As many others have said in their reviews this in a really intense story. If you can't handle intense drama such as rape, molestation, and murder do not read this book. Gardner has a very intense descriptive imagination and it pours out in this story. You may even find yourself feeling pain for the wicked characters. I loved this book and recommend it if you can handle the stories of pain that is our world we live in.
I can't handle the repetitive violent rape of a 9 yo boy. There'[s no way I am finishing this book.
Ive read her previous books and thoroughly enjoyed them.
I'm returning this one
This is one of the best Lisa Gardner book that I have read thus far. Suspenseful, riveting with several twists and turns.
I <3 Mysteries & Thrillers Not Horror or Gore I like stories that can keep you guessing and sometimes cheering on the Genius of a Killers Mind What keeps me interested is the Role of the Person trying to track down and solve these Murderous Minds and their multi-laird personas Then and put an end to the Killers murderous plan eventually ....
Informative, Haunting, Depravity
yes i was so unprepared for this listen the plot on multi levels a true thriller with deep human suffering in so many different ways .a parent worst fears coming true
very well read and keeps you interested the voices of each character was notably different and at times very creepy and gut wrenching awesome performance
yes it was i finished it in 2 sittings
all I can say is wow this book in great detail gives you a view into the world of a predator and the process of the victims breaking also the victims will to survive in unimaginably depravity in circumstance day and night. How Horrible these children endure in fear confusion and human debasement the predators are pure evil and prey on helpless children it really makes me thank God this has not happened to anyone in my Life personal note however it is just this week 3 victims have be rescued from a 10 year house of horrors and one of the victims gave birth to the predators child a Real Issue and a Horrible Reality for Thousands of Abducted children that are lost and abused who do not make it back home and we never know who are neighbors really are very scary indeed Lisa Gardner Really put in the work on this book this by far is the Best Read of her work yet I will never forget this Book great writing great read and really makes you think that if you think this couldn't happen in your community it probably has and will again very scary world we live in these perverts are everywhere in our schools online in our places of worship and in child care centers worst of all waking up to find your child not in his or her bed after you tucked them in last night!!
I'm not one for stories whose characters are mostly cops, FBI agents and detectives but for what it was it was a good one. If I'd based this solely on my particular preferences [I prefer a much darkly rooted mental sensibility a la Deliverance or We Need to Talk about Kevin] I may have given this a 3.5. The southern setting and creepy set up [arachnids, a serial killer and the deep south] is was attracted me to this story as I've been looking for good modern southern gothic. The setting, story and characters were all there but it did not have the deep seated eeriness that I was looking for. However, I did get the creepy crawleys and had a good few nights of bad spider dreams! Gardner weaves a fine story and if you like a good mystery this'll do ya.
No. I give this story 4 stars overall because I did listen to the whole thing and was interested in the development of Kimberly Quincy's character. However, there were issues that I found confusing that detract from the overall book. If I could I'd really give it a 3.5. SPOILERS The story unfolds from three different perspectives, but it's impossible to tell if two of them are the same person in different timelines, or if they are in fact two distinct people. This is due to the fact that one person's story is read by a man, yet the story of a boy is read by the female narrator who is also reading in Quincy's voice. It seems it ought to have been read by a third narrator but maybe that was too expensive. The abduction of a young boy isn't clear if its a current abduction or an old one....leading me to wonder just who was who through most of the book until it is explicitly diagrammed toward the very end just who the players in the story were, and then we find out there are really 4 "generations" of bad guys/abductees, not the 3 we've been hearing about for the entire book. Don't even get me started on Ginny Jones.
I'm sorry, the name Dinhcara was pretty lame in my opinion. He couldn't think of something more clever than spelling arachnid backwards? For goodness sake's, "despair" is an anagram of "a spider", he could have been called Mr Despair which seems a lot more fitting for his horrific activities. Maybe it is supposed to be a testament to his stunted emotional development. I don't know.
I'm sure I've heard them on other books but I can't recall. They do a great job with material that is generally lacking.
Not in a positive way.
The whole thing was just a bit disjointed, confusing and frustrating. Given that the subject matter is horrible (child abduction, rape, murder and spiders) this didn't help the story. I will be taking a break from Lisa Gardner for a little bit because of this.
Avid audio book listener with over 900 books between my two libraries.
The best way to describe this book is incredibly intense! A very good listen but at the same time almost too realistic! Lisa Gardner is amazing. She must have done some incredible research for this book because it is almost like the author is telling the story from personal experience. Not for the weak at heart that is for sure. A little over the top with the spiders, but worth it!
I love Lisa Gardner's books. This one was no different GREAT. The story line with the "boy" was little hard to listen to, but I couldn't stop listening because I wanted to see what would happen next!!
Well written and engaging, but the subject matter was very disturbing. I know these things happen, but I didn't realize this book would venture into so much child abuse. I think I would have passed on it, if I had. There are no happy endings here, and it left me feeling depressed.
I primarily listen to books in my car on my way to and from work. But this one was SO good, I had to bring my IPOD in the house and listen on the weekends! It's that good! I hope Audible continues to provide more of her books.