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.
Kept my interest from the very start.
Excellent job with all characters
Oh yes, but I have to pace myself.
Lisa Gardner is one of my favorite authors and I would love to talk her up to say what some others did. I found this book good, not mind blowing. Entertaining, not stunning. Completely disfunctional family, I really liked no one or have an empathy for any of them. Their lives were one mistake after another. I was able to figure out certain parts that I am assuming were supposed to be twists, so no surprises there. No one emerged the victor and found the pshyco 'Nick' , a little over the top. I did have the ending figured out or at least a probability half way thru, then 3/4 thru I was pretty sure.
So decent enough, wasn't disappointed, but not high fiving Lisa Gardner either. Some of her other books will stay my favorites. Glad to see another from her tho.
Suspense, Thrill, and Surprise!
Tessa Leoni was my favorite. She was introduced in "Love You More," and it was a great treat being reunited with her again in this book. I love her role and how she evolves in this book with her new character.
No. I have not heard her before, but she was really able to paint the perfect picture. I will look for her books again.
The whole book was so suspenseful and I thought I knew where it was going and then Bam! She took the book to a whole new level.
This was Lisa Gardner's best work yet!! Keep up the great work!!!
I really enjoyed the story and plot of the book, true Lisa Gardner quality! However the word "meaning" was WAAAYY overused, so much that I wanted to keep track of it. But I didn't. :o) The narrator has some context and pronunciation issues I've noticed in the last few books. Using "live" - as in "live concert" , instead of "live" as in "I live here." And lounge [lounj] like a cocktail lounge becomes "longe" [lonj] as in "longe line for horses". I am not a grammar cop but these things interrupted the story flow and were distracting for me. But the story was so good I'd just back it up 30 seconds, regain my thoughts and go on.