The story moves at a steady pace but seems to drag and then rush forward, depending upon events. It became a roller coaster ride of emotions and actions. I could never guess what was next! The setting was vivid and the reader brought it to life.
The story kept my interest for sure, but the narration was terrible! I live one hour north of New Orleans and have been to Natchez, MS many times. WE DO NOT TALK LIKE THAT. And, there was every southern cliche you can imagine. I almost gave up.
Though much early writings about repressed memory has been discounted this had the feel of authenticity. A bit too much soap opera but really, how could there not be.
Overall Iles knows how to keep a narrative moving along and keep all the plot lines afloat. I'll read more of his work.
So convoluted, then obvious, and I probably only continued listening because the accents were so contrived and hilarious. It was like watching a train wreck. I am confused by the great reviews it has gotten.
Might have been better with a different reader. Voices were almost comical for such a serious subject. A fairly good story but subject matter depressing.
Adventure and suspense please!
Though I have enjoyed this author's work in the past as well as this narrator, I hate this audiobook for so many different reasons. Let me tell you why. First, the narration: Though this narrator reads well enough and has some clever ways of doing secondary character voices, particularly when they are on the phone, she was the wrong choice to read this novel. The main character speaks from a first person perspective. She is supposed to be in her early to mid 30s I think, a sexy, rich southern white woman. This narrator sounds very old though, like 60 -70 years old. It is not the voice you would expect to belong to sexy privileged white woman. She has a southern accent but it sounds like it belongs to someone who grew up in the projects, not on a wealthy estate as part of an upper class family. Its just all wrong for this character. Some of her side characters she does very well, but there was one in particular besides the main character that was just terrible. Its supposed to be a 45 year old mistress, again a sexy woman. The voice she creates for this character sounds like a decrepit 90 year old. Now for the story. Its so incredibly slow for the first half. Its all over the place. Its sad and depressing, not exciting. As it progresses, the story becomes ever more sick and twisted. Its an absolutely necessary part of the plot, but what kind of person would enjoy listening to detailed accounts of child rape? This is some fucked up shit. I hate this book. It should have come with a warning, so I am warning you - this book is depraved and utterly depressing and poorly done. Save not only your credit but your mind and heart as well.
Great book. Very difficult to listen to as a victim of child abuse. Be warned and prepared to pull an all-nighter.
Iles is a great author. This is his 2nd book I've read. Try The Turning Angel also.
I was wary of the narrator's southern drawl at first. These drawls usually sound overdone and dumb, but she pulled it off. She does good men's voices too.