Ms Gardner would do well to pull out Strunk & White's and brush up on her writing skills. Sixty percent of her adjective's are gratuitous. (She might, also, pick up some Mike Connelly novels as a template for economy of narrative.)
Moreover, saddling women police officers with rather shopworn expressions of glibness in the face of violence is a poor vehicle for conveying strength among female characters. The "All I want for Christmas..." mantra was beaten to death.
Neither of the dueling narrators were compelling.
The story itself affords a nominal, if not at times, intriguing degree of complexity, but my suggestion for those looking for a good listen within this genre is to look elsewhere.
Natasha R Zar
I have since bought another two book by Lisa Gardiner, but both purchases were reluctant. Lisa's books are good at getting you interested in the beginning, but then when the "twist" is revealed I find myself wrinkling my nose at it and thinking "really?" I don't mind Kirtsen Potter's narrating, she is quite good, though she sometimes annoys me with her over the top "toughness" when portraying D.D. though I think she is only following how D.D.'s character has been written. I don't like Katie MacNichol, her voice had an annoying, whiny tone to it and I cringed when she narrated the little girl.
Same answer as above.
Kirsten Potter is fine. I think Rebecca Lowman would do a great job. I listened to her narrate Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and I thought she did a great job.
****SPOILER ALERT**** to be honest, I think I would have sent the whole book back and asked Lisa to rethink the entire story. D.D. and Bobby are supposed to be the best detectives/ investigators, switched on, smart, on the ball, yet from the beginning they weren't able to work out the husband had a gambling problem and that he owed money to some bad people? That's usually one of the first things cops tend to look at in a case of murder/ kidnap. They're supposed to be such great cops, yet they were left floundering and falling into every trap set out by the main character? I didn't find it very likely and it disappointed me.
Narration was O.K.
It takes the last 20 minutes to explain what the first 12 hours was about.
This is the first book I have read by Lisa Gardner but it will definitely not be my last. The narrator was excellent! The story kept me going through the entire book, never dull, always turns and twists. Recommend this if you like mysteries and good listening.
One of the best... Got another one that included one of the main characters from here
Kept me on the edge of my seat!,,
Really good book
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I stumbled upon this book (of course I always start half was thru a series...)
and I LOVED IT!!!
This was such a great book, I loved the narrator for D.D. Warren and can't wait to read the rest of the series!!! Waaaaay worth a credit!!!!
This is at the top of my recommendation list of audiobooks to have a friend listen to.
When Tessa realized where her daughter had to be.
some parts made me cry.
Like all of her books you will find yourself questioning everything, but it all adds up for you in the end. Lisa Gardner has become one of my favorite writers. She has never failed me and did not even come close with this great read.
I really enjoyed the book and never lost interest in it...I would recommend it very highly.
I don't think I would recommend this book to friends. This book didn't have me at the edge of my seat, waiting to hear what was going to happen next, it just barely kept my attention. I found myself waiting for that big "ooooohhh" moment and it never happened.
This is my 2nd book by Gardner, the first was The Neighbor. I think The Neighbor had a better plot and a little more intrigue and was a better attention grabber for me. This one "kept moving" but always at the same pace.
I didn't like the voice for the main character. I think she was too docile and boring. I wanted someone a little more rough around the edges. At times she used certain phrases like "ain't" and it wasn't fitting for her.
Overall I wouldn't say this was a terrible book, just not for anyone who wants something fast paced and full of excitement.