Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I bought this because I enjoyed The Sleeping Doll so much. The characters are great and I love how Deaver writes Dance as an investigator. Like most every Deaver novel, there are really surprising twists that either keep you in suspense or eager to understand what has transpired.
Michelle Pawk does a great job with all the characters. She gets a well earned 5 star rating for me.
I give the story 3 stars because I found the subject matter, (blogging and cyber bullying), a bit trite and boring. Deaver more than compensates for this with his talented character development and storytelling.
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I wish this book was better; its like reading a manual on body language rather than a novel; haulting prose and absolutely horrible because of the writing, not the narrating) to listen to. The narrator did the best he could with the material. I'm off Deaver forever; I couldn't evev finish it. Don't waste your money
If you liked "The Blue Nowhere" or "The Broken Window" by Deaver then downloading this book is a no brainer. It has all the elements he puts together so well in his books with the surprises at the end. It is well thought out, well researched, in depth, not too long, and well... what else can I say? It is a good book to listen to. When I downloaded it, the book came in three parts. I did not realize it at the time, but part three is the abridged version of "The Blue Nowhere" so you get 2 for the price of one if it is still offered on Audible. Both books are well worth reading.
Jeffery Deaver's "Dance" character continues to amuse. However, Michele Pawk is a reader, not a narrator. Excruciating listening. If Deaver's books continue to list her as "narrator", I will read rather than listen.
I found this book and the bonus that follows rather average. It was entertaining enough that I didn't stop listening, but did not find it as engrossing as some of the better audiobooks on Audible. I've truly enjoyed Deaver's work in the past, so was caught off guard by the **yawn** content. If I were an editor and this was a first effort, not even sure I'd publish this story that never makes the reader care much about the characters. If you're in for a long commute or otherwise need diversion, it will do. If you're hoping for great, gripping prose or intellectual stim -- nope!
I almost didn't get the book because of the disappointing reviews - but being a Deaver fan I decided to make my own decision. Glad I did! Good story, and for those with kids who play online games, it's a good education about what your kids are doing. I didn't realize that the 3rd part was a bonus book, but found that story to be entertaining as well. Maybe it's just the geek in me showing, but I would say both stories are entertaining and worth listening to. Thanks for the bonus Audible, I enjoyed it!
I liked Deaver, but this book is not up to his best. The story started out with an interesting premise, but soon became bogged down in trifling details about the Internet and social networking sites -- that anyone with a computer today already knows. A primary reason fans read this book is to get insights into kinesics via Kathryn Dance -- but there was too little of this. Add the long-winded descriptions, idiotic adolescent dialog, and the annoying narrator and I couldn't finish the book. I suggest Michael Connelly instead.
I really enjoyed the book as I do with most of the Jeffrey Deaver novels. The research that went into the book was very good and I found myself wondering "Wow, could this really happen?" Of course the answer is YES! There were some disjointed link that were wrapped up in the end and I'm looking forward to seeing if the Professor is a recurring character. I too was very disappointed to find the book ended after just 2 parts and that part 3 was another book. I was afraid to start it, thinking that it was a 6 hour preview and that I would need to buy the remainder. I haven't listened to the bonus book that now appears in the description. I feel cheated out of 6 hours!
Probably, my least favorite Deaver book. I struggled to get to the end and found myself relieved when it was over.
The Dance character is interesting, but this book is just a mess. First, it HEAVILY incorporates technology and techno-speak into the storyline. It really dates the novel in a BAD way...in a way that makes it hard to listen to the story. I don't mind reading books set in the past...but, in this case, it just feels outdated. The biggest issue is the author's constant reference to the "synth" world... meaning, synthetic world, as opposed to internet/virtual world. Obviously, the author thought this was the right terminology or, someone advised him that it was back in the day...but, I don't recall that being a thing even in the early days of online gaming, blogging. etc... in any case, it drove me nuts.
Second, the storyline is just REALLY hard to believe. I love a mystery and can suspend my disbelief and sink into a good book as easily as the next gal, but WOW...there are so many situations and plot twists that leave you muttering, "HUH?" OR "YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING" under your breath. I don't want to spoil anything, so that's all on that. But, just...wow. it was bad.
Like??What? What I read is obvious..I am a computer programmer from before we had computers (APL anyone?) I just saw a coyote in our canyon
spent a large part of the book chasing a suspect no one had seen and there was no evidence against. he was never alleged or suspected...just the kid who DID it. guilty or not, it is bad form.
I'm disappointed in the Katherine Dance series, though I'll probably listen to them all anyway.