This audiobook seems to drag interminably in the first three (yes, three!) hours. There is so much innuendo about "the time I left her hanging way deep out there in the dark" with the presumption of later clarification that I found myself growing not only bored, but irritated. I guess I don't have the patience of earlier reviewers!
Although this story was far more than a murder mystery, and spent hours about the coming of age of the MC, I enjoyed it.
Thought provoking, honest, and well done.
I enjoyed this book - especially the earlier chapters. I found the anti-hero touching as he fumbles around in his life trying to do the right thing and being played by just about everybody else in his life. The plot was well crafted but the denouement was dragged out a bit too far and somehow lost intensity.
I think you have to give this book a good long start to enjoy it. It was losing me until about 1 1/2 hours in, then snap it got me and I ended up enjoying it. Give it a chance it was a rewarding listen.
Being a heavy equipment operator with long night shifts, good books are essential to me.
This book was outstanding, you will not be let down. I have been hooked on audiobooks for a some time and I loved this book.
I bought the book to listen to during a long drive. It made the trip interminable -- plodding, repetitive, dreary in all respects.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
I don't understand how anyone can say the characters are flat, especially the protagonist whose life is layers of lies. He is a tortured soul, like his sister, who is trying to do his best to come to grips with who he is, both he and his sisters being victims of the family patriarch. Just how deeply damaged everyone is could be is the crux of the story because so many people have a motive for murder including one of the many people the father cheated during his life as a lawyer. It all has to do with class, money, greed, love, what makes a marriage, and finding out who one really is. Oh yes, and "the system" that demands fast action in a high profile murder which often railroads the innocent and turns people into machines.
At times you get mad at the protagonist for his failings and the stupid things he does. But you also root for his cleverness. Is he brave? Is he a wimp? What is he made of? The story keeps you guessing. (I thought for sure I had the "shocking ending" guessed but the writer is far too clever for that.) "Work", the protagonist's nickname, is a lawyer, a hard profession to feel sympathy towards. Since every clever person knows to suspect the character you should least suspect, you can't ever be sure the protagonist is innoncent despite his seemingly heroic actions. This is a terrific book, hard to take, at times, because, as noted above, the guy you are supposed to root for, can be a jerk/idiot/fool at times. Obviously, "Who done it?" is another to keep reading but this book is far more complex than just another potboiler murder mystery. This book is a character study. It's about the painful layers of lies that "Work" must dig through to find out who he really is that makes this book very compelling.
The story is good and not entirely predictable. I would have given this book a score of 4 stars for the story line, but the narrator was a bit annoying. At the start of each chapter you will hear him take a deep breath.
I listened to every word even though the protagonist was hopelessly inept, insensitive, and impotent. You'll know who the murderer is long before our hero and yet, like me, you might hang in there just to spend a little time down south and root for one of the far more interesting women to tell this guy to take a hike. The title is certainly apt.