For narration: It was to difficult to distinguish the different characters; their voices were too similar at times.
For the story: The end of the story came abruptly. Little to no resolution of plot lines and characters' relationships. It gave the appearance of a book rushed to publication.
I'm not the biggest fan of Nora Roberts when she starts getting too deep into gruesome detail. Explaining the rape and sacrifice of a young virgin teenager is hard to listen to and I'm not sure what place it has in a "romance" book. I will say Nora has the ability to create a story that has you honestly believing it took place. Overall this wasn't a bad book. Although I really think it could have ended better. The ending felt flat to me.
I'll start off by saying I'm huge Nora Roberts fan! Yes the stories can be similar but I always love her characters and get pulled into the books. This book was 1st one I hated. I thought since it was Halloween time I would try a thriller type book but bad choice. The Satan worship and animal sacrifices were bad enough then rape and human sacrifices were just awful and I didn't want to hear anymore of it. On top of everything there were no likable characters?! This was just a bad story with really uncomfortable and gross details. Don't bother with it.
I really struggled to finish this one. She did her usual great character build, but I did not care for such detail of satanism. It was a very scary book instead of thrilling. I don't mind paganism, but I don't care to have satanic rituals being read in my head.
For those of you who love romance mixed in with drama, terror, and suspense, you will absolutely love listening to this book. It has all that and more. I loved being able to do my housework as I submerged myself into the characters and storyline Nora Roberts developed so creatively and skillfully.
I've listened to this novel twice since I realized that I had missed some of the nuances Nora Roberts intertwined within the story the first time I listened to it. As in all great romances, the romance survives unscathed at the end. However, as in all good suspenses, there is a gotcha at the end. In fact, there were two gotchas, one that saddened me and another that chilled me.
PERFORMANCE: Kimberly Farr does a wonderful job reading this story; however, there are a few RARE spots in the story where it is apparent she stopped and began again, accidentally cutting off some of her words. While momentarily aggravating, it only takes away a few words from the story. For this reason alone, I am rating her performance four (4) stars rather than five (5) stars since I believe it to be her responsibility to see that this does not occur. If I am wrong, I hope someone will correct me.