I really enjoyed this book. The book spans from the time the protagonist was a teen to her thirties. The majority of the book uses the format where there is a chapter in the present followed by a chapter in the past. The only reason that I give the story 4 stars is because sometimes it was confusing to know if the story being told was in the past or present. I probably was not paying close enough attention. Based on other people's reviews, I would guess that if you have a strong moral objection to prostitution this book is not for you. The book does not glamorize prostitution or have explicit sexual scenes, but it does play a large part in the protagonist's story. Overall, great book that I could not stop listening to.
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Well written mystery. The plot moved at a good speed and switched between the present and past with ease. I couldn't stop listening and couldn't wait to figure it all out.
Great Narration. Linda Emonds was able to read both male and female voices without sounding phony or silly. Her voice really added to the story
Heloise is portrayed a smart, single mother running a very successful business - which makes it difficult to understand why the author then portrays her as a horrible judge of character who gave no thought to the day she could no longer....participate...in her own business and have to retire. In her line of business, Heloise must be a good judge of character to survive, and always be ready for what might happen next. When you discover she has been duped by those she trusts, and has no exit plan to quit her business after she (and her son) reach a certain age, it makes absolutely no sense.
I enjoyed the detail surrounding the business end of Heloise's "escort" service and appreciated that the author was able to portray this character without going into detail about the "dates" themselves. The background story as to how she got where she was in life was the backbone to the story - if she had not been portrayed so counter to character toward the end I would have rated this book much higher.
I really enjoyed the narrator's voice. Looking forward to hearing more work she's done.
This is my first book from this author but I intend on listening more now that I've listened to this one.
I really enjoyed her voice. Not too much inflection but not too boring and she differentiates characters well without trying too hard.
I thought some things were unrealistic but sometimes even the truth is unrealistic.
Laura Lippman is not a new writer but this is the first of her books I have either read or listened to. I will find others. The story was interesting and engaging. The characters were believable though outside my frame of reference. The performance was excellent.
I was very happy to discover Laura Lippman. She is an excellent writer, tells a good story, and sends an intelligent message. Easy reading. Not intellectual, but a real pleasure. The narrator was very good.
Could not identify in any way with Heloise...totally unsympathtic character, whined about the choices she made. She ran a highly successful escort service and then whined through the book about not getting any respect! Just annoying. I have read and enjoyed other Laura Lippman's books but not this one.
Nothing per se. It was average quality. Worth the credit but nothing I'll 'read' again.
Unremarkable. By the time it ended I was getting a little bored with it.
I think she captured the essence of the character well.
Fairly well written, good characters, some funny notes and side plots. Not difficult to listen too, good for workouts and walks.