This book started out really interesting but just didn't quite hold me. I kept waiting to be caught up in the story where I didn't want it to end but that never happened. It's not a bad write if you like a long drawn out mystery.
I read some of the reviews and thought , "It can't be that bad."
Boy was I wrong . I'm not sure if I was distracted by the poor performance of the narrator, or if it was just poorly written. I will say the performance of the narrator was monotonous. The two main characters growled every single comment they made.
I love to read and I love being able to listen to books. Unfortunately , I do not love or even like this particular story. I forced myself to listen because I paid for it. Don't make the same mistake! Read other reviews and unlike me , believe them!
What I looked most at first was the main protagonist Kendra Michaels, a very interesting combination of high sensorial abilities and, in a split of a second, a very visceral persona when feel someone is trying to manipulate her.
The book was well written. I never saw the ending coming. Definitely would like to see another one with Lynch and Kendra on another caper.
Involuntary Witness / Gianrico Carofiglio
Elisabeth Rodger's voice is pleasant, but her overly dramatic tone is very annoying. The sappy dialogue didn't help.
Reading Teacher Recommendations!
I might try reading a book by these authors as opposed to listening to it. It was hard to determine if the pervasive bad attitude of every. single. character. in. this book. was because of the writing itself or the way the narrator read.
1. Quit using so many cliches.
2. Stop referring to people as a "wild card" (see number 1).
3. Don't refer to the main female character (and other female characters) consistently by both their first and last names while all male characters are always called by last name only.
4. Write plot lines that are at least semi-believable.
I could go on...
Every single character line was read with as much spit and vinegar as Ms. Rodgers could muster. Every single line. Every single character. Every single moment. EVERYONE was pissed off. All the time.
Here's a scene (I believe) was actually deleted from this book. Read each line aloud in manner of premenstrual woman who has just discovered someone ate her last chocolate.
Kendra Michaels stood in the line of the grocery store while the clerk rang up her purchases.
"Paper or plastic?" the bag boy, Smith, snarled at her.
Kendra Michaels regarded him cooly, then replied, "Your obvious interest in the forestry industry compels me to choose paper."
Smith startled, then sneered, "How did you know that? I'm a mysterious wild card. No one can ascertain my true nature."
Kendra Michaels shot back, "I see by the crimson fuzz on your coat that you wore a plaid flannel shirt yesterday. The callus on your thumb could mean either that you play too many video games or you spend a great deal of time handling a chainsaw. I also detected the slightest whiff of pine needles on you. This would not be detectable to the common nose, but I was able to sniff it out immediately. All these things could mean you freelance as a Christmas tree salesman, but the more logical explanation is that you are a lumberjack in your free time; therefore, your interests would lead you to desire your customers to choose paper over plastic."
"You are freaky weird, Kendra Michaels. I find it both disturbing and titillating that you were able to see through my wild card exterior to the true me."
Smith pondered the situation and realized he wanted to feel the silky smoothness of Kendra Michael's hair beneath his callused thumbs. He was sexually attracted to her, but now was not the time nor the place for his skilled overtures.
Kendra Michaels, meanwhile, thought of how she and Smith had come to know each other better in the last ten minutes than most people did in a lifetime.
"Close your eyes, Smith," she murmured...
Well, you get my drift. The only way I got through this book was to regard it as satire, BUT I did finish the story because I wanted to find out who the bad guy was. Even though it all turned out so ridiculous, I did see it through to the end; hence, the two stars for story.
I normally enjoy Iris Johansen's work but the characters in this novel were truly annoying and although the story line was an interesting one it was difficult to make it through due to the constant whining and holier-than-thou main character and two dimensional supporting cast. Not one of Ms. Johansen's better efforts.
The narrator gets all the credit for keeping me interested enough to listen to this book to the end. She is a talented narrator and it is easy to differentiate between the characters as they are speaking/thinking.
The story line is an intriguing one but if the dialogue was the same as that which is in the audio book I don't think I could sit through a movie version.
Ms. Johansen's writing style and her ability to put together a sentence are still a-one; perhaps she shouldn't collaborate with any other authors, that could be the problem here.
Delete all the boring descriptions of boy meets girl, etc. etc.
I didn't read enough to comment
Get on with the story from the beginning.
Concentrate on the theme and leave out all the lead up to an obvious romance.
If I want to read romance stories, I will download a Barbara Cartland or Mills & Boone.
Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..
No. I read the next title in this series first and learned absolutely nothing in this book that I did not learn in the one that follows it. The newer book is also a better read just in general.The characters have been better developed and I like the characters; they are the strength of this series. This book is a waste of time.
No, unless I was looking to find new friends.
There were scenes?
I hope not.