It was riviting and morbid. I love scary stories...the more gruesome the better. This was so horrific that I was afraid to finish it at one point. Of course I had to though!
The female cops! Thank God I live in the 21st Century!
She is a good narrator. But I feel she could have done a bit more. Not bad though.
The birthing. UGH!
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
How this book ever got past a publisher's review is beyond me. I realize this is an uncharitable review, but my purpose is to simply spare others. All of the charitable reviews for this book seem to come from women. So it may be a case of male negative bias, but my criticisms do not stem from the gender issues. This writer has taken on way too many characters in this story. I found myself needing a pre printed program of the names and their relationships to the story line. The flashbacks are often awkward, poorly placed and gimmicky. The story line is predictable and juvenile. I could go on, but it...as well as the read...would be a total waste of time.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Grady Memorial Hospital, slums of Atlanta, drugs and poor little rich girls gone bad . . . and the scum of the earth that use them, abuse them . . . If you've ever been in and around Atlanta, you will recognize these places and the faceless women that haunt the "red light district". Even their own families wash their hands of these girls. This audiobook is chilling, frightening and like another listener said, best anti-drug campaign ever. It's more though. It's tough love, healing from the worst of circumstances. The book has so many twists and turns; it's a great listen. Don't miss it.
Listen to a lot of audio books driving across the wide open spaces of Nevada during monthly 450 mile trips to and from Las Vegas.
Thought the story and the writing were great. Should have just read the book rather than listen to the audio. Kathleen Early was completely disconnected from what she was reading and constantly, constantly placed the emphasis on the wrong part of the sentence. It was annoying, to say the least, but I really did enjoy the whole story despite Early.
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
This was my first Karin Slaughter book, so I did not know the characters. My guess is that if I had started with "book one" of the series, it might not have been so difficult for the first several hours. After getting the timelines sorted out and the "who's who" understood, the book became very interesting and engaging with an interesting plot and lots of suspense. Overall, it was good enough that I am now starting the entire series with book one. The reading was well done.
Totally addicted to Audible.
I really wish Audible had a 10 point rating system because this would have been a 9. I hated to see it end and hope to see the next book pick up where this one left off. Well worth the credit.
Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.
During the late 1970's and early 80's my wife was the chairperson of the NOW chapter in two different communities, one of them an epi-center for the ERA struggle just south of the Georgia border. I marched with her and remember those days with great affection and pride. So it is very disappointing to me that this story, which is partially set in Atlanta during the days when women were first struggling to gain a toehold in police departments around the country, was so lacking in so many ways.
After several hours of painfully slow character and relationship exposition, much of it reminiscent of poorly written romance novels, I almost gave up and put it away, but I pressed on, hoping for improvement. While the plot finally came on-line and managed to engage me slightly, the writing was heavily larded with the most obvious of cliches and over-burdened with pop culture allusions meant to recreate the period. If you have a favorite TV show, recording artist or television commercial from those days, you may listen with complete confidence that it will pop up at some point as Slaughter works her way through what I am sure was an actual list of "evocative" details she had compiled. It was ludicrous.
Finally, since I found the narration flat and inexpressive, I realized that this was exactly the sort of instance for which the 2X setting on my iPod had been designed. For the first time ever, I used it. While this happened at a point more than halfway through the book, it did get me to the end of the marginally interesting plot more quickly, and that was a blessing.
Anyone who has read James Lee Burke's brilliant novels knows that, in the hands of a fine writer, social commentary can work wonderfully well in crime fiction. In this case, however, a really good concept fell victim to the unrelentingly pedestrian prose.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
I usually wait until I finish a book before rating/reviewing it but I thought I should let folks know that if you downloaded the free sample and were less than impressed (as I was), don???t let that dissuade you. I???m about two hours into the story and it???s riveting.
Have a Boomerang Millenial Daughter. We like her, she likes us so, nice to have her back. Both my Husband and I are Proud USN Veterans.
I agree, it was longer than it needed to be, but I did enjoy it. Some found fault with switching from the 70's to present time but I didn't mind. It was nice to learn how the women intersected all those years ago and to find out who was the lady in the white hat.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
This addition to the series was structured around Will Trent's boss, Amanda and when she was first promoted to detective. In the beginning of her career, in the 70's, she was faced with quite a battle, blazing a trail against the chauvinistic, boys club that made up her department. Her first big case was one that no one wanted and thought not to be much of a case at all, until she started connecting multiple, torturous murders of local prostitutes. The story line jumps back and forth from the 70's to current day, surrounding the old serial killer case and a new body with the exact same torturous markings. Amanda is thrown right back into the middle along with all of the nightmarish memories that accompanied the first gruesome case. The investigation gets very complicated, when confusing new evidence is made available through DNA technology. An interesting twist takes us back to Will's first bizarre encounter with Amanda and new information is revealed about his cryptic childhood that surprises everyone.
The ending was very unexpected when a time old mystery is uncovered and solved. I'm glad that in this addition to the series, the story did not dwell on Will's ex (Angie), she wast peppered throughout but not prevalent. Kathleen Early did a good job narrating and kept the story moving along at a good pace.