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.
i am addicted to audio books. I always have one on in my car, or on my i-pod when I'm cleaning or shopping. I always have loved to read
I didn't read the print version, so I'm not sure. I enjoy listening to my books as I travel in my job, and while I do my chores. It is a great way to keep up with my favorite authors
The ending, though I had it figured out about 3/4 through the book.
Probably Ashlin. I admired her spunk.
I did get hooked on it in a couple of places and carried it in to the house and just sat and listened.
I would like this author to write more mysteries, and less romance. She is very good.
The narrator destroyed what might have been a good story. I can not stand when a male narrator tries to change his voice to sound like a woman. I equally cannot stand when a female narrator tries to change her voice to sound like a man. Specially a really bad Boston thug kind of guy. Couldn't take it past chapter 5!Might have been a good story though.
Yes, if a different narrator is used.
The narrator destroyed what might have been a good story. I can not stand when a male narrator tries to change his voice to sound like a woman. I equally cannot stand when a female narrator tries to change her voice to sound like a man. Specially a really bad Boston thug kind of guy. Couldn't take it past chapter 5!
I'm an avid reader who now listens to books on tape. I'm a bit late to the game but enjoying the hands free reading.
More intellectual dialogue and and less predictable storyline.
I am a fan of Lisa Gardner and was disappointed in her latest novel. The characters and plot line were predictable and too one dimensional. I don't remember that her characters were so empty headed nor that the dialogue lacked true feelings or any realism in her previous books.
I don't know that the characters needed to be cut. They needed to be stronger and more human. Empty shells speaking jibberish. Even the main detectives lacked much depth of thought. It was an easy crime that took too long for them to figure out. It was strung out for no good reason. The author's style made it easy to figure out who was the master mind.
Found this to be a great story that kept my interest. The test for me is finding myself looking forward to when I can listen, instead of just listening when I have time. This book passed the test easily. I also enjoyed the reader. Nothing is more distracting to a story than having it not read well; in this case it was very well done.
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The character development was quick and good. As things move along you can kinda see what was coming. At the point of epic development I felt that it was a little unbelievable, but I can see why that was by the end of the book. The ending did wrap things up nice and tighty.
Moved along quickly and somewhat entertaining - I enjoyed Lisa Gardners book "Gone Girl" so I had hoped this one would be as fun.