The very beginning of this novel is tantalizing and very visual. Characters abound but they are not developed. And the story seems to ramble. Every chapter sounds alike. Narration is very dramatic.
Then it ends with an epilogue as long or longer than any of the previous chapters.
Fans of Carol O'Connell's outstanding Mallory series will rejoice at the return of Kathy Mallory and her friends in this extended journey into crime, punishment...and into the past along the fabled "Mother Road" Route 66.
"It winds from Chicago to LA..." and Mallory is part of a grisy road trip where among the roadside attractions are the graves of murdered children, a band of searching parents.....and a serial killer. But past and present merge into this caravan of tears....and more often than not Mallory's quest is a detour into her own past, a myriad of dead ends....and an unexpected revelation at the end of the road.
O'Connell is such a wonderful writer, the reader will hang on for the twists and turns on this road trip which moves faster than the VW with a Porsche engine Kathy so ably steers in dark terriory.
I cannot live without books ~ Thomas Jefferson
I've been on the first three chapters for two weeks now and I don't think I have the patience or desire to make it through the remaining chapters. The confusing manner in which the story is told makes it necessary for me to keep repeating the initial chapters just to be sure I'm not missing anything significant. As the story progresses, I feel lost and certain I've missed some critical story development along the way, but sadly I haven't missed a thing.
Unless you have unlimited time and the patience of a saint, I do not recommend this book.
I couldn't get into this book at all. Maybe it is better read in hard copy but I was confused by all the characters (obviously too many to be developed and then not developed well) and all the stops (they all sounded the same to me).
The ending was totally removed from the story.
I did not particularly like any of the characters, but especially the main character. Mallory is not a nice person. She insulted everyone because she thought she knew it all. Rather arrogant, if you ask me. Then she goes around stealing things. Nice cop example!!
Narration was unremarkable. Because there were too many characters, voice differentiation was difficult.
But I just couldn't get into it. Another reviewer (which I read AFTER purchasing and starting to listen), said they started checking halfway through to see how much longer. I began much sooner than that.
This one was a regrettable choice, in my opinion.
My first Carol O'Connell book. Kept me guessing; overall good book. Mallory is not your average main character. Now I want to plan a roadtrip down Route 66.
I really enjoyed all of the different characters and story lines. I have never read a Mallory book before, and now I will read the rest of them. Narrator has such a great voice and one of the reasons I selected it. If you like mystery and several different story lines this book is for you.
This is my first Mallory novel. Guess I should have llistened to some of the older stuff first. It wsn't a bad novel, but certainly not a real good one. for the last several hours I kept checking to see how much more I had to listen to before I could move on.
I'm sorry if the author reads this but OMG! The publisher's summary was nothing like the first half of the book and I couldn't stick around for the second half. What was all that driving around? I expected a book about a woman who has been lost/seperated/kidnapped from her family who comes to these body findings to actually locate her parents. I think I spent too much time (and book credit) trying to piece together the storyline with what I was hearing. After 2 years on Audible, this book gets my worst bood award. Mayben the second half tied all in together and I just quit too early. But, I just couldn't take the driving, stopping,being a hard***, drive again. Save your money/credits.