This was a wonderful book. It was a bit slow at first but an awesome read! Loved the way the O'Malley's and other characters from other books were weaved into the content of Full Disclosure!!
I enjoyed this book to a point. I found the female character rather selfish and unwilling to compromise, while the male character made the majority of the changes to make the relationship work. The author actually based the female lead on herself, going so far as having her be the author of her past books, then having the other characters talk about what a great writer she is. I believe humility goes a long way, and while false modest is also annoying, this went way over the mark in self congratulations, IMO. I'm honestly not sure how I felt about the book. The female lead's (author) kept talking about what an exceptional person and great friend she was, yet I saw little of those chacteristics in the development of her in the book. The male lead decided he wanted to marry and seemed willing to do all the work and giving in the relationship. Frankly, I would not want either as friends.
Henderson's female protagonist (Ann Silver) was unreal. I felt like the author couldn't decide what jobs, or hobbies Ann should have so she just threw it all in the mix. Yes, this is a work of fiction, but it's not Science Fiction, so the characters should at least be somewhat believable. Ann acts like some kind of person with multiple personalities. Paul (male protagonist) also seemed shallow and without depth. In addition to the bad character development of Ann and Paul, Henderson alludes to characters from her O'Malley series books, but she can't get their names correct. Kate who is married to an FBI agent named Dave, who knows Marcus and Quinn from the U.S. Marshall's office should have the last name of Richman, not Sinclair. At the very least let her keep her maiden name of O'Malley.
(1) This is not the first glaring mistake I have found in Dee Henderson's work. She should find someone who can go over her work with a fine tooth comb to catch these mistakes. (2) She could spend more time developing her characters, instead of just giving them all the desireable traits she wishes on herself.
I liked the way David de Vries read the story with inflection and tone variation for each character. Unfortunately all his hard work was overshadowed by the fact that he just couldn't raise this dying plot and make it live.
I would cut everything but the most basic skeleton of the plot and ask the author to go back to the writing table and try again.
I was very disappointed that I actually had to pay money for this book. I expected more from Dee Henderson.
I guess I was taken aback by the two men analyzing the qualities of Ann Silver while one of them was deciding whether or not to call her for a date. He actually asked his friend if Ann had 'ever been with a man'. My jaw dropped. Then the friend said 'no, but I won't say why she told me'. So jaw dropped further.
No mention whether the man had been with another woman. These people are in their mid-30's and living in an age of supposed social equality. That small interaction is totally unacceptable to me.
I usually enjoy these books. Maybe the author felt it was appropriate. It ruined the rest of the book for me because I could not stop thinking of that intrusive and totally unacceptable question. What if the friend hadn't known? Would the man ask Ann or just pass her by?
Geesh, maybe in the 19th century, not the 21st.
I am a hospice chaplain. I find reading difficult, however, audio books have truly been a blessing. I especially enjoy historical biography
What a strange heading but one of the greatest aspect of this book is the sanctity of Biblical Marriage. I loved how several plots were interwoven together. All of the characters were very well developed . The energy level of the characters is literally transferred to the reader. The mystery was well kept. The love story causes one to greatly desire the same in your own marriage. This is a great read!
We loved the book's depth of characters and story line. We will listen again in a year or so and look forward to catching the nuances that we missed this time.
Paul Falcon is our favorite character. He provides a great balance of street smart cop and tender, patient, caring individual.
Not that we are aware of. David did an excellent job with a diverse group of characters. We look forward to hearing him again.
The moment of their first kiss was anticipated and unexpected. Well done!
We really enjoyed the connection with the rest of the O'Malley series.
I really wanted to enjoy this book. There were times when it was all right, but so many more instances when the performer missed the mark. When the Anne character first appeared, his interpretation of her voice and manner of speaking put me in mind of a middle-aged woman. For me, the performance was just "off."