Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
No. I was disappointed in this one. This must be an early Tami Hoag. I found it hard to follow and considerably too long. I also wasn't thrilled with Ellen North, the main character. She is so standoffish and fearful of letting her defenses down that she has virtually no allies.
Oh, yes. LOVE several of the other (later) ones I've read.
I sometimes found myself straining to catch what she said. I'd suggest reading a LITTLE more slowly. Perhaps a little more enunciation.
The best thing about the book was the revelation of who was the killer. I usually focus on a suspect fairly early on. This book kept me guessing a bit longer and was very satisfying in that respect. I also liked Jay Butler and found him really appealing. Have trouble seeing why he pursued main character Ellen, though. According to the book, she undid his cynicism but she's such a closed person I'd say he did that on his own. On the minus side, I found the book unnecessarily complicated and convoluted. After the grand solution I still didn't know WHY all the bad acts were committed aside from the fact that one perpetrator is a psycho and the other was an arrogant psycho-sadist??? WHY were particular people chosen as victims? Even psychos have some logic, don't they??? And there were many unnecessary side issues: For example, what was the point of discussing the priest & Hannah's mutual attraction that is not acted on? What was the point of the whole section about Megan O'Malley's being attacked and permanently injured? More germaine: Why didn't the police and D.A. push for information from Josh Kirkwood when another child has been kidnapped & his info could be vital and why didn't his mother Hannah INSIST that he tell what he knows for the sake of another mother & child?! I really found Ellen's assistant's attitude problematic -- if she worked anywhere I worked, she would be OUT OF A JOB. I found Ellen's tolerance of Phoebe's disrespect and poor performance very aggravating. Conculsion: I read that the child abduction began with earlier book Night Sins. Maybe that's my problem - I didn't read that.
Very complicated plot but very well thought out and portrayed. Good character building and loved the complexity of the players.
I am addicted to talking books, but only mystery/thrillers or some particular authors like Terry Pratchett.
This is not a sequel to Night Sins so much as the second part of the story, which was unfinished in the first. Both books are very long and I was surprised by how gripping they were all the way through. Really good.
Jennifer Van Dyck does a superb job narrating both novels. Each character has a distinct voice and I never got them confused. I especially liked her portrayal of the children.
About the story. Well, I felt like the author was told to write two books of more almost 600 pages each (18+ hours each as an audiobook) and end the first one in a cliffhanger to be completed in volume two. Consequently, there is so much filler that I felt like I was treading water waiting for the plot to progress, when she could have filled out the characters and solidified the clues. It took me a great effort and gritting of teeth to finish this audiobook. The storyline of both books should have been condensed into one. I don't like the idea of leaving a storyline to be completed in a second book, but if they had to do it then each book should have been shortened by half. +/-19 hours each is ridiculous.
great story, but I read nite sins first, and don't know if I would have felt the same way without having read the prequel to this one. Enjoy