I enjoyed this mystery / courtroom drama. The main character, Cope, is a DA trying a fraternity rape case. At the same time, people connected to the case are looking Cope's past for skeletons, and the murder of his sister at summer camp with him 20 years ago comes to light again. The novel did a good job moving between the stories. I found myself caring about the main character, and engaged in the plot. This novel fell short in two ways for me. One, I did not love Scott Brick's narration. I have enjoyed him in the past, but Brick is best when the book is a first person narrative from start to end. This switches off from Cope at times, and the narrator's voice does not change enough from character to character. He also overdid the emotion at times. Still, he has an engaging voice and is easy to listen to. My other criticism is the ending. It was so far fetched that the ending was just too much. Until the ending, though, I was enjoying this quite a bit, and I rate this as an above average mystery.
The writing is bad and the narration style is unbearable. Scott Brick's t
reading is so overly dramatic that it only makes the terrible dialog more noticeable. I have listened to other books read by him, but this is the first time I considered deleting the partially read book because his style was unbearable. Overall, this writer and this reader are a lethal combination. Choose something else!
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Rarely does an author keep me so enthralled. Entertaining narrative and a plot with more twists than a 60s dance party, Coban delivers.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
Great characters, twists and turns, a complex mystery, love story ... this book has it all. The narration was just average.
My first discovery of Harlen Coben. Stands out from many mystery writers, and I have read hundreds. I will definitely look for more work from this author. Even the parts I thought were predictable turned out to have great twists. And it all tied together logically.
Mystery stories in general will never be classed as great literature, but if you want to be engaged for hours in a detailed drama with plenty of surprises, then this is a great purchase. The reader, Scott Brick, is also excellent. Definitely diverting entertainment.
What a great story!. I couldn't wait to get back to listening to it. I ususally just listen in my car during my commute, but this time I was listening to it when I got home. Great characters and an excellent 2nd story line(kind of Law&Order like). Just when you think you figured it out, they give another twist. You can't loose with this one. And last but not least, it's Scott Brick doing the reading and he just makes it even better.
The narration was what really took this book from interesting and mysterious to hokey. If you like "film-noir" style narration, then you will love this listen. I, however found it funny and distracting.
The end goes right up through the epilogue. (New revelations, puzzle pieces coming together, etc.) So, that was fun. The story wasn't bad and I appreciated the fast pace.
One more thing about the narration...it sounded of poor production quality compared to my other audios. (Like narrator was in a tunnel)...maybe I'm picky but it was another distraction.
Typical Coben... But that's why I listen.
Twisted stories you dont see coming. Never disappointed.. And I will continue to listen to everyone of his stories