A quiet horror engulfs the reader as the plot matures. Even though you can see the basic story unfolding nearly from the beginning, there are twists that keep you listening to the end.
This is a chilling story about what happens went parent(s) refuse to see their child as he really is. From the beginning Kevin is troubled; Eva's sees it, but Franklin refuses and that fuels Kevin's desires to torture his mother. I really enjoyed the epistolary format of this novel. That made Eva's story even more personal and made the reader feel as though she's reading very private correspondence.
I was so disappointed because this story had great potential. Unfortunately, there is no story, just the character of the mother droning on incessantly. I listened for the first 2 hours and literally nothing happened. There is no action, no plot development, no narrative drive. It was excruciating. No to be fair, I turned it off after 2 hours so maybe it got way better at the end, I can't say.
Insufferably smug narrator. Intolerably pretentious writing style - like going to a minor hell where you're forced to hear the inner thoughts of someone who isn't very interesting. Telling, telling, and not showing. God. Somebody just shoot me now. Why did I download this thing?
An old tech geek with a love of reading, but with limited time. I love just about any genre'. A good book is a good book.
I am not sure it could have been for me. I stopped early and returned it. It was both maudlin and politically pushy in the beginning offering very little story. I also did not like the narration style of the protagonist.
I am looking for a great horror story. I don't want a slasher, I want the hair on the back of my neck to stand up.
The performance was quite good. It could not shine because I was preoccupied by the story.
The performance was good, and others may, and have loved the story. If I could have made it passed the opening chapters I think it would have gotten better. The concept of the story really attracted me to the story.
I returned the book, but it may be one of the best books ever for someone else. My rejection of the book is purely subjective.
I don't know if it's how the book was written or the perspective, but I just could not get into the book.
mom of two
No, once is enough because it is a long story and rather depressing but worth one listen.
While the story starts slow, it does pick up about a third into the narration so keep listening.
Once I got into it, I had to finish it even though you know whats happens, or so I thought. It wasn't one of my favorites but like I said, I had to hear the end.
I am about 4 hours into the book and constantly hope it gets better, so far there has been maybe 10 minutes of Kevin, the rest is the mother droning on and on about her feelings, her life with her ex, all in letters to her ex who I am sure would not even read them, they are so self absorbed.
I have a book addiction and an 2 hour commute, thank god for the sanity of audible
I only managed to get to chapter 4 before I could truly take this book no longer.
The mother has spent the entire time writing letters to the father justifying their decision to have a child in the first place and while I appreciate a broad vocabulary, she comes off as a self centered snob who is only trying to impress you with her knowledge of words. Considering this was supposed to be a book about the after affects of a teen high school shooter and so far its all about the mother and her conceits, I cannot recommend this book. The rambling memories and still not having brought me into caring about either one of the "supposed" main characters, and the descriptors using 15 big words when 2 would do....
I will try something else from the narrator she sounded good but the words she was reading alternated between making me just want to skim (hard to do in an audio book and I'm certainly NOT wasting money on this book in publication) or fall asleep (and considering that I listen while commuting that's not good either).