I really enjoyed this story. I found myself eagerly anticipating the chances I had to listen. I liked the performance and became caught up in the characters. It is not a heavy story, but even in its lightness, it was fun.
Sara Henry had a great idea, with a memorable opening line. But she didn't have any additional good ideas after that, and the ideas she did have strain credulity way beyond an author's creative prerogative to make a story flow. If at every turn of the plot the reader thinks, "Pfffft, no one would ever make that choice, no one would ever do that, no one would ever react that way," then it's not well-plotted. It's a non-story, with minimal action, and a somewhat "out of nowhere" culprit at the end. More needed to happen to make this a decent story. Many attempts at character development in this book seem more like building a word count than crafting a memorable protagonist.
As a first time author, she probably is a pretty good writer, and I did listen all the way to the end, rather than give up on it. I wanted to know the outcome, even if I had to listen to the retelling of so much mundane activity.
Suzanne Toren gives a good performance, but her voice seemed to me to be a little too old and experienced to be right for this character.
Loved the first two chapters. What woman wouldn't? You dive off a ferry on the off chance you saw a child thrown into the water from the ferry passing you, and you save that child's life, even though you're no great shakes as a swimmer, less impressive as a diver and you still have to make it to shore. After that, the story sinks into deep snore territory. This writer blew a great lead and set up. Saving the kid was fab. Next time out, save the story too.
Liked the main character and how credible she was. The story had good twists and turns. The ending wasn't what I had expected.
This is the first time I've read a book by Sara J. Henry, and I've already bought the second. The writing is superb and the story complex and well-plotted. The characters are fascinating and engaging. I simply loved it! The narrator Suzanne Toren did an excellent job! I highly recommend this listen.
#1 I'm from the adirondack so I was familiar with the places she referenced.
#2 I liked how she dove right in (no pun intended) and kept my interested from minute 1.
#3 the characters were totally believable
#4 great narrator
I agree with other reviewers that the story started out strong and then went downhill, but it still kept me engaged. I expect the series will get stronger as it goes along. I did not like Suzanne Toren as the narrator - her voice for Troy was tolerable, but for the other female characters is was downright jarring. I'm glad she's not reading the next one.
The opening and initial premise was good, but the story and writing fell flat. I nearly did not finish it because of the repetitive "I cried" and "tears rolled down my cheeks" which had very little to do with the story.
So: not a good mystery; not a good thriller; not even a good sex and romance. Chopped up with "red herring" type of ending.