As the story unfolded I found myself timidly following, unsure that I wanted to know what followed. But, I was compelled to see it through. I loved this book. The story was heart wrenching. It was as if all the characters became known to me personally. I was totally invested them. The ending couldn't have gone any other way.
I thought the story was so so... it reminded me of the TV series "cold case". slow place, no action. My husband and I listened to it on a long road trip. we skipped ahead at chapter 30 so that we didn't have to endure the rest at home.
Well told and unfolding. I can do without the musical interludes... That was a little cheesy. And was pretty confused why the last 3 chapters played twice? Or did I miss something?
The beginning was very choppy. With it being an audible book, it was often difficult to discern who was speaking.
The music at the beginning of sections was very distracting. It had no place and it was unnecessary to have music playing over the dialogue.
The last couple of chapters repeated. Not sure why.
Ultimately, the story was interesting for a short period of time. Entertaining but not the best.
Didn't see the end coming. The story made me think of foolish mistakes in my youth and how very different things could be. The characters were very well developed.
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
Engaging, unpredictable, emotive.
it kept me hooked. The story telling was not predicable and it left you wanting to know more.
It evoked many emotions but my reaction were not on the extreme end of the scale.
Enjoyed this-my first story by Lippman-so much had to tell my sis about it immediately. The author doles out the clues but keeps you reading to find out Why did the protagonist wait so long? Why come forward now? Does she have some heinous crime of her own to hide? The answers come at a satisfying pace and the conclusion is quite unexpected. Great book.
The fact that the story takes place long after the crime: we get to follow-up on the family, the police, the community and the victims and live out the consequences of actions, cover-ups, and mistakes made by all.
When the mother returns from Mexico to see her resurrected daughter.
The dead will be heard.
Loved the twist to this family drama.
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.
Maybe. I enjoyed "When She Was Gone" quite a bit, but this book felt like it could have been written by a completely different author because it wasn't even close to as good.
No. I really enjoy crime/mystery novels.
At two points during the recording, a handful of chapters repeated over again and I had to skip around to figure out where I should actually be in the book.
Boredom and disappointment.
The defective audio recording that repeats chapters should be looked into and corrected.