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.
Best: Anatomical references (to chemical dependency reactions, injury descriptions)
Least: The redundant and tedious explanations of things that a reader would normally conclude on their own
Probably not. Perhaps if someone in the Simon Vance talent range read the book, I MIGHT give it a try.
No. It ended with a "twist" that anyone who has read a mystery before could see coming from the beginning. Because you suspect the ending in the first few chapters, you decide it must be a red haring, but the author does not develop other characters complex enough to solicit suspicion.
For a young adult (due to writing style, not content) who is in need of practicing synonyms, fears subtlety, and needs repetition for the easiest of points to sink in.
Also, the reader's "New Hampshire" and "Boston" accents will make you think that Murder, She Wrote's Cabot Cove residents were watered down. Although this does wake you up from the monotony every once and a while.
This was a good one! If you liked Gone girl then you'll like this one. The one down fall I found with this book was the "who done it factor" was pretty obvious about 1/4 into the book and you spend the rest of the book listening to how they did it rather than trying to figure out who did it. None the less this was a good one. I'd give it 4.5 stars if audible gave us that option.
No, I guess she writes mysteries. I really enjoyed this novel. It is a detective novel and the plot may be far-fetched although I read about similar plots in the newspapers.
I am not one to try and figure out "who done it" before hand, I want to enjoy my reading. I did have a strong suspicion about half way through and then something happened that thwarted that suspicion. Good characters, good narrator whose voice you'll recognize.
The Boston accents are a bit overdone - I have lots of friends in Boston, and they don't sound that bad!
I deffinately recommend this book. I usually only listen in my car, but I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.
I think these kind of questions lead to spoiler problems when answered.
This is my first one and I will listen to others now.
Riviting till the very end.
Avid audio book listener with over 900 books between my two libraries.
I don't think Lisa Gardner could write a bad story if she tried. The worst part about her books is that have to come to an end. She is one of the very few authors I actually go back and re-listen to. Even with the change in narrators this book was very well read and consistent with her previous narrators! Fabulous as usual Lisa!!