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.
The weakest part was the plot resolution - kind of a nonevent.
The author does nice dialogue. Draws good pictures of interesting characters. I was intrigued with Eliza’s older sister Vonnie and Eliza’s daughter Iso. Vonnie and Iso were mean. Vonnie pinched Eliza as a baby and did other hurtful things as they were growing up. Iso lied, bullied, and stole. They were a contrast from Eliza who floated through life reacting to things. Eliza was not a take charge person. That was probably why Walter didn’t kill her. At age 15 she was kidnaped and held for 39 days. He told her he would kill her family if she didn’t do what he asked, and she believed him. She had many chances to run or ask for help, but she didn’t. She could not rescue herself.
About half the story is current day and half 1985. In current day Walter is on death row and makes contact with Eliza wanting her to do something for him. We don’t learn until the end of the book what that is. The publisher’s blurb says “a terrible truth that Eliza kept buried inside.” I didn’t see that. There was no terrible truth. I saw it more as will Eliza do what he asks, or will she not, and why? There is not much plot to this book, other than watching the 1985 kidnaping. Much of the story is watching Eliza think about the past and what she knows.
We are told Walter killed other girls. I wanted to know more about those.
Walter is good looking but after a moment of interaction, women avoid him as if they are repulsed. It had to do with him looking away when a normal person would look at you. And he looks at you or your body when a normal person would not. That intrigued me. I needed to know more. I wanted to know what was going through their minds when women and girls interacted with him and rejected him.
Although Vonnie and Iso were secondary characters, I wanted more done with them. I wanted to see them change or something redeeming. If not, I wanted to see them get pay back for their meanness. But that was not what this book was about. At the end of the book, I felt an emptiness, something unfinished, about them.
I did not like jumping around in time. Some of it was ok when a large chunk of time is spent in 1985 and then a large chunk in current day. But jumping around within one day annoyed me. For example. X arrives at Eliza’s house but Eliza is not home. The daughter Iso lets X in to wait inside. The scene switches to Eliza who is at a meeting at school. The scene switches to Walter in prison pondering things. The scene switches to Eliza and her husband that night. The scene switches back to the afternoon when Eliza returns home from her school meeting and talks to X.
The narrator Linda Emond is one of the better ones. Her voice is calm and pleasant to the ear. Her pauses and interpretations are good.
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.
The main character is dumber than dirt. I could not finish this drivel. Don't waste your time or money.
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Laura Lipman's novel is well worth listening to. The plot revolves around a woman who, as a child, went thru a dramatic and emotion ridden situation and now-many years later is face to face with the perpetrator.
She has situated her life around protecting herself and her children from potential harm but this has made her withdrawn from many facets of life out of fear.
Lipman's writing is heartfelt and Linda Emond narrates it with real emotion and drama, with care and concern. All the family members are drawn into the circle of situation that constitutes the plot.
Character development is excellent, including that of the antagonist.
Well worth a credit-it would also make a great book readers club novel.
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.