If you disagree that being fat and middle-aged is the worst thing that can happen to a person, this may not be the book for you. Suspicious characters are often described as being overweight with inexpertly applied makeup as if this gives us some insight into their morality. I really liked the character of Frieda Klein but was frustrated by the prejudice of the narration. I was able to guess the ending so somewhat predictable.
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The central main plot was good, intriguing, kept you wondering; I like that. Based on that alone, I will give book 2 a try. (Tuesday's Gone)
What I didn’t like were all the characters in the periphery. Chloe and the chemistry lessons, the drunken sister, the Ukrainian, Rueben… all that stuff just seems to clutter up the story. I suspect however that since this is a series, the arc needs all these extras to help us get to know Frieda better and give us a view into her world when she is not working.
The next instalment in the series will confirm that theory.
I didn't like the narrator's rendition of Carson's voice - always so angry, he became irritating. Enjoyed all the rest - story and narration. I like Frieda very much so I will check out the next in the series.
This is probably one of the best audiobooks I have listened to.
Alan's character was one of my favorites because the turmoil he was experiencing was almost palpable and I found myself really feeling for him. This is not to say the others weren't memorable as well - Matthew drew me in and Freida herself was such a strong figure.
The narrator's voices for the different characters was so spot on...I could picture each of these characters as Chalmers moved in and out of them during conversations. She brought a different type of clarity to the book.
Riveting all the way to the last word!
Highly recommend the story itself and- as an audiobook - OUTSTANDING! I am downloading the next in the series as soon as I finish this review!
This book has so many layers...I can see how a series is developing and the characters are likeable and real. The good thing is although there are a lot of characters, there is enough development that I had no trouble remembering who was who.
I thought it was great how Joseph enters the story
Chalmers does a great job- right amount of emotion, love the different voices and the accent. I hope she reads the next one too!
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
The story started off brisk with the first abduction, but then the story became so slow that I found my mind would wonder instead of wanting to listening. Eventually, I would get back on track and enjoy parts of the story.
One of my pet peeves with audio books is when there is natural break in the story to accommodate a switch of scenario and characters, the narrator should take a significant pause instead of continuing to narrate as if the last sentence of one scene flows into the first sentence of the next scene. To be fair, I don't know if that is the narrators fault or the way the audio book is put together. Anyway, I had to replay parts of the book over and over to get the meaning of all the twists and turns and many different characters.
In the end, I rate the characters well written, but the story was not appealing to me. That is probably more my taste in subject than a flaw of the authors. I do feel that the writers are worth another try and will pick another book of theirs sometime in the near future.
Uninteresting charactors, slow moving story not worth a full credit. Buy only if on sale. Not certain if I will try another Nicci French book
Boredom. Just wanted it to end.
The pace of the story was too slow, the resolution of both intertwined plots were predictable, and the narrator seemed to only be able to distinguish different characters by increasing the nasal quality of her voice. Overall, it was a big disappointment after reading many favorable reviews.
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This book is written by two people. The intro makes that clear, and then listening to the first half makes that somewhat clear as well.
The first half of the book seems intent on establishing Frieda as a (n uninteresting) character. We are treated to several interactions and threads that have zero bearing on the main plot. They aren't even small side things either, they take up large parts of the tale, are often annoying (the niece) and go absolutely no where later on.
What makes the above worse, is that in the first half of the book, the scenes are often abruptly ended with little resolution and we move on to something completely unrelated. It's not only jarring, but also leads you to wonder just what is actually important in what you hear. That would be great if things were cleverly written to incorporate bits and pieces of all the little situations you're forced to endure, but, as mentioned, they have pretty much zero bearing on the main story.
The narrator is pretty good, though she does all male voices in an annoying nasal tone which can be distracting at first.
As for the actual plot of the story: I doubt you'll be surprised by the revelations, but it's an interesting ride in any case -- especially once the book starts to maintain focus in the second half.
If this book were edited down to, perhaps not remove, but streamline some of the random bits from Frieda's life, then I'd give it more stars. As it stands, it's sadly the first book I've ever played at greater than 1x speed.
Not interested in enduring the rest of the series.
Narrator was ok; just didn't like the story.
Didn't like the main character enough to care what happened.