A Business Analyst by trade, my professional portfolio includes new business concepts, technology, strategy, social business and digital disruption. On a personal side I dabble in a little physics, network science and crime thrillers. A 70-80 book a year listener.
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.
I gave this 4 out of 5 stars because the first 80% of the book was interesting. The last 20% was just too bizarre.
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