I enjoyed the two sides of the plot--the story of the kidnapped family and the story of the police investigation. Tessa Leone from Love You More joins up with the backwoods sheriff to try to track down where this family is secreted away. A little romance sparks between the two but not enough to distract from the story. Another part of the story that intriqued me was the idea of being forced to live indefinitely in a prison with no freedom to shower, rest, eat or roam around. Yes, I know that all prisoners feel this way, but this family had done nothing wrong except take their family ties for granted. And the violence or threat of violence day and night against the daughter, the wife and the husband never ended. Each family member wanted to protect the others and took many blows to do so. Ironically, this family had been falling apart before this happened, now they seem to be getting back into a loving relationship. The mother is addicted to pain killers, the daughter is addicted to her electronic devices and has a huge secret, while the father has been caught in an affair and is repentant over that.
I was kept guessing why this family was taken and what the father had done to drive someone to this kind of revenge. The kidnappers didn't seem to care about asking for ransom, so why were they doing this? As Tessa Leone and the sheriff got closer to the kidnappers' lair, I kept thinking the sheriff would remember something, recognize a good spot for their hideout. I still don't see why he wouldn't remember a prison had recently been built in his state. Or investigate what building projects the construction company had undertaken recently since the father was head of that company. Of course, one of the kidnappers was a violent sociopath bent on destroying the wife and daughter because they almost escaped once. I didn't know how that would turn out.
Lisa Gardner fans will relish her trademark suspense and characterization that drive the plot. I highly recommend this book.
Does a woodworker decide what he is going to make a table, no a bookcase, no a wine rack and then reach for a board? Nope. Do you punch coordinates into a GPS tracker? Nope. Does a GPS tracker have a range of +/- 100 feet in one sentence and then tell you the target is 15 feet ahead 5 sentences later? Nope. Author is sloppy and lazy and, was there no editor?
Narrator was fine. No audible cringes, impressive given the material.
Live and learn.
The author is a master story teller. She keeps you guessing all the way through the book.
Love you more, by the same author also kept me guessing throughout the book. She is wonderful at tying in characters and events.
The fifteen year old daughter was my fave.
almost! It was difficult to put down.
the narators perfect performance of each charactor
That everytime I thought nothing else could surprise me the author threw in yet another twist that I wasn't expecting.
When Ashlyn finally said what no one in her family had that they were all pretty much pretending everything was fine after the afaire.
My favorite thing about this book was the concurrent stories within the story. There is a large cast of characters that the author does a great job developing. She kept dishing out twists and surprises...several times I caught myself with my jaw hanging open or my hand covering my mouth!
The narrator brought each one to life- from the gruff sherriff with a stiff Boston accent to the little girl screaming "mommy!". Each one was distingushable without having to be told who was speaking.
I read alot, so to find a book that is not predictable is very refreshing.
Yes, indeed. the reader is great.
The story is unique. I pride myself on usually figuring things out very early in a mystery. This one , I was not sure until almost when the detectives got it.
I guess Tessa Leoni was my favorite. I like what she is doing with her life and her skill and assertiveness in getting the job done. I liked her in a previous novel. I also liked the wife . We get her pov most of the time and she is a very sympathetic character. Honest about her own failings and love for her daughter and the issues in her life and early childhood.
I think the ending when it all becomes clear what has been going on and who is responsible. I hope we see more of the mother in later books. I also liked one of the kidnappers and want to see more of him.
I do have doubts that the villain would be able to fool all of us for so long. I don't want to say more because it would be a spoiler.
I was really disappointed in this one. I figured out who did it long before the end of the novel and didn't find the characters to be terribly sympathetic or well-developed. Narration was pretty good, but several of the affected accents were sometimes distracting. Overall, not happy with this one. Sorry I can't give it a better review.
Based on this one, probably not.
While I really liked her voice overall, I found some of the accents distracting.
Yes, I have never listened to a Lisa Gardner story I didn't like
Lisa Gardner always keeps you guessing
Very easy to listen to, reads well
Loved the narrator and the story is good, but the ending was a little abrupt and unsatisfying
I was about 1/3 through and finding this book pretty uninteresting. So I checked the reviews and they were generally positive. So I stuck it through to the end. What a mistake! The underlying premise of the story and rationale for the kidnapping is strong. But the prison scenes are dull, repetitive and tedious and they are a majority of the story. Very slow pace. Then the author needs to make the big reveal and wrap it all up and that happens quickly and with some flat out unbelievable plot turns. The characters are flat and I found myself not caring about any of them. The surprising twist wasn't a surprise at all--who else could have hatched the kidnap plan? I have enjoyed Gardner's other books but will think twice before ordering again.