I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
DD Warren is a lady detective who carries this huge chip on her shoulder. After seven books, she's worn me out...makes her hard to cheer for. I'm starting to hope the bad folks get the best of her. Stories are still worth reading, but having trouble putting up with her.
Sorry, but I would never call Lisa Gardner a "master of suspense", especially after this dud. Every character had a secret, (some creepy) making the plot so ridiculous that by the end, I really didn't care "who did it." A complete waste of time and credits.
Once again, Lisa Gardner does not disappoint. Excellent story, interesting characters. Narration was excellent as well. I have all of the audible books by this author, and look forward to the next.
This was a good choice, some days I have trouble connecting to a title and have taken books that just fall short. I took this one just because.. it was there. Good luck!! Would recommend it.
First off, the multiple-voice narration is great and adds to enjoyment of listening. The plot line kept me interested, but Detective Warren became quite irritating, leaping to unwarranted conclusions on the flimsiest, or even absence, of any real evidence. I found her becoming "whiney", bemoaning at one point that she "just wants to arrest someone". In contrast, Gardner does a good job laying out some issues related to sex offenders, and our tendency to overlook the varying severity and nature of the wide range of offenses that can cause someone to be labeled as a sex offender. The plot was compelling enough to flirt with 5 stars, but ultimately the irritating Detective knocked this down to 4 stars for me.
Usually pick books based on other listener's reviews, which I also did with this one. It's a good and interesting book, but there are lots of others out there that's more worth your time. The characters are quite shallow, and the story is dragged on, not realy letting you know anything, and then towards the end everything's told in 3 minutes.
If you've got a lot of time: Listen to it. Otherwise pick something else!
I stayed on the treadmill longer just so I could listen to this book. This is one of the best books I have ever listened to.
Too many books I listen to are so bogged down with tedious details, wherein we have to hear about way way too much. Too many details can often take away from the flow of the book, and can make my attention wander, and make me bored. Well, this book did that.
The ending was a bit absurd, and I didn't really like any of the characters. They were not sympathetic characters, for whom I am willing to extend a break for their bad behavior.
I got so frustrated with the droning on and on that I went to the library and checked out The Neighbor just so I could hurry up and get to the end.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
This is my second and last Lisa Gardner book.
I read book #2 in the DD Warren series ("Hide") first. It features another policeman, Bobby Dodge, a terrific and sympathetic character. DD Warren was almost a tertiary character.
However, this book (book #3) puts focus on DD Warren. After all, it is the DD Warren series.
1.) I simply can't stand DD Warren. She is brash and self-involved, she makes assumptions, and her police work is sub-par. I am not interested in her, and I don't care what happens to her character.
2.) As I wrote in my review of "Hide," author Gardner has a formula. She sets up a complex, impossible-to-unravel mystery, drags us through chapter after chapter where no progress is made by the police, and then, in the very end, she brings facts and characters forward in one fell swoop, solving the mystery and catching the murderer.
3.) The title is the biggest mystery in this book. It is either intentionally misleading, or the author and her editors goofed. Very strange.
But don't bother.