One of the best books I've read/listened to this year. The characters are very real and the thoughtful plot is completely engrossing. A complete success from any point of view. I listened in any spare moment I had because I wanted to know what was happening. This book book won the Edgar award for a reason, because it was the best mystery of the year. I would say the best mystery of many years. Listen to this book if you love a great mystery with real character exhibiting real emotions. I cannot recommend this book more highly. Mike
I forced myself to finish this book although I really, really dislike it.
The narration was particularly poor and the writing was not to my liking either.
I had planned to purchase 'Redemption Road' but after this one I have changed my mind.
very well written story and well developed characters including Adam Chase, his father Jacob, friends half-siblings and lover. This story draws you in quickly and keeps you wanting to see Adam's story unfold. I listened ed to this on Audible while walking my dogs and commuting. It was a great listen!!
Every time I thought I had it figured out there was another twist
I was moved in the very last chapter. It was nice to see the change in Adam
When Adam decided to take the call from his dad
I wish Janis would have been arrested. I would have liked to seen Jacob do the right thing.
There is nothing to sway any real passion either way about this story. Adam was wronged with a murder trial but found innocent. The town apparently disagrees with that finding. He goes away but comes back. The twists and turns that follow are largely not believable. Or involves something that I don't care about. The explanation for why it all happened (and I won't spoil the ending) is the craziest of all. Truly good police work would have discovered some of it out. But apparently that is what this town was lacking, and that definitely includes Robin, Adam's lover.
Baby Boomer in Raleigh NC. Faves include James Lee Burke, CJ Box, Baldacci, Flynn, Child, DeMille, Crais, Connolly, Thor, Coes, L'amour. Average two books/week.
John Hart uses Salisbury NC like Greg Iles uses Natchez MS and Nelson Demille uses Long Island. He (Hart) is a modern day Faulkner in his understanding of the Southern family foibles and eccentricities. This is my second John Hart novel and I certainly will listen to the next two.
The narrator fits the setting to my ear.
Each Hart novel, although each set in the same small Southern town involves completely different sets of characters. I am somewhat familiar with Salisbury and find the circumstances quite believable.
From the number of good reviews and the book being a Poe nominee I held a lot of hope. I found the initial premise interesting. As I listened on I found myself rolling my eyes with the vast number of clichés and catch phrases. The number of side plots became ridiculous and I had a strong suspicious of the true perpetrator by the second chapter (that’s not good). I carried on as the book had brief periods of a solid theme. Sadly, those periods were brief and distance. The overall theme has been seen on LMN (network) and I often thought oh, this part was on Law & Order and I’m sure this was or could be a plot on Dallas. It could easily be a soap/drama. If the author stuck with the initial theme, focused on 1 side plot and eliminated the catch phrases this could have been a book I would have reviewed as a good read.
And the narrator sound liked Tootsie.
Garden-variety mystery with senseless characters who couldn't be more two-dimensional. A throwaway. I got this b/c I thought it would be a good car listen for a long trip but YUCK. So stupid. Couldn't get past the first couple of hours.
Slow start but good character development and interesting story.
It was his narration that kept me interested at first.
Yes, especially for a long drive.
Good but not great story mainly just because it took a while to get into it. Hart took his time drawing you in making you wonder just, "why is he doing that?" But I kept rooting for the guy which kept me involved. The story did stick with me for a while, worth the time, but it's a slow and steady ride.
Down River takes place in a part of North Carolina where no one has ever heard of contractions. No, they have not.
At first the story and the tone is a bit ponderous. That never entirely goes away and is somewhat reinforced by all the bickering between characters. But the story does pick up steam, which helps to carry all that weight toward a satisfying end.