I was so happy to learn that this book was a series. I loved the book and the narrator. There are parts that I wasn't super happy with but in general I loved it.
I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book and the two murder investigations. The characters were well-drawn and the story moved nicely. Narration was excellent. There were some twists to the main story but the mystery that started it all was never solved. You're given one lead and that lead turns out to be false. You're never told what happened to the two missing children. I just can't recommend this book to anyone and I'll never read the author again because I don't trust her to tell the whole story. I was very disappointed.
this is a great story, a real "page turner"! artfully crafted with memorable characters and enough suspense to keep you reading right to the end!
Cassie Maddox is wonderful.
This story is set in Ireland and the main character is Irish. Why, then, does the narrator have an English accent? The pronunciations of several places and phrases aren't correct, and that took away from the experience. I find it hard to believe that there aren't any good Irish narrators out there-- it's a country full of poets, writers and artists, yet we have to listen to an English accent?!
I enjoyed the story and characters very much, but the narration took away from my overall enjoyment. Maybe I'm a stickler-- my family is from there, I've been there, and I grew up listening to and loving Irish accents.
I loved this book, the story, the narrarator, until the end. The end makes you feel like the main character- like there is a blank, a mess... I am not sorry that I listened, and I do hope that there is some sort of follow-up, or a prequel, so I know what the heck happened!!!
Ms. French is a gift to many types of readers. She uses suspense to build intricate plots that beautifully display the human condition. This is not a book that you read and forget about. No fluff here. Something you can sink your teeth in. Thank you Ms. French for giving your readers more than their money's worth.
There were elements in this book that were highly interesting and enjoyable. It had so much potential. It drew me in anticipating a suspenseful detective story.
My enthusiasm waned when I encountered long passages that were tedious and boring. Then, there were several sections that were cliched and formulaic. This made it difficult to come out with an enthusiastic recommendation.
Finally, I was glad when it ended. Based on the reviews, I expected more. The reader was good, but it was not enough to significantly change the overall experience.
This is a breathtaking and thrilling novel full of suspense and "real" characters! A plausible story yet very unusually composed. Very, very good! I can only recommend this audio book! The performance is also flawless!
This is perhaps in the middle of the audiotapes I have listened to in terms of satisfaction. The changes to script as we went along kept me in the dark fairly well. The resolution was realistic rather than fairy tale where all loose ends are tied up.
Cassie is superb and always reliable
Childhood trauma never ends as shown by one of the characters so well.
I literally could not stop listening to this book. Great character development, plot twists, interesting premise... But then it felt like the author just got bored and decided, "well, I guess I better wrap this up..." and left us with THE most dissatisfying ending that I could ever have conceived. I don't recall ever feeling so "let down" by a book, especially one that I was raving about just hours before. As they say, it's better to have loved and lost... So I can't fault this book too much for the botched ending. The first 3/4 of the book were absolutely mesmerizing, and I don't regret purchasing it.
As an aside, the book is set in Ireland. The main character is supposed to have a British accent, but everyone else is supposed to speak with an IRISH accent. The narrator's version of an Irish accent is an unpleasant blend of Cockney and Wisconsin... IF, that is, he remembers to switch from his standard British at all. It definitely kept me from feeling fully immersed in the story.