This writer's stories are a merge of romance and suspense, one might say something for everybody. The romance novel aspect has lots of sexual tension; the suspense novel an equal amount of violence. It is an uneasy mix, and interferes with the credibility of the story. The narrator's timing is goofy, putting emphasis on the wrong phrases, starting and stopping without regard to the writer's punctuation. All in all, an 'okay' listen.
Written by Karen Rose, narrated by Marguerite Gavin, an unabridged audiobook almost seventeen hours long.
This is a police procedural, a who-is-the-bad-guy mystery. The lead character is a medical examiner who is being stalked/harassed, i.e., she finds a dead body while on her morning run. Shortly, we learn that someone meant for her to find the corpse. A human heart is left in her car, another dead body is found in the lot of her club, that sort of stuff.
A transparent romance ensues – no surprise there – like Sandra Brown, et al, Karen Rose is a talented mystery writer who succumbs to ’sex-sells’ and feels it necessary to augment a great mystery with gratuitous and mawkish sex scenes that are a distraction to fast-forward through. From the very beginning of the story, the two characters have internally orgasmic thoughts about each other as they force polite correctness, phony type-a-boy-gets-fluttering-eyelash arguments, and have mucho weak knees and optical intercourse. Get the picture? Another great mystery or contrived romance, you be the judge.
With regard to the audiobook reading, I hate dissing narrators. But … Marguerite Gavin narration is unnatural, distracting. Enunciation is forced, words sounding slurred on occasion, lisped, as if spoken by someone who has had one too many. Male voices are all snarls and growls and the lead female voice is whiny and vulnerable sounding – especially wimpy when ever the drop-dead handsome investigative cop is present. That said, you’ll have no trouble discerning who-says-what-to-who.
I really like getting lost in this type of who-done-it, but I’ll be more cautious when it comes to selecting another Karen Rose-Marguerite Gavin collaboration.
A good mystery that could have been much shorter with elimination of some nonsensical come-hither crap, presented with questionable narration. But, you may think it’s just peachy – there are many good reviews, and many that nix it completely – so, I’m not alone. There’s that.
I enjoyed the story, however it was difficult not to focus on the bad performance. I have listened to other books with marguerite Gavin as the narrator and was equally disappointed. I will be adding her as a no listen to my list.
I really enjoyed this book. Story was very well written and hooked you from the beginning.
Reader was excellent
Tell us about yourself! I started listening to audio books in the 80's. My preferences are Mysteries & Thrillers. My favorites are series.
If a book is mystery/thriller, then the storyline in the first two chapters should not detail the sexual interest and hotness of the male/female main characters. They should be categorized as mystery/thriller R, R for romantic rubbish. The R means some blood guts, gore, an unknown bad guy but also a lot of smoldering HOT dark man character and the voluptuous soft and troubled female character. I like my characters in my Mystery/Thrillers to get down to business, like Harry Bosch, Dave Robicheaux, Pendergast and Oliver Stone, aged with some brawn and recognize their job is to get the crazed killer. Not walk around with a simmering boner for the female cop or medical examiner.
I missed the first 20 min of book trying to work out the narrators speech impediment and or accent and speed of speech. I just don't get why use this narrator.
The book was ok, and I pushed thru the narrator and adjusted to her but it took so long that I missed parts of the book.