I told him he would, but he figured it was basic "chick lit" and skipped over it for a while. Once he started listening, he would talk to me about the story and give me his latest opinion of 'who dun it'. The book introduces quite a few suspects and provides motives for the possible crime committed. So it keeps you guessing. My husband's only complaint was that he wanted more "action" and less of the heroine's inner thoughts. But I guess that's what makes it appeal more to many female readers. The narrator did a great job and you are kept guessing until nearly the end.
I didn't read the print version of this, but did of the last few Lisa Gardner books- and I definitely enjoyed it as much as the print.
It's well paced and fast moving. Interesting characters, a lot going on with plot, but still possible to follow. The only thing that got a little old was the POV from the wife. No spoilers, but she seems to spend a lot of time talking about how handsome her husband is, and it’s kind of funny, but gets a bit tired. In every other way though it’s an interesting story.
I had not listened to any of her other performances. It was well done overall, but in some cases the Boston/ New England accent was a bit overdone, and there was one characters voice, Nick, that was just awful. Like a screeching witch, it’s like ran out of ways to differentiate the male voices and just went with the most extreme thing she could muster.
yes, lots going on and I felt the need to listen to it again to see what I could have missed
One of the most catching books I have ever read
Unusual story - hard to predict.
Sherlock Holmes mysteries - unexpected twists - and then thinking about it later to see if it all fit.
Good pitch, clear, separated characters nicely.
Had many "oh my" moments.
Recommend audible version.
No. The mystery is entertaining, but once you've read the book, all the detail of their lives and the kidnapping would make for slow reading.
Probably. It does have some interesting twists.
She made it very easy to identify each of the characters.
I was getting a little impatient waiting for something interesting to happen but by the second half of the book, it started getting more interesting. It was definitely in later in the book. She is a good writer and can get away with more dialogue. I've obviously been spoiled by more suspenseful books. It did not disappoint after all.
This is always a difficult question because I've listened to so many over the years. The plot line here is unique and the narration is well done; I'll list it in the top fifty.
I'd probably compare it to early Harlan Coben because of the plot twists, but unlike Harlan Coben's books, I guessed where this plot was going. It was well executed, though, so I don't want to disrespect the author or the effect.
She created an audible personality for each of the characters. I was never "lost" as to which character was speaking.
It definitely kept me interested and following along with the story. I certainly didn't laugh or cry, but I wanted to throttle a couple of the characters.
Overall, an excellent novel - just not a GREAT one.
I loved the whole Denby family. I love it in a book when you can both hate characters and also have compassion or connect to them. I felt that way about Justin and Libby, which kept things interesting.
She did a great job with everyone, but probably Libby.
Some people said they guessed the twist at the end, but I didn't. There were clues, but it kept you wondering the whole time. I thought it was well done.
This book was a slog through every cliche, standard crime formula, the woman-police-trying-to-balance-a-family tack, the rich-family-who-didn't-really-have-it-all tack, the gruff-but-good-at-heart ... oh, I can't even write all of them, or I'll have just re-written the book. Suffice to say it was a predictable cookie cutter book that combines all the standard character composites, cliches and language of every other crime drama you've ever read. No surprises. Every "discovery" explained and overexplained. Not a dead horse remains unbeaten by the finale.
The narration was fine, though heavy-handed with the Boston accents. But even very good narration could not have made a dent in the clunker of a plot or the pastel wash hotel watercoloresque character development.
I have zero patience for unimaginative writing. Nothing to recommend here.