The story was a good one, although terribly predictable. If you're not looking for anything terribly cerebral and just want a good story to kill time on a drive, this would be it. Except for the fact the narrator uses an insulting "Southern" accent and doesn't even pronounce some of the locations in New Orleans correctly. Her accent was grating and cumbersome and ruined what would otherwise be a good story.
This book drew me in and kept a pretty good pace. I liked the narrator.
This story dragged on and on so much so it became my way to go sleep, because it was boring. The good news is you do not miss anything by taking an hour nap. Not recommend.
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
The ending. It made up for a lot.
I don't think so. I read Dead Sleep & loved it so thought I'd try another Greg Iles book. Preferred Dead Sleep by far.
Yes. Good Southern accent.
It annoyed me. I didn't like the main character , "Cat," from the beginning. I didn't like that she drank too much, had an affair with a married man (an oft-repeated pattern) & got pregnant to boot, wrote her own Valium prescription to combat DTs since she didn't want to drink while pregnant but was fine about laying in the bottom of a swimming pool for 6 minutes because she was used to it as a free diver. I can't see the latter as being anything but terribly bad for a baby she wants to keep. I early on figured out who the real evil-doer was and couldn't understand how "Cat" could be so dense when it was so obvious. I also detested her chance-taking while trying to solve the various mysteries - after nearly being shot on the island, she continued to make hair-brained choices such as openly challenging her grandfather and following through on going to meet a suspected murderer without informing any law enforcement that could protect her. I guess the justification for her messed up personality is her messed up childhood, and I guess she couldn't resolve her behavioral flaws because she couldn't remember what happened in her childhood. I feel as if there are a lot of kids who had similar or even much worse childhoods and they managed to raise themselves to be a lot less screwed up than Cat. The ending was the best part of the book. When Pearly told Cat what happened, that was very satisfying.
I have to admit, I'm a huge Greg Iles fan. I've read all his books and now am "re-reading" them in audio. It's sort of like reading the book then watching the movie, a whole different, pleasurable experuence.
In my opinion, Joyce Bean is without female peers. Her narration has elevated a GOOD book to an absolutely SUPERB story.