Natasha R Zar
I think a person who would enjoy this more would be someone who does not like the grittier, more shocking style of Karin's writing. This was a bit vanilla for me and I found myself rolling my eyes at times, mostly at the horrendous narration, but also at the nonsensical "twists and turns" that seemed to be thrown in just because.
I don't want to bag out Karin's writing - I love her and I love her writing! But to make this book more enjoyable for me, Karin would have had to change the entire plot.I found the whole plot of the book ridiculous, especially once you found out what really happened and why. I actually groaned out loud "Gimme a break." when the "villain" was exposed. It was totally predictable and ludicrous, it actually upset me.
Though it was only a small part of the book, I found the way that Karin portrayed Faith's interaction with her brother, Zeke incredibly immature and irritating to listen to. It has been made clear in other books that Faith and Zeke were never close and why. But their arguments were downright immature and embarrassing to listen to - especially when you take into account that Faith is a Special Agent and not actually 13 years old. The acrimony seemed contrived and lacking any real substance but for petty put downs.
The narrator grated on me something awful! She did nothing for Will Trent's character, whom I adore. She made Faith's 20 year old son sound like a total imbecile with the low, slow, dopey sounding voice. Listening to her narrate the Mexican characters actually made me cringe.
I am a huge Michael Kramer fan. He narrated Triptych and I think he should narrate all of Karin Slaughter's books, as he really captures the mood and characters perfectly.
Sorry, Karin! There were none.
Very interesting sorry, even though the end was predictable about 3/4 through. The fact is that the characters were so interesting that seeing the ending coming did not lessen the enjoyment of watching the story resolve. I look forward to reading more of Slaughter's work.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
This was supposed to have taken place in a 48 hour period - there was A LOT (almost too much) going on. It seemed the author took every idea and tried to write it into this book instead of choosing a couple themes and sticking to them.
It was easy to get lost in the weeds but it was not so distracting as to put me off.
It was good. The characters were distinguished and recognizable. It made it easier to keep engaged.
No, it was a typical police drama. While it is a part of a series I did not know that when I purchased it. It is a book that does not require the previous books to make sense.
This book was interesting and a stand alone read. However, it did not pique my interest enough to pursue the series. Not 'creditworthy' but I purchased it during a sale for $5-6 and felt I got my monies worth.
There were many twists and turns with this book. Good story line but again, you need to begin the series from the beginning if possible.
The narrator sounded like Martha Stewart. I guess if you can get past that she is ok but I just could not. I will stay away from Shannon Cockran's narration in the future.
Very good book and classic Karin Slaughter
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The characters seemed cardboard and the "action" too violent, even for a police procedural. The listener was kept inside the mind of someone who was not only being tortured in graphic detail, but tortured *senselesssly* . Even characters we were supposed to sympathize with were disrespectful, amoral, and treating each other like crap.
One of the psychopaths in the book blamed his Catholic upbringing for his conduct, and I found the charge both unrealistic and insulting.
Not my usual fare...and this book made me see why.
Not worth listening.
I found myself confused by the turns from bad to worse. Frankly, the forces of evil got all the saving throws and the "good cards," and way too quickly. The character hooks felt just as "wrong" as the rest of the book, and *nothing* was emphasized *except* violence and confusion
Rated R for excessive violence and denigration of family boundaries by *both* the "good" AND the "evil" characters.
I stopped listening to this book after about three hours because I could not take it anymore. I love crime books, and they don't always have to be "deep" to draw me in, but this - my first Karen Slaughter - was beyond what I was willing to spend my time on. Maybe, if I had been on a really long, intercontinental flight I would have stayed with it, because Slaughter knows how to create some suspense. But the writing is so shallow and the characters are so bland that I did not want to stay with this story. Besides, the author has taken a lot of logical shortcuts that simply don't make sense and are not being explained which to me just smells of laziness. As a reader I don't mind following you to unlikely places, but you have to guide me there, rather than just saying "there was an alarm and when they turned around X was dead" (I condensed this a little) without further explaining what just happened. I will return this book.
As for the reader and the production: I felt that this was sub-par as well. You can basically hear the cuts where the reader had a break, returned to the recording but wasn't able to get the voice quite right.
I like good books
The narrator could have been better
The ending was good
Yes it did
Maybe I would
No dont have any
This was the first story by Karin Slaughter that I have read/listened to. I listen and read.......so enjoy the ability to do this! This story compelled me to purchase other books by this author and I have enjoyed reading/listening to them.
I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!
The characters have engaging personalities in which you want to read on, not just about the case, but to find out what happens next in their lives. Its true, written by others.. read these in order... and these books are ones you can't put down.. or want to keep listening to.. you get hooked and want to devour what happens next. Very well written.. very well narrated.. I like Shannon Cochran's voices of characters , and their personalities.
Dr. Sara Linton and Will Trent attraction to each other. I also enjoy how the author shows both their points of view in the story solving the case, along with Faith Mitchell.
S Cochran has a passionate way of becoming the characters, and you follow along in the story, whereas , her voice never gets on your nerve. She does an excellent job.
This book made me smile by the touching way that Sara went after Will. She finally caught on, his sad life, his miserable marriage... Meanwhile, the other characters like Faith, and Amanda were rooting for Will.. they knew what was going on.. before he even did.
Not only a good book but a great series. I have recommended them to my brother, and to my friends who like cop/suspense books. I was hooked after reading Unseen, and Broken. They are hard to put down and are to be enjoyed. I am so happy I found them. I encourage people who like detective novels, to join in and enjoy.
My first book by this author and boy was it a doozy. Everyone thinks they know why Faith Mitchell's mother, a former police officer, has been kidnapped. Or do they?
This book had me from the beginning. It's an action packed mystery with some unexpected twists and turns. It brings up a number of secrets in the personal and professional lives of the characters. It is full speed ahead from the beginning