I had a hard time knowing who was talking and what time frame I was in. The narrator is not objectionable, but her voice is very monotonous and I found myself drifting off from time to time. Either the narrator's tone or the author's writing style created emotional distance from the story so that I never really became involved with any of the characters. I found both the detective and the central character (I'm not sure whether to call her 'Heather' or 'Sunny' or the victim or the perpetrator) very off putting. The detective's continual assessment of every female he met for her sexual desirability was repellent, and the protratonist's constant lying made me unsure of her likability. The ending was all wrapped up satisfactorily, almost too pat. Hence three stars. Even though I was struggling to get involved there was something that kept me going, but I'm not sure if it was the desire to see the end or the money I spent on the book! Perhaps others will like it better than I did.
A great story and anything but predictable. Lippman has a talent for evoking both a time and a place. She builds suspense even as we ricochet from past to present. Usually I take my time with audiobooks but I couldn't wait to finish this one.
This writer has an interesting story to tell, and she does it skilfully. This is not a book you can listen to, put down for a couple of days, and come back to. As other reviewers have said, it skips around, and it will be difficult to follow if you put it down for awhile before you finish it. My main criticism is that at the very end, things wrap up just a little too neatly, and there's a little too much of a "happily ever after" quality about it. But it's still a good "read" and I recommend it. Not as cliche' as other books of this genre tend to be.
I really had a hard time grasping the main character of this novel. Her reflections and feelings were abstract and too loose to hold on to. Hmmm...am I being vauge? Well, that sums up my impression of this book. Too staged, too predictable, too much trying to write a good book instead of actually doing so.
I had never listened to Laura Lippman before and I chose this book because it wasn't associated with any series like some of her others (didn't want to have to listen to one to understand the other). For my first listen I am pleasantly surprised ( had some real doosers lately) and enjoyed how well rounded the story was. It was not a run of the mill, heard this before and if I had she must have done it better than the others. She gave you some choices as to who it really could be and what had actually happened and she made me change my mind a couple of times, coming out with a REALLY? moment ( loving how that was found out btw). Well thought out, great character development, held my interest and wanted to continue to listen, almost needing to. Linda Emond was a great narrator ( never heard her before either) and enjoyed how she performed the male voices, without over acting or trying to lower her voice to sound like James Earl Jones. It was what I was looking for ( I mentioned recovering from recent purchases) and think it is a great book to pick. Just downloaded ' I'd Know You Anywhere' and have hopes for that one also. I will definately put this in my 'listen to again pile'.
The story unfolded slowley, but I liked the characters enough to stay with it. The twist at the end was satisfying. Kept my attention, which is good enough.
This book was excellent. It was a perfect blend of the past and the present. Great description and I never saw the end coming. Caught me completely off guard. First book I've ever read by this author but will read more and hope they're all as good as this one.
The story line was good but it kept skipping around from person to person and present to past and back through out the whole book. It was hard to follow.
Really liked the story was very interested but got slow at times. I really didn't get the music though? Seemed to be at random times. Other than that really enjoyed!
I kept having to skip through boring sections. I usually love stuff that goes back from the past to the future, but I figured out the identity of the girl right away, and the other characters weren't very interesting. I wanted to get to her story and the reunion. I was also became frustrated with the small lies, and stopped caring about the details. I just wanted to get to the conclusions. I liked the scenes with Heather in them, but there was this kind of drudgery to the way the book moved. I heard from a lot of characters that were no longer alive. I felt like I didn't care about this relevance.
I got this because I adored Laura Lippman's "And When She Was Good," but this was too different for me. Too slippery and frustrating. But because I loved "And When She Was Good" so much, I might try again. I also believe her to be great at crafting characters and stories, this one just wasn't to my taste. Plus, I've already ordered "Life Sentences,"
I listened to "And When She Was Good" and I felt the narrator related to that character much more than these ones, although I am biased. Clearly Linda Edmond is a talented reader.
Some of it, but not all.