I honestly wish I had never listened to this book.
The abuse was described WAY too graphically and left me feeling absolutely disgusted and saddened.
I live to ride my bike.
This is a very graphic story about one of the most heinous crimes in our country. Gardner presented it without the intent to educate the reader or to raise awareness. She created a griping, shocking story of the worst predators - man - to the most innocent victim - child.
If you are familiar with Gardner you know that she has several detective series. Gardner's protagonist does a lot of introspection. My favorite series is the D.D, Warner. The Tessa Leoni, Pierce Quincy, and Rainie Conner series are not worth the credit.These series deals with detectives who have survived a traumatic experience, which have left them with PTSD; that is my medical opinion. Every story you read with these characters is a rehashing of their past with very little detective story.
This story's features the daughter of famed ex-FBI profiler, Pierce Quincy, Kimberly, who is newly married, pregnant, and a FBI agent. Gardner takes a fresh approach and tells the story from the view of the antagonist. You walk with victims as they endure the depravity of a predator and the lost lives they will never have. You feel helpless as the victims are stripped of their humanity and debased to commit abhorrent acts on others.
I found the story compelling, gripping, and at some points disturbing, yet, I could not stop listening. I did not need to know as much about spiders but it did add to the breadth and depth of the story.
Approximately 3 hours into the book the pace accelerates and all kinds of surprises happen. This book features the most compelling antagonist Gardner has ever presented. Out of all the Gardner novels I have read, this is the best! None of her other books compare to this one.
Sorry to say, this is the only Gardner book worth the credit. Now with all that praise, I feel Gardner did a flimsy job with the linchpin of the story. It is kind of lazy for a writer to keep you for 7 hours with a story and then someone has an out of the box epiphany. That is the reason I gave it a 4 star instead of 5.
This book is as so vividly written in a completely demented way! I felt like this was one long a$$ episode of criminal minds. It was scary and a made me feel a little sick at times. But at the same time I could not stop listening. I was riveted and it left me ready to buy The Neighbor.
I enjoy Lisa Gardner very much, this is the only book I would not revisit. Best- that Kimberly Quincy is involved. Least- the content. This book is heavy into child/pedophilia rape.
It would have to be entirely new subject matter.
I enjoy her voice very much, the story telling is excellent.
No. However the main character is a central character in another Gardner book. "The Neighbor" I believe.
I enjoy dark and gritty, but not vivid pedophilia, this is one of those you can't unsee things you do not want to see...same with this listen.
Books are a big part of my life. Happiness is a beautiful evening on the houseboat with a good book :)
What a great story! Kept my interest from beginning to end. I enjoyed the little factoids on spiders but wish the author had kept the quotation credits for the end of the book. We really don't need to know where you got your facts from at the beginning of each chapter! Otherwise, a superb story and narration.