I didn't expect to like this, as I am one of the very few that doesn't seem to like the Butcher Boy series. I fell in love with the Ripley series, and that was my standard for a likable conscienceless killer. Ripley had charm, wit and personality. He was articulate and truly likable; whereas the Butcher's Boy was monotone in articulation and personality. But Perry manages to put just enough quirkiness in a murderous couple in Silence to make it truly interesting. There are double and triple crosses, and it is predictably unpredictable. In my opinion, he should do more of this type of complex interaction books with the more developed characterizations of these types of killers.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
I think it was the narration that threw this off for me, Kramer wasn't bad he just wasn't the right type of narrator. This was still a deal at $4.95.
The story wasn't too much of a stretch, mild suspension of reality. I don't think Perry's characters are as timeless as Connelly even this books feels a little dated and it is set in the last few years. What really bothered me though is the ever so slight chauvinistic take on women. I am no feminist I love Harry Bosch and he is an outright chauvinist, my objection was to a kind of underlying nudge and a wink women are all the same view. Not part of the protagonist's treatment, but the overall view of the writer.
However, the story was a decent listen if not entirely engrossing.
Thanks to Audible for listing this book for $4.95, and to Richard from San Anselmo for his review! This is one of the better audiobooks I've tried lately, and Kramer is now my favorite American narrator.
If i wanted to listen to someone talk about relationships for ten hours, I wouldn't look for books in the thriller/mystery section. This one is clearly mislabelled. Boring, lacking pace, inadequate action of any sort. In short a true waste of time, unless of course you want to explore the nature of relationships between a man and a woman.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
Sorry - But this book was a huge dissapontment. I listened to Sleeping Dogs & even though it is not my norm - I thought it was o.k..... But this was a horible turn for the worse. I tried - I really did. Hated it an hour in. Struggled to the end of the first part. Made it to 3/4 of the 2nd part and couldn't take it. The killer team Man/Woman were soooo unprofessional - You would think anyone could run out and start killing people. The female part was especially aweful. The main character has a daughter with Downs Syndrome. I know there are different levels - But if you make that a main issue - Maybe you shouldn't make her one of the smartest mos intuitive people I know... Give her a claw foot or hand if you want a reason for the mom to leave. Glad I only spent a credit - But I would want that back too. I think writing is a very hard skill & I hate writing bad reviews - But somebody's got to be the voice of reason here. So dramatic on the female side of things - Some guys out there might want to check the expiration date on their man cards if they loved this story line...........
The book was read very well and it moved at a good pace with an unusual plot
Yes as the stakes in the story were very high
Very clear, strong and engaging
A great mix of interesting characters
I confess I really didn't have high hopes for this book, but as it got going, I found it to be an interesting story line. I didn't realize that many locations were being mispronounced (seems to be a big issue for many reviewers). For me, Michael Kramer is a fantastic narrator of suspense, so I enjoyed it. Even the ending (though sort of dark) was good.
I really enjoyed this book. It was thrilling, edgy and exciting. I felt like I was in every scene with the characters. Well written, interesting and hoping there is a follow up book.
I enjoyed the characters most. The prosecutor was a surprise
Till and the prosecutor
several not sure I can pick