Avid audio book listener with over 900 books between my two libraries.
I give this book 5 stars based on how well-researched and sensitive Iles' portrays the impact of childhood sexual abuse on adult survivors. It is very powerful stuff and extremely well written. He is truly an amazing author!
Greg Iles has a real talent for telling stories about strong but very flawed women.
The book is long and drawn out, and comes to a conclusion that will not shock you absolutely, but you'd have to be pretty much heartless not to feel anything at all.
This book is, IMHO, a bit of a departure; I generally find Iles' stories to be thrillers of some variety, and there is an element of that in this book. More than anything else, though, this book feels like a peek behind a curtain into a very dimly lit room, where you know that what you'll see when your eyes adjust might damage you for good, but you can't NOT look.
It's not for the faint of heart, and probably not for someone with a history of being sexually abused as a child, but otherwise, it's a story worth reading.
The book was a gem. Gripping and intelligent throughout. As a therapist, I especially appreciated the depth of understanding the author has of sexual abuse and the impact on it's victims.
I bought this book because I had previously listened to Turning Angel, and read several others. Mr. Iles is one of the best authors that I've read. I was not disappointed in this book. It did take longer to get into, but still very enjoyable. I would highly recommend any of his books.
This was my first book to listen to of Greg Iles and I was pleasantly surprised. It won't be my last book of his to read. It had several turns and twist and held my interest throughout. Certainly one I will listen to again.
I really loved everything about this audiobook. I think Greg Iles is a great writer, considering the often trite genre. The story was intriguing for its entire length. And Joyce Bean's narration was truly exceptional. As a Southerner, I was not at all offended by her accents, and the nuances she attributed to the characters were both subtle and impactful. I only wish she would do more reading outside of the romance category.