I didn't read the print version.
When the bells and whistles went off in my head and I figured out who the killer was. Very exciting twist.
No, I haven't, but if I see her listed as the narrator, I will be more inclined to listen.
The only thing that I didn't like about this book was that Jessie's story was not fully developed, I don't like to be left wondering.
Yes, it worked really well on an emotional and human relationship level. It would have been a perfect story except many of the procedural aspects were simply wrong or so implausible that they made me cringe. Nevertheless, even with the flaws I gave the story a four out of five, and Kirsten Potter's performance made up for any plot holes.
The emotional weight of the story and the superb characterizations by both Lisa Gardner and Kirsten Potter.
The way she captured the inner life of the characters.
It did not make me cry, but it did make my eyes mist a bit a couple of times.
A likeable character. Detective Warren is suffering from lack of sleep due to having a newborn...ah duh, since people's lives, not to mention their freedom depend on clear thinking police, don't you think she should have taken a leave of absence if she couldn't handle it? In real life, I'd like to see someone like that have their badge pulled. Lisa Gardner committed a cardinal "sin" of writing when she had Det. Warren cross the line by allowing her fellow cop to verbally abuse a woman who had been previously abused (horrifically!) as a child and had come to Det. Warren for help.The abuse handed out was painful; I kept thinking, "Charlie had been physically and mentally abused by her mom and these cops were demanding that she explained why, at 8 years old, she didn't "save" her siblings from their nutso mom????"I mean, how is the reader supposed to love the protagonist after being put thru a chapter like that? And yeah, I know Det. Warren got angrry after, but is the reader supposed to forgive the "heroine" if she complained about her co-worker beating up someone AFTER the beating? I am sorry but abuse is abuse, physical OR mental.
I actually did try to give Lisa Gardner another chance as I wanted a series of books to buy/spend my credits on and settled on a book readers seem to like "Love you more". Unfortunately, same cop, same insensitivity. Why don't writers understand, a female doesn't have to be a b*tch to be tough?
It's actually Kirsten Potter's performance in another book that brought me to this one. She has a passion in her voice that makes you believe the story.
Anger and frustration. I was screaming at the audible book and would have thrown it against something if it had been a real book.
They say that a person's writing shows the secrets of their soul, if so, Lisa Gardner must have some deep dark desire to abuse, rush to judgment, and never apologize for being wrong for that is exactly how she portrays the "good" cop in this book.
mom of 2 in az
I've been a huge Lisa Gardner fans for years, but this was my first "listen" to one of her books. It won't be the last. Kirsten Potter used exactly the tone and inflections that I hear in my head when I read Gardner's books.
Yes, the books are formulaic, but the individual characters in them are leads I've gotten to know and love, and subjects that I can care about. Their stories find a way to blend current issues (Internet predators this time), sympathetic victims, and a touch of warped criminal mind that keeps me turning pages and wondering whodunnit. I kept going back and forth between 3 different outcomes from the third chapter!
The build-up of suspense in Gardner's novels is amazing. The psychology of the books especially pulls me in.. trying to figure out who sane and who is not. It's always a surprise!
This was my first book listened to which was written by Lisa Gardner. I knew who Detective D.D. Warren was from a t.v. movie that I liked. Having not read any Det. Warren books before, I still gave this one a listen because the synopsis sounded interesting. I wasn't disappointed. I felt I had enough background about Det. Warren to get her personality, without having to rely on what was brought out in other books. I even liked the bad guy. The plot was good and kept me interested throughout the book. The narrator did a good job a portraying the female non-nonsense "cop" voice, but could have used a different approach when speaking in Charlie's first person voice. However, it wasn't distracting and I would listen to another book ready by Kirsten Potter. I would definitely read another Lisa Gardner and specifically another Detective D. D. Warren book.
I love audio books. As I spend hours a day driving they keeps me going. Thank you great performers and delightful writers.
The books I have read by Lisa Gardner are all twisted and have children that are hurt. This one has more twist that a candy cane....Kirsten Potter did a great job giving the charactors their own personalties...Made the morning drive enjoyable
I’m a huge fan of Lisa Gardner; she always delivers on an intriguing and captivating storyline. She keeps you guessing or at times second guessing. I really thought about what I would do and how I would prepare if a killer was stalking me with a specific date to commit the crime. Would I disconnect from the people I love? Could I trust the people I love? Do you place your trust in strangers? Are they really strangers? I guess it boils down to Flight or Fight. I choose FIGHT, and I hope you would too!
Say something about yourself!
If your child's therapist has sent her home telling her not to eat what you cook or take any meds you give her and your daughter is 16 and then she tells you just what the therapist told her and she NEVER NEVER NEVER wants to see that therapist again, you may need to let a few years pass before you listen to this book. I certainly did. Given the recent incident, I would never have bought it had I known it concerned Munchausen's. The dumb thing in my case was my child's age. I don't think there has ever been a child over 6 or 8 that will take the abuse. It ends when they are toddlers and learn to talk.
The book kept me guessing to the end so it was a real whodunit. Writing was acceptable. The new parents crying baby and lack of sleep was a bit overdone but it was a good listen--9 years after the crazy shrink.