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.
Life in HooterVille is GREAT!
In my opinion, Joyce Bean is without female peers. Her narration has elevated a GOOD book to an absolutely SUPERB story.
Well written, well told, and a message that will never stop echoing. Thank you for telling this story and especially to those who were strong enough to let you be their voice. This story is heartbreaking, but someone must tell it.
Narrator's accent was HORRIBLE at times, and even worse when she was reading as the black characters. The story was so good, though, I ignored it and kept listening. There were times when I was literally wide eyed or cringing from what these characters were up to... I think one time I actually yelped a bit...lol great story.
I liked this book but it is not for the faint of heart. If you cringe at all the gory details--find a lighter writer of crime fiction. Sexual child abuse is a dark and horrible crime--add in incest and you have a book that will take you down a path you may want to avoid. I have been blessed not to have any of that in my past or I am not sure I could have finished this one. All that being said, it is a well written book which kept my attention throughout. I thought the narrator was going to be annoying but I grew used to the southern drawl and she was great at varying the voices to fit the characters - men as well as women.