Just got done listening to the Gillian Flynn series (which I LOVED) and was hoping to come across another good mystery when I stumbled upon Coben and his books. I read some of the reviews (which were all really good) in hopes for some edge of my seat suspense, but here, I was VERY dissapointed! I'm sorry but the story was boring.I try to be fair and at least fininsh the entire book so, I stuck it out to the end only finding myself saying out loud "come on, come on! Let's get this over with." I kept having to constantly rewind because I couldn't stay focused at all, trying not to lose any details. The suspense only peaked one time and I thought to myself "all right", "finally" then, back to nothing. I'm not sure if I will try again with Coben, but this book was definitely not for me.
Character-driven, and suspense novels are for me. Not above a good beach read, but keep cheesy romances or poorly written books away.
I've read numerous (9? 10? 12?) Harlan Coben books - Myron Bolitar tales as well as the suspense fiction novels Coben's known for. Like many of his suspense novels I can envision this being made into a movie - and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Fully-developed characters, excellent, driving storyline and as I've already said twice - suspenseful. The fact that I was pretty sure of the outcome (turned out I was right) several chapters from the end, did nothing to detract from my enjoyment of the story. The author is very good at looking into the human condition and giving his characters, often-times, fatal flaws. One of the things I liked about this story is that in my "listen to Audible for days on end, then not listen to Audible for days on end" fashion, I was able to listen to this irregularly and be engaged right away and I didn't need to go back a chapter or 2 for a refresher because of a convoluted tale. This book was just as I expected from the author and that's a good thing. On occasion he has let me down, but this wasn't one of those times. The 2 main "evil-doers" are horrid and I was tempted to skip past a few sections involving them and their "interviewing" techniques, but didn't. I think in many instances it was more what wasn't said, than what was, and unfortunately my imagination went into overdrive. There are some cliched sections, but again, this didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. I could easily have given this 5 stars overall based on my expectations from Coben and his type of story, but decided to go with 4 since I prefer to use 5 for mostly perfect ones. I'll just leave it at "this is the best for this genre." Scott Brick as narrator - excellent job, simply put. He does it just right. Not over-the-top and doesn't try to do female voices (I really hate that). This would have been a great beach listen (at least for me).
This book had a lot of twists and turns. Overall is was a great book. Scott Brick is the best! I look forward to more of Harlan Cohen's books.
Scott Brick is the best in the biz!
Say something about yourself!
And not all that well read considering what a huge fan of Scott Brick's readings I usually am. Maybe it's the writing ... I suppose you can only do so much. It's a weak story, not particularly suspenseful or interesting. Don't bother.
This book was awful. It was terribly predictable. The author's lack of investigative process is evident and the book was waste of time.
I am a full time student. I love to read but have no time to read for fun; audible is the perfect solution to that.
I don't know it this story is any good cause the narrator is putting me to sleep.
yes, it is entertaining.
No. Believe it or not. This is my first thriller book.
This book keeps me involved. It made the 40 mins + commute easier.
I agree with the other posters here that the "ick" factor was excessive and unnecessary. Not sure why it was necessary for the writer to include that particular aspect since the device did not result in any real assistance to solving the crime(s). The two weirdos were used like a red herring, maybe to divert the reader from discovering the true perpetrator.
For me, I sort of "knew" 2/3 thru who was heading up the myriad disappearances. You will too. It's okay, though since you won't be quite sure. The ending is a bit trite. All the explanations and justifications for lifetimes of disappointment, fear, revenge and uncertainty.
The text was good; deep and satisfying. The primary characters mostly believable -- especially Ray Levine. Megan was too dippy to have been who she used to be and her husband way too tolerant.
Left unfinished were the punishments meted out to the people who set the weirdos on the prowl, but other than that, mostly satisfying, understandable, and 75% believable. This won't deter me from another Coban story -- I have liked others of his before -- but I will pay close attention to reviewers who cite the stuff that (for no apparent reason) is included to make me squirm. I can take horror and gore, if it serves a purpose. Here, I don't feel it served anything but an appeal something I can't quite recall. It reminds me of something I've read -- like in Preston & Child, or another series. I am hoping this wasn't a copy-cat effort to compete with the likes of P&C.. there is no way to beat those two at their game.
Harlan Coban should stick to what he does best. If he needs torture and horror, I hope it is better justified in future books.
In all, I liked it. It kept me "turning the page," and I only laughed a few times at improbable scenarios.
The suspense and action.
Yes, because it kept you wanting to know what was going to happen next.
Yes, when Cassie against everything to be honest with her husband.
It's an excellent book
It might just be me, but I cannot stand the reading of Scott Brick, the narrator. Everything he reads sounds the same and he has no ability to modulate his voice based on the content he is reading. I listened to him perform one of Brad Metzler's novels and barely tolerated it, but the story was so good I didn't want to stop. I recently returned another Metzler audiobook once I discovered this same performer. And now again. From now on I will pay closer attention to who the narrator is prior to purchasing. I did not listen to enough of the book to even rate the content.