The story has some interesting characters and a reasonable line. While the history and relationship of the two main characters is and should be part of this story, with every page harping on her eyes and his chest, I got bored. The narrator's delivery and accent was pleasant and she did a very good job; however, the constant high drama delivery also got very old. Except that the ending was pretty good, I was glad it was over.
Much of the book was a good story; I did enjoy listening but thought the end was implausible. I still don't understand the motive; why did the killer kill an entire family? The explanation in the just didn't make sense to me.
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A focus on the thriller aspect was what I expected and wanted. This steamy sex-driven nonsense was almost embarrassing, and I'm no prude. Sheesh. Honestly, even the first two chapters where the "lovers" pretended to dislike one another was so transparent as to be laughable. Double UGH.
Anything BUT a bodice ripper. BORING and utterly predictable.
The breathy rising vocals whenever the heroine was being embraced by her lover were ridiculous. The equally annoying urgent undertones whenever danger hove in sight were no better. Altogether, unworthy.
Every single sex scene; all the dreamy assertions about what a good ASS the man had, his beautiful biceps, etc. etc. OY. Talk about predictable gas.
YES - I'm returning this book with associated nasty comments. :D
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I was alternately impressed and disappointed by the book, but mainly by the writer. She's talented, she came up with a nice concept and the relationship between Scott and his nephew Chase were excellent. The downside; way too many sequences where Lisa got into her own head and stayed there too long. Then there were all the times the author wove a ridiculously long meandering overly descriptive narrative of some minor point. I began to wonder if she had decided to channel Tolstoy; or if like Dickens, she was being paid by the word. Then there was the ever so slow developing relationship between Scott and Lisa; well, by the time they finally got busy with each other I didn't like either one of them. The audiobook is 13 hours and 25 minutes long; cut it back to around 10 hours and it's at least a 4 star listen.
Started off great. I was intrigued and looked forward to every opportunity to listen. I didn't even mind the long, drawn out sentences. Then came too many chapters about the love connection between the two main characters. I did mind the long, drawn out sentences during those chapters and found myself skipping over quite a bit. Then it got interesting again... only to end like a Murder She Wrote episode where the killer reveals the whole plot at the end. Voice over talent Susan Ericksen confused her delivery of the different voices a couple of times but I find that typical with audiobooks. Overall I liked her delivery.
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The story, a legal/thriller/romance, is quite good, with a lot of creative twists that make sense. And the growing relationship between the two main characters, Lisa and Scott, makes sense because they'd known each other since childhood. But what elevates this book is the UNBELIEVABLY HYPNOTIC NARRATION by Ericksen. She is FANTASTIC, and now on my short list of favorite narrators. It's a truly stellar performance.
Some of the EARLY Lisa Scottoline books, such as Rough Justice, but only the unabridged versions read by Barbara Rosenblat. Or the Suspicion series written by the late Barbara Parker, but again only those narrated by Rosenblat.Ericksen also does a stellar reading of Dying to Please by Linda Howard. Similar tension, and similar stellar narration.
Emotion, interpretation, and a true feeling for each character.
Discovering a life not chosen.
This book was misclassifed as a thriller; it is a romance novel. I was bored out of my scull. Oooh...his abs, oh, I have too much skin showing, ahhh, his big strong arms. Good grief, woman, get on with it. I gave it slightly higher marks than I should have because, the plot itself had great potential, but the writing of it was so bogged down in Lisa's never-endingly-analyzed emotions. A waste of a good credit - unless you like that sort of fluff.
Wow, I downloaded this book a long time ago and finally got around to listening to it. Should have done it sooner. What an addictive listen! My ears are sore. The way it starts out, I think I will get bored with it, and figure it out easily, but that doesn't happen. A dozen scenarios went through my head, as to who murdered the family, and are a couple of them still living. There are suspects galore, with a romance blooming in the middle of it all. It's an entertaining mystery, that doesn't disappoint.
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I liked I couldn't immediately find out who did it. Least was the ending
Susan is great I've listened to other books and she always money
Wouldn't mind having a Scott in my life
I bought this on sale - what a gift! Fabulous storyline and narration. The plot had me intrigued from beginning to end.
Thoroughly recommend this to everyone - mystery, romance, intelligence.