I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.
Desperate to find a narrator who doesn't making listening painful I tried this author because Scott Brick narrates the story. I was amazed that I'd never heard of this author before because the book was terrific. Full of suspense, never boring, ending completely unexpected. I'll look for more books by this author.
These police procedurals are amazingly good --- John Verdon is going to be big. The main characters, who carry over in a series, are very complex; the language is beautiful, and there are CONCEPTS, wonderful ideas, original thinking. The crime puzzles are so -- puzzling -- that one is drawn right in. The dramatic situations become believable, somehow, as mystery piles onto mystery. This is not the usual boring serial killer schtick. It's original and thrilling serial killer plot.
Unfortunately, this volume is read by Scott Brick. I swore never to get another one read by him, and it was an accident -- his ever-downward voice makes me think of d-words: dire, down, drear, death, doom. Every sentence has a histrionic, overly emotional tone that I wouldn't think men would like, but he does a lot of men's books, like Coben. He must have a darn good agent! is all I can think. The producers have figured it out and the third Verdon is read by someone else. All three current novels by Verdon are read by different readers, so these are books that have not found their voice yet.
Yes, Scott Brick could make any story better, and he doesn't disappoint with Shut Your Eyes Tight.
I've listened to many Scott Brick performances. He is my favorite narrator. He did an excellent job with this one, just like his others!
One of the things that I liked best about this book is the the fact that the story is so different from anything else I've read. I love mysteries and thrillers. This one is dark and has some creepy characters, I loved it!!
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
This was a potentially 5 star story that was somewhat overwritten into a 4 star. The mystery was clever and well thought out, although I had the villian pegged from the beginning without yet quite knowing how it was pulled off. Gurney is a smart detective, worth following his instincts and process. Where the story carried too much unnecessary weight was with Gurney's long and repetitive inner musings that were apparently meant to give him depth and gravitas, and in the domestic trouble with Gurney's wife who was maddeningly passive aggressive in her displeasure at his post retirement detective activities. Both problems stall the momentum of the story and add an unpleasant melancholy to Gurney's personality. Editing out roughly half the scenes of Madeline's sighs and ironic looks and Gurney's philosophical introspection would have dropped roughly an hour off the reading time without damaging the storyline one bit.
One thing that was interesting but ultimately a little frustrating, was that some very smart questions were raised fairly early on, but the possible answers were not really thoughtfully explored until much later - by the time the light bulb finally came on, I was thinking "well I was wondering about that a long time ago." The resolution did not come as a major surprise to me, but how the resolution played out was clever enough to maintain interest and settle the score. Scott Brick was the right reader for the story - this kind of emotional thriller is right in his wheelhouse and he did it justice.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
I don't have a huge review to write. The title says it all. If you read the first one - Then you'll prbably enjoy this one as well. If you didn't read the first one - Why the heck are you getting this one ;-) I didn't hate Scott Brick's narration - That was good.
The story was great and kept your attention.
Gurney's discovery of who wasn't really "real"
He is absolutely the best. After listening to the other books in the series ... this was by far the best story and the best performance.
Best book in the series. Just finished the last in the series ... Not only was the story the most intriguing ... it was the best delivery/performance by the narrator
John Verdon's 2nd book in the Dave Gurney series is a wonderful addition to this catalogue. I have read all 4 of the Gurney novels and they got better and better each and every book. This one is one of my favorites.
Scott Brick narrates this audiobook and does a good job expressing the emotions and actions of each characters.
A young bride is found beheaded at her wedding reception and after 4 months there is no progress in the case. Jack Hargrove has been removed from the case and brings copies of all the files to his Anti-partner Dave Gurney.
Dave after much thought looks into this this case and once again tries to solve the unsolvable. This mystery is a great example of a mystery/thriller and is like no other police mystery series I have ever read. John Verdon is an amazing writer.
I purchased this book for my own pleasure and am pleased to review this audiobook.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Thought after "Think Of A Number" that this author'd have a problem reaching that excellent level. He doesn't BUT… this is an extension of the earlier book. Read it first… or too many loose ends. K? Oh… Scott Brick's a much better reader so this package is at least as strong as the past book.
Great book, keeps you thinking about how everything fits together. The narrator, Scott Brick, is my favorite; he does such a great job with changing his voice between characters. The characters' voices seem real and not fake like some of the other narrators I have listened to. This is the first book of this series I've listened to (a little out of order) but I will definately listen to the other two.