connolley does provide some interesting looks into some of the details of how certain crimes might be committed, but the techology he describes in detail is not up to date. For instance, the surveillance cameras one thief uses have to conntected by wires - wireless technology apparently has not made it into his knowledge base.
If you like Connelly you will probably enjoy this book, but it does standout in any way and the ending is not surprising.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
If you like murder/action caper novels... It's hard to fault "Void Moon". Michael Connelly knows craft and process as well as anyone writing today. And like a great engineer, he has a toolkit full of every tool in and for the book. There's just nothing weak. Well, maybe it starts a tad slowly. But the rascals that fill these pages were perfect to tease me into the story.
You want a message? Some life secrets? Read your email or curl up with that old humorist Manny Kant :-) You want a good ensemble cast performed by a master actor... Listen to L.J. Gander tell about "The Void Moon".
An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.
The reader/listener becomes more and more consumed with discovering who Cassy Black is and how did this flawed character get to where she is. When we discover the secrets of Cassy's past we hardly have time for satisfaction because we are hurrying to turn pages or speeding up the narration to discover what is going to happen to her and how will she resolve her challenges. This was an excellent thriller by the author of the Harry Bosch series.
The story line. It was imaginative and very captivating, I could not put this book down. I felt like it was one of the most suspenseful books by Michael Connelly, even more than most of his Bosch books. I also really liked his character development.
Cassie Black - she was full of flaws but a very interesting and strong person - and very soon after "meeting" her did I want things to go her way.
The whole book. I would love to read a few more books about her - and find out for instance what she was doing and what adventure she was having when Bosch meets her in "The Narrows".
Yes - but I don't want to say because it would spoil the read/listen.
I did not like the voice of the narrator at all. Even though he had good timing and read the story well, the sound of his voice really bothered me and this is the reason I did not give the performance of the book 5 stars.
skydiver, BASE jumper, VERY amateur chef
Yes. I have been a Connelly fan for some time, but this book is outstanding even for him. The book has more twists than Nixon. It is well plotted, very well written, and scary.
The theft scenes.
I did read the book. Audio books are a different experience entirely. Ganser just right for this. His voice just right for both Cassie and the psychopath tracking her.
All the Vegas scenes. Connelly gets Vegas the way he gets LA
It's Michael Connelly. There are lots of good mystery writers, but Connelly is always compelling, never dull. The last four hours got me so spellbound, I dropped everything, lit a fire in the fireplace, and just gave over to it. This is one of his very best. And without even Harry Bosch.
I like Connelly's work, especially Harry Bosch. This book may be good BUT this narrator drove me to Return To Sender. His voice his way too nasal. A narrator can really make or break a book and this guy broke it for me. But your mileage may vary!