Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This was a good serial killer mystery with several different past and current stories coming together. The main investigative detectives were interesting enough, however, the story is based more around the backstories surrounding the suspects. Because of a current missing persons/possible murder and an old missing persons case with a similar MO, a group of old friends, that back in the day ran together in the fast lane of sex and drugs, find themselves drawn into the investigation. The Atlantic City PD needs them to help tie up some loose ends that are becoming very relevant to their current case, which is becoming even bigger than they originally thought. Things get even more ramped up when the gangster father of the current missing person hires a couple of sadists that are given orders to find his son no matter who they have to torture or eliminate. I figured out who the killer was early on but stayed intrigued by the clever way all the pieces fit together, the twist at the end, and the strong bonds held between these estranged friends, which ultimately lead them to form very different futures.
The narration in the beginning was a little off for Scott Brick but once he hit his stride he was great. This was my first Harlan Coben novel and I found his fast paced writing style exciting.
There hasn't been a Harlan Coben book I didn't like, until this one. The Myron and Mickey Bolitar series were amazing. I couldn't get enough of those. In this book there are so many characters, some with double lives/different names that it's hard to keep them all straight. It isn't centered on any certain character. The story line hasn't really gone anywhere and it's so boring. I'm still not sure exactly what in the world is going on. It's not very well written. I only paid $4.95 for this and it was still too much. I still have six hours to go on this and I'll probably skip to the end.
Unafraid to read from any genre.
I was a bit frustrated with the beginning few chapters, but decided to stick with the book. I was glad I did.
The story interweaves several characters into a tangled web of lies, deceptions, past mistakes. Before long, two of the most interesting antagonists I've seen show up in town, leaving horrific destruction in their wake. The last half to one third of the book make up for the reader's patience at the beginning - there is heart-racing suspense as we track from character to character, with the mystery finally unraveling into a startling conclusion.
I found the narration to be a bit grating at times: I wasn't fond of Scott Brick's whispered female voice for the part of Meagan, and some of the choices he makes in his line reading, but overall, he got better as the story's pace increased. The rest of his characterization was good.
Overall, a very solid, a-typical mystery thriller. I will definitely investigate more from this author.
I would have appreciated simple efforts from the author to go back and review the book to revise/remove clichéd metaphors used multiple times, and particularly to tie up the numerous loose ends left unresolved. The characters felt like a cast of paper cut-outs (suburban soccer mom, stripper, barmaid, talented yet troubled photojournalist, middle-aged detective who can't let go of a case...). There were also two very disturbing and implausible characters (Ken & Barbie) who were apparently there to add urgency to the plot, but they felt entirely ridiculous and detracted from the book as a whole. Overall, my impression was that this was a first draft or rushed to publication too early for some reason. I have been satisfied with other books by Coben, so I don't know what happened here.
I haven't heard any of Scott Brick's other performances, but I thought he did a good job here.
My overwhelming reaction to this book was boredom. I considered just abandoning the book halfway through, but listened anyway. Sadly, it wouldn't have mattered.
Probably not because once yo know the end the thrill is gone.
it had alot of twists and kept you interested.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
The story was great but the narration was fabulous!!!!
It did keep you guessing but my deductive mind figured it out about 3/4ths the way in.
Scott Brick is thus far my favorite male narrator, everything he reads comes to life, I can envision it as he reads...from the bottom of the well to the soldering iron....
Near the end when Cassy is injured and in the hospital, I almost had to pull over on the side of the road and the ending was moving as well.
kept me listening
I couldn't figure it out and when I did, it even took a stranger turn. Excellant.
And some very good lines: " I will take a side of Lipitor with that!" made me laugh.
This was an Interesting story with a nice twist at the end.
Other Harlan Coben books
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).