Now I will admit, this book sat on my iPod for more than 6 months. But once I got into it, wow! I could kid that it has everything people seem to want, should you watch the entertainment media (while cynical I believe an evening viewing would prove me true). But this has so many twists that you can't help but start to reflect on your own values and presumptions. And if a book of fiction can provoke that, what more can be asked of a novel.
If you believe that there has been a dangerous turn over the years away from news and toward the scandalous, but still love mysteries, this book is, or should be, a prime choice for you.
Just when you think you've figured out where Coben is going, he's got another chapter--and another--and another!
It is a best seller and it was good. Not great but you will enjoy it.
I hate this book. Note the present tense. For the second time in over 20 yrs of listening to audio books, I quit a book. Stopped at four LONG hrs. Too much simplistic pontificating from philosophical and psychological points of view. Coben does this in his other books but the plots make his diversions a little more palatable. The book is full of filler too. The narrator is not believable. Too much inflection in her voice. Bad singing. Yes, there is even rap in this terrible book!
Yes, mystery readers have enjoyed Harlan Coben's previous books... but this one is embarrassing... while the plot desperately tries for suspense and seriousness (child abuse, revenge, bad lawyer, good reporter) it quickly drops into absurdity and silliness.. the motivations of the character (good and bad) are melodramatic, the plot a caricature of a good mystery... let's hope Harlan Coben's next effort returns to his previous form...
Previous works by this author have been either quite good or at least good, but this one -- sad to say -- missed the mark completely. Yes, there are plot twists, but they are labored & not all that surprising; as for the characters, none are especially likable, and all are uninteresting. And finally, the principal reader here is not someone I would choose ever to listen to again -- shrill, forced, and wholly uninvolving.
The narration of this book was really really bad. Her interpretation of the characters was distracting and got on my nerves quickly - I stopped listening mid way through the book. Since the story was ok, I recommend you read rather than listen to this one.
I thought there were too many twists and turns, I had a hard time putting it all together until I listened a second time. Maybe it would have been better if I had read the book first!