A better narrator would have improved the book. Also, I felt too much was given away early on, making it too predictable. I don't think that the female characters were well written, but maybe that was the result of the way the narrator made them sound.
Not every female narrator can pull off a male voice, just as male narrators sometimes have trouble with female voices. Unfortunately, she made Chris sound awful--wooden, and sometimes even deranged (like Nicholas the writer)--awful enough that I had no idea why she would fall in love with him.
The initial idea of the newlywed murders was fairly good.
I listened to the entire thing, but it was a bit of a struggle, especially near the end. I don't think this series is for me.
I will not spoil the story for you but I thought it was all pretty transparent and knew what would happen long before 4 allegedly experienced women did. The only saving grace is that the butler did not do it. I think I'm done with Patterson.
The narration was top notch though.
critic at large
I know Patterson is a popular author. I just can't figure out why. The writing is cliched at best, hackneyed at worst. And you simply must suspend your brains and common sense to buy into the premise, let alone what passes for a plot.
The narration was over done. Too annoying. The Prologue hinted to a sad ending, as u get closer to the end you almost know what will happen. Plus by then u wonder why u bothered getting that close to the end. The only book out of over 20 i bought on Audible I did not give 5 stars. The narration was soooo bad.
certainly not by the same Narrator.
It was longer then necessary and sometimes boring.
She did not make me believe in any of the characters. The only one that sounded right and did not offend me was Lindsey.
Not sure what would have helped, with the exception of changing the Narrator.
Was this book ever a doozey. I guess I didn't know what to expect, but I didn't expect it to be so graphic, didn't expect such a twisted criminal mind, and certainly did not expect such tragedy. The conclusion was twist after twist, so intense I was clenching my jaw and almost falling from my perch with anxiety.
I liked the club, the girls were portrayed well, and made for a good meeting of the minds. It was good, and though I'm not happy about all of the ending, it was at least a satisfying conclusion. I may be having disturbing nightmares about it for a while though.
Only criticism of the narration was some slight inconsistency/lack of differentiation for some of the male voices, but it was more of a sporadic annoyance than a hindrance.
If the whole series/other JP books are of this same tone and level of graphic-ness, I'm not sure I can handle them. It was good, just didn't put/keep me in a pleasant mood akin to what Agatha Christie or Rhys Bowen do. He writes a whole different ball game, I'll have to see if I'm up to it.
The plot twists were phenomenal! The story didn't flow though, almost as though the author was trying force his plot into his preconceived notion of its interaction with the "murder club". It almost worked but not quite... That being said, it is worth a listen.
This is my first Patterson read, and I must admit that it made painting an entire room less monotonous. I had lauded myself at length for having figured it out before the end, only to be humbled when discovering that I had not, and was happy that no one had heard my premature, self-congratulatory mutterings in the empty, but now beautifully painted room. This would be a great read for a long road trip by car, or likewise attempts at home improvement. However, had I been reading this work, I have little doubt that I would have put it down in favor of something with a bit more substance.