The characters in this novel were well developed. I think that it has been placed in the wrong genre. This is no mystery. Yes, a murder is committed but the reader knows early on who the murderer is. As evidenced by the title, the characters in this book just want to be "seen" by someone....just want their lives to have value.
Did not find the ending satisfying for all characters.
If you are craving to be pulled into a book, listen to or read this intriguing gem. This book is very well done. The audio narration is excellent.
Kept hoping for a different ending. She did a good job of going back and forth between characters but did not like how it ended.
If you are looking for an action-packed thriller, this isn't for you. However, if you are looking for a good story with perfect character descriptions, mystery and a great voice, I recommend this. I am a big fan of Laura Lippman. If you like her books, you will like this one too.
Similar to Gone, Girl in the story...but also much different.
Excellent performance...look forward to her next performance
Frightening that this could happen...but we hear the news with way too many of this type of story.
The book just couldn't catch my interest. I wanted more story. I wanted more character. I wanted a character whom I could like. It dragged. It didn't go anywhere.
I got about 1/2 way through this book.
Fair enough, I generally read straight up mystery. I don't want romance. I like dead people and a plot to catch them.
I really wanted to like this book but I didn't.
Jones does an excellent job of weaving the characters together in the story. She gives you just a little piece of the puzzle at a time, keeping you on the edge of your seat. You really don't get the whole picture until the last couple of minutes of listening. Consider me a Holly Goddard Jones fan!
During the winter, yes. If it were summer time I should have been in my garden
no, there are much better books that I would recomment
This is a very slow listen/read. The story moves very slowly toward the end, which was not all together satisfying. Things you should know: the narrator takes her time with every syllable and sentence. That might not be so bad if the story development moved at a faster pace, which it does not.
This is also not a book where there are happy characters - not one character is happy, and there are really no life-lessons learned to grow from. It's a mystery at it's core, which comes together through the many different people in the town who touch it, yet the human connections are not deep or satisfying in any way.
I recognize that all of my critiques boil down to personal preference - I am ok with slow-building stories if they lead to something remarkable - however this one does not. I am ok with flawed, sad characters if there is something for me to learn from hearing their stories - and here, there was not.
Yes, the characters were less than stellar people but the author did an amazing job of making you want to learn more about the cast.
Ironically the killer is the one character I liked. He had more depth than the others.
The scene at the end with the brother finding the dog. It was the silver lining in a grey book.
yes- I laughed and cried.