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.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
The members are Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant D.A., and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle. They come together, these bright young women who are at the edge of breaking through the "glass ceiling", to solve they mystery of the brutal killings of newly wedded couples on their wedding nights.
"Working together, they track down the most terrifying and unexpected killer they have ever encountered-before a shocking conclusion in which everything they knew turns out to be devastatingly wrong."
It's the start of a good series from James Patterson whose words are well spoken by Suzanne Toren.
This is another book that I became curious about after watching the series on TV. I'm glad I did as this book at least is better than the series. Give it a go, you might discover the same thing.
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.
Very nice story with lots of twists.
Toren seemed to be way too dramatic for portions of the story that didn't require any. I think she read with a lot of exclamation points added.
Almost everything about this book I found disappointing. From the fact that the narrator made me feel like the main character was Bea Arthur and not in a good way (huge Golden Girl's fan), to the extremely flat one dimensional characters, but the fact that one of the female leads during her introduction, but almost every possible chance the author stated that she was black as if this was her defining thing. As someone who can enjoy simple characters (I often dabble in YA fiction) this was just to much to listen to.
The most disappointing thing I would have to say is the character development. I often found myself wondering who people were and often they were some of the main characters.
I don't think I would want to try another of her performances, I didn't really enjoy listening to the sound of her voices and this is just personal opinion, but it didn't seem like a lot of effort was put into the performance.
I guess the plot twists? I don't know even those weren't really that redeeming in the book because they put so little emphasis on character development they didn't make that much sense.
I am definitely returning this one as fast as possible.
A better plot, a better narrator
The book flip-flopped between first and third person narration, which was jarring at times. Also at times it read more like a bad romance novel than a crime thriller.
This was the second James Patterson novel I listened to and both were horrible. I like crime novels and thrillers, but could not get into either of his books.
Yes. It is a book that grabs a hold of you.You have to know what happens next.
The end Big Surprise. I will be buying #2.
It was Perfect. Great choice she made great writing come alive.
Yes - this book really captured my attention and imagination. There were times I didn't want to get out of my car because the story was so good.
Yes - just when you thought you knew 'who dun it,' something new came along to change your mind.
Lindsey and Claire
It was such a compelling story. The plot pulled me in immediately. Great narration, as well.
Suzanne was pitch perfect. She really brought the story to life. Narrators make all of the difference in the audiobook experience. She was ideal! Made the experience great. I couldn't stop listening once I began.
The entire story was great. There wasn't one particular part.
I'm just learning about the series, so I had to start at the beginning. I can see why it was so successful. I can't wait to get to the 13th installment.