Great story. Incredible writer. This is a character(s) driven story more than action. Unusual plot and written from a amoral point of view. Really liked it. Look forward to more from writer.
My one criticism is that the story keeps going back and forth over a 2 or 3 year period. In the written form of the book these delineations are probably separated by spacing between paragraphs. This creates a problem when it is being read because you have no idea sometimes or at first if the story has shifted to a different period in time. Wish there was a way to let the listener know this so we are not left guessing or lost sometimes.
Maybe it was listening to this book vs. reading it. But I listened to it at 2x to get though it as quick as possible. I read this for my book club so felt I had to finish it. Maybe it needs to be read so you can figure out which time period she is talking about!
Something I pick and not chosen by my book club.
Maybe more of a pause when switching to a different time period.
All of them!
I really did not enjoy this book at all, I did not like the ending either.
Oh my goodness, this was a great spy story! There were so many twists and turns and I kept reconsidering who was good and who was bad in the story. The narration was quite good to keep all the characters believable. The plot.....ex-CIA, the FBI, a secretive husband, cyber theft, banking (sort of).....it had it all. I highly recommend this one!
I LOVE Audible
The style of this story is that it switches from timeframe to timeframe, from a listener's perspective it is very difficult to keep straight what is happening 'now' v.s. past v.s. future. the story is very interesting, but the jumping around in time is difficult to follow.
I finished the story, but had to rewind A LOT.
I love a good story and being able to broaden my literary horizons especially while I do my day to day mundane functions.
I read reviews of this book and thought it would be worth a credit. I tend to listen to books in the car to make my commute more tolerable, in this case it made it more stressful. This book constantly jumps from the present to the past. It happens so often and with such poor description you often find yourself trying to figure out when what your currently listening to takes place in the novel. There is no warning and no description to help you clarify its poorly put together. The plot is decent but I would not recommend this as a listen unless you pick it up for a good sale price since its definitely not worth a credit.
The final scene where all is pretty much revealed
Kate was very well done. I really connected with her.
This was a great book but the flittling back and forth in time made it difficult to listen to. The reader did a good job of catching the mood but it might be a book that is better read than heard.
The writing and the narration was great. Pavone's attention to detail and great dialogue, as well as the back and forth between the past, present, and future, kept me hooked till the end.
The dialogue and the heroine, Kate. The details about expat life were fabulous...I have lived abroad for most of my adult life and, while it is not as exciting as in the book, I definitely noticed things I could relate to.
The plot was also well thought out and crafted.
Kate was my favorite.
Too many secrets.
I was not crazy about the ending. The build up was so great, and I loved the final confrontation...not sure how it should have ended, but I was a bit disappointed in the way it did. That is the only reason I am giving it a four instead of five stars.
Really enjoyed this read. The main character is very well developed which allows the reader to really become engrossed. The story is crazy far fetched, but that is part of the appeal, I think. A great book if you enjoy espionage and are dubious of marriage.
Of note, I totally did not guess the ending. I love a book that catches me off guard. Fantastic first book from Pavone.
This was a great story, and the narration was good, but it was sometimes hard to follow because the author jumped back and forth in time, and because it all took place in a relatively small area in Europe, I wasn't always sure what time period we were in. Aside from that, the author is extremely creative and wove a story that was hard to stop listening to! It could have just been "operator error" because there were times it really took some concentration to follow the storyline.
I bought this book because I read a very positive review in Smithsonian and it fits my preferences for "spy" stories. I find it extremely slow with annoying, not clever, juxtaposition of timeframes. The reading is flat and I find it monotonous. I'm 30% in and I don't think I can stand to listen through to the end.