I nearly shut this one off during the first 1/2 hour. The narrator described the main character's banal soccer-mom life in a sing-song voice that would've been perfect for a child's book about princesses or fairies. It was dreadful beyond belief, but I stuck it out, and I'm glad I did.
While certainly not the best book I've encountered, it did explore a unique situation in a realistic manner, and I was glad I'd purchased it. Hang in there and it will be worth it.
The reader did a very good job. But... the story was strange and the plot moved slowly.
I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.
I didn't form an attachment to any of the characters, except the dog--- Reba, who thank goodness, escapes harm, that would have been unforgivable. Usually when I finish a book, I miss the people, but somehow I just couldn't bond with these folks.
The gray line of guilt is interesting... And it held my attention, though not a real page turner- for me.
I did like that they adopted a dog who really needed them...
I have bought at least 50 audio books and this is, by far, the worst I have listened to. The whole plot is implausible and ridiculous. I fell for the reviews...so misleading.
I felt this book was a waste of my hard earned money. It was preachy and somewhat predictable. Though it would seem insane for someone to want to go see a killer and rapist you knew that was where the story was leading. I hope this isn't based on a true story. Anyone who would consent to receive calls from this derelict has to be alittle touched.
This book reads a little like a made for TV movie screen play. In fact, I think I saw a movie or read something else with a similar plot. But I did find the story compelling and the characters interesting. Its light reading--- one of those books you "wait on" until the end and then its over. I actually listened to it twice and found I liked it the second time more than I did the first.
First I have to say, this story turned out to be much different than I had invisioned by reading the description, not sure if that was just the "reader" in me always looking for the hiden meaning or twist. The basics of the story is about Eliza who was kidnapped when she was 15 years old and now her kidnapper is on death row (close to execution) for the murder of another girl, which occurred while she was being held. Her kidnapper, Walter, and his advocate, Barbara, find Eliza with the purpose of trying to get her to "admit" her memory has cleared and now remembers the events of that day differently. It really turns out to be interesting how all the parties (Eliza and her family, the vicitims family, the advocate, and Walter) to the crime have their own unique perspective.
I do have one knock on the story, there were a few characters introduced into the story, i.e. Iso the daughter, Albie the son, Trudy the victim's mother, that had the beginings of interesting stories, but nothing ever happened. Mostly Eliza's daughter, Iso, there was always something going on with her, I was expecting some twist in the story concerning her, waiting for the preverbal "other shoe to drop". Even though that shoe never dropped, the story is still a very good one.
A big 5-star+ rating for the narrator, Linda Emond, she did a spectacular job!
Walter is a complicated man and his reasons for finding eliza are mysterious yet meaningful. It was worth waiting till the end to find out why.
If you are looking for a good story with great writing style, good dialogues and a short read, this book will satisfy you.
This isn't great literature but it worked great on my commute as I could get immersed easily in the combination of writing/narration. The story is flowing and there was no superflous material. Too many audiobooks fail to engage when I'm driving and not at 100% concentration.
This was a very disappointing book and like another reviewer I feel I wasted a credit. I kept waiting for the book to build to a climax and nothing! The story and the main character was weak and I wanted to smack the main character. I actually thought at one point that the big reveal was that she killed Holly! That would have been interesting. Laura Lippman's other books were good and that is why I downloaded this book. I hope her next effort is more engaging.
Runner, Commuter, Dietitian with a passion for U.S. History.
Engaging enough while you're in it but the characters are two dimensional. A week later, I can't remember their names or what little plot there was.