I really liked how the book started out, the two mysteries (one in the past, one in the present) and particularly how the characters of the two detectives and their relationship to each other was developed. However, towards the middle of the book, the story just turns depressing. Not thrilling or scary, but depressing and that is not the kind of thing I'm looking for in this kind of book. In addition there are some lose ends which are never picked up so that you are left wondering: "What was the point of that whole strand?"
Linda in Omaha
There were hours of this book when I actually felt angry that I was wasting my time listening to it. Fast-forwarded through much of it in the middle. In the end, I didn't have any feeling of satisfaction in the story, the ending, or the narrator. Narrator didn't keep the voices the same, and it was hard to keep track of which character I was listening to.
I will remember not to ever purchase another book in any form written by Ms. French.
I have given the narrator, Steven Crossley, only 1 star for his performance, but considering the material he had to work with, maybe he wasn't really so terrible afterall.
I am of the mind that there is an unspoken contract between a writer and a reader that the first chapter sets up. I expect the first chapter to set the tone, conflict, and motivation for the hero. In this novel the hero does NOT achieve a single goal set out for him by choice. He's a failure who falls flat on his face and even though the introductory chapters had me hooked, not only does the story not deliver what is promised, but by the end of the book I despised the main character for his weakness and inability to change.
The author never offers explanation for the very reason why I read this book in the first place - to find out what happened to the MC and his two friends who disappeared one summer night in the woods when they were twelve. As if these were not disappointing enough (having an MC who does not change after more than 20 hours of reading and never discovering the truth about one of the central mysteries of the novel), the central murder mystery of the novel is also a disappointment! The murder case drags on and on in seemingly real time, not fast-paced murder mystery novel time, and lacks a single interesting or unseen twist or turn in the plot. I wanted to like this book, but the bottom line is that the author does not deliver. Where are the red herrings? Why have pages and pages of description that never pan out to hold significance? Why set us up to like the MC only to make him out to be the most bland and cowardly character in the book? Why have an MC who does nothing to change his situation? SPOILER ALERT: The hero of this book does not get the girl, does not solve the mystery of his childhood, does not unlock his repressed childhood memories, does not get the promotion, and does not change his life for the better. Spare yourself the disappointment.
The narrator for this book, Steven Crossley, was fine and did a great job. I would certainly consider other books narrated by him.
I drive a truck so I listen to a lot of books.
Steven Crossley was the only highlight of this audible book.
Not a chance, the summary was misleading, the main character was about as exciting as oatmeal
Mark, at least he cursed with some sort of conviction. O' Kelly was not that bad, and I could always tell when a woman was speaking. The performance was the best part.
The narrator was excellent. I will look for more Steven Crossley readings
The summary of this book is misleading, be ready for a truly boring detective story, at 3 different times I actually stopped listening and purchased other Audible tittles. I expected so much more from the summary.
Most books are predictable but this one was not. Great ending
Yes he does. He does this by leading you on but not quite giving you all the answers until the end
It keeps the listener interested but later, the main character frustrates you! I am impatient about stupidity. It was necessary for the story but frustrates just the same.
The actual country side of a country I have never visited.
No. You need breaks.
Good story with double mystery
I enjoy a good mystery. This fit the bill
I could not even finish this book, because I could not listen to the narrator's horrible, too-many-cigarettes voice another second. I totally wasted a credit on this.
What would have made it 4 starts? A narrator with a voice that I could tolerate.
Don't know -- couldn't finish due to the narrator.
Horrible voice, pauses where he is clearly trying to swallow, but his mouth is so dry he can't.
Waste of money/credit.
Good character development of main characters and well read
Changed the ending
Okay spoiler alert!but the book never resolves or gives answer to the original premise which is what caught my attention in the first place. You finish never knowing the answer to the whole mystery that starts the book.
A love story gone wrong and a mystery to solve, an older mystery that never gets solved
Capturing the perp