I absolutely could not put this book down. Amazing on all levels. Would have appreciated a chapter name when changing characters. Will probably listen to this again with a list of the cast of characters if I can find one. A little difficult to follow in audio form but worth the mind stretch. It would be nice if audio books in general had a cast of characters list at the beginning.
I would give this novel 10 stars if they were available. Coven has such a wonderful way of linking the story together with all of the characters involved. I just started reading Coben's novels at the advice of a co-worker and will continue with listening to more.
Scott Brick's overly dramatic narration makes it extremely difficult to follow the story line. The narration becomes more important than the characters and the plot. I knew this about Scott Brick, but was lured in by the sale, and by the fact that he narrated Orphan X without all the drama and I actually enjoyed it. If Scott Brick annoys you, don't get this one!
I think the writer is very good and I can understand why he is popular. It just wasn't quite my style. I found it a little too introspective and short on plot. But I could see how some other people might actually be attracted to the story because of those exact things. So as I say it's just not my style of book.
I've read a lot of Cobin books And listened to numerous audio books written by him. This had to be one of my favourites so far. The narrator was amazing, the book was amazing, overall a great listen. It made the 15 Hour Drive go by quickly.
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
I cared for the characters - the little girls, Jill & Yasmin. Yasmin's father, Guy Novak, who just wanted to protect his daughter. Loren Muse, the chief investigator -- are there more books with her character? (I hope so because she is fabulous.) Mike Baye, the dr & ex-hockey player, who just wanted to protect his son. Reba Cordova who was willing to get into the van doubtless realizing what would be her fate when the strange man threatened her daughter. Susan Loriman, whose son was dying; Betsy Hill, whose son had committed suicide. I cared and felt such sympathy... Even for Mr. Lewiston, initially, though not for his wife Dolly... Tia didn't thrill me until she confronted Nash and he recognized her as his biggest threat--then she rose to heroic proportions. Even minor characters charmed me - Anthony, the bouncer, & Hester Crimstein, Tia's fire-breathing boss (I would want her as my lawyer!).
Good grief yes. Mary Ann, Reba, Mike, Tia, Guy, Adam, Jill, Jasmine were all confronted with the threat of death at various points (some multiple times) and some were lost. It was a totally wild roller coaster ride. And not life-and-death but career death was what Loren Muse faced, and I thought the scene where she confronted Tremont and his cronies in the office of Cope, her boss, was spectacular. Likewise Hester Crimstein's riding (doubtless on a broom!) to the rescue of Mike Baye when he was being questioned by federal agents. (I REALLY want her as my lawyer! She is like a slightly older but less glamorous version of Bebe in Frasier!)
I always like Scott Brick's performances. They're dependably good.
I hate this question because I never know how to answer it. This book was so complex and had such a miscellany of plots woven together so amazingly well.."Murder, a Monster, and a Misunderstanding?"
The graphic violence at the start of this book was so intense I put it aside for months. When I started it again & remembered it & why I had stopped, I pretty much made the decision NOT to buy another Harlan Coben book because they are so UNCOMFORTABLE to read. People are in such terribly apparently hopeless situations and when you throw in graphic violence on top of that, it's just too much. As it turned out, the book was EXCELLENT. I will buy another Coben book--already have, but a Myron Bolitar (a lot less scary!). Sure wish it hadn't started with such effectively bone-chilling action.
This was my first Coben. Definitely won't be the last! Great story very entertaining. Had me guessing nonstop. Scott was great and was not over dramatic or too loud. I listen through speakers while cleaning my house. Finished in two days, must sleep. I had to force myself to shut it off. No bad review here! Go for it, you'll love it!