I haven't followed this character set...and it was easy to pick up the thread. But, the story line was all over the place and there was really no "thriller" attachment to who did what, or why. It was interesting listening, but I wouldn't walk far to get another book in this series.
Audible Fan, Amazon Customer, Gardener, Quilter, Liberal and Activist. I'll read about anything!
For once, Dance isn't an adjunct to the Rhymes/Sachs duo, but has her own story.
The woman who can read your every movement and who knows what you're really thinking meets a truly evil man-one who styles himself as a new Charlie Manson...just what the world needs.
I enjoyed this novel a lot and especially liked the narrator...she knows how to give emotion to a story.
Well worth the read!
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
Jeffery Deaver is a great crime novelist and the heroin in this series, Kathryn Dance, is an interesting character. I think the stand out for me in this story was the villain and the mystery behind who was the true villain.
Would you expect anything but a good book from Deaver? Of course not, and again he did not disappoint. The characters were varied and interesting each on their own. The ending was a pleasant surprise because just when you think you KNOW what is going to happen... well you listen and figure it out.
For the most part, believable, though the kinesics sort of got in the way. It was kind of text-booky the way Kathryn Dance described the tics and gestures of the liars she encounteres.
Daniel Pell is competing with Manson for world fame. The book competes at the same level, trying to create a "family" for Pell, one comprising weak-willed women who do his bidding. Shrug. Pell is a master at escaping and stalking the people who wronged him. That was a little much.
The "Sleeping Doll" of the title, wakes up one day and tells her story. It's pretty unremarkable. I think the author wanted us to feel so bad for her that she held that secret for so long and then she grew up and stood up for herself. But the "secret," such that it is .. is nothing, and it does nothing to help find Pell.
One problem I had, which was probably only evident in listening as opposed to reading text. Daniel Pell, Kathryn Dance, Rebecca, Samantha, and others.. all the names started to sound alike. A bit difficult to keep them all straight.
I found the use of masks and disguises to be a very childish device for the writer. It's a fallback that helps the writer avoid having to come up with plausible explanations for the killer's ability to escape detection. Reading some of the dressup scenes made me yawn.
I liked it well enough, and I'll look at other Deaver books. Not necessarily a "page turner," it stuck with me and I really liked the concepts of lie detection that it explained. (I loved "Lie to Me" on TV).
This is a good book and you will enjoy the story. It will hold your interest to the end but it was long as Jeffery Deaver's books tend to be. I recommend this book.
I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.
the basic premise of the story had a lot of potential but there was way too much plodding drival about the main character that had nothing to do with the story. There were also a lot of subplots that never really came together and just distracted from the main plot.
Overall, a lot of slowness!
I almost bypassed this novel altogether because I listened to Roadside Crosses first and was totally turned off by the narrator. Figuring Deaver deserved a second chance, I was pleasantly surprised (and relieved) that Ann Twomey is a talented reader. (Let's face it folks, the narrator can make or break the listening experience.)
The Sleeping Doll has well-rounded, interesting characters, and Deaver provides enough detail to keep his reader informed, yet wondering. A good combination, in my opinion; I don't need to be "invested" in the characters to like them or hate them. This novel offers an entertaining, fast-paced plot, and gets an all-around thumbs-up.
awesome, I could not stop listening, everytime I thought it was end , anther twist came along, I cannot get enough of this author,, congrats!