Better plot -
Not the genre, but the author
Not Elisabeth's fault it was a horrible story
The non-main characters in the story were interesting and held my attention; however the predictability of the conclusion was disappointing.
I have not listened to other books by Lisa Gardner
She did a great job of grasping the accents of the characters and her narration was believable.
I believe this is book 2 of a series, but I have not personally read any others.
“Pain has a flavor” and that flavor is oranges, at least it is for Libby Denbe. But not so long ago when Libby’s life was without pain, a time when her “picture perfect” life really was perfect, the taste of oranges was bliss. She was married to the perfect man, and they had a beautiful daughter they both loved and cherished, their life together was their dream fused into reality, or at least, so she believed.
Now, that time is over. She and her family have been ripped away from their beautiful home into a nightmare that they fear and do not understand. Their perfect life melts away as the dark secrets each of them holds begins to surface while their current predicament gnaws at them both physically and psychologically.
It is up to Tessa Leone and other law enforcement to find them before it’s too late. But even if they can be saved physically, will it be too late to save them from their past?
This was the first book I have read/listened to by Lisa Gardner. Although this is the second in the series featuring Tessa Leone the story follows well by itself. The premise of the book was something that could be heard about on the news which is not normally the type of book I enjoy because of its modern style but some of the lesser characters were quite interesting and kept my attentiveness. However; What was disappointing to me was that they mystery was not challenging. I figured out the predictable conclusion very early on and was just coasting to the end to have my prediction confirmed.
The narrator, Elisabeth Rodgers, does a great job with the accent work of some of the characters, but I did occasionally find the narration a bit lulling. These parts were very minor and overall I would listen to her narratives again and she does believable work.
I would give this book 3 stars overall (my three star rating means – I can finish the book and am at least partially interested/entertained.)
Best: Still Lisa Gardner's work, kept her bar.
Worst: I read 3 of Lisa Gardner's books already, this is by far the most weak one. Her works are usually full of technical information about law enforcement, in terms of skills, equipment, or rules, and multiple lines in the story -- my favorite things about her work, cool analysis, instead of drama and violence. But this one is all about a monologue of a house wife about her life's trouble, on and on. Getting old and boring really quick for me. The story is not layered, and I actually guessed the trick. Maybe 3 is the charm, and I am just getting bored of a same author. But if it is your first time reading Lisa Gardner, choose "love you more". I listened it many times.
I will probably still go for a Lisa Gardner novel, because I am familiar with the characters already.
Yes. A little too dramatic for me, but I don't blame her. It is the author who gets on my nerve, not the narrator.
Twists and turns are everywhere. You think you have it figured out then you are baffled by what you didn't realize.
The detective because she used her own experiences to solve the mystery. Her back story adds to the story.
This is my first, but not my last!
The ending was a shock and well worth waiting for. It blew me away.
Just when you think you might be figuring out this novel, EVERYTHING changes! First the wife is the "bad guy" and then, it's the husband. It changes every few chapters! Suspense!
The story was horrible, and bored me to tears. It didn't get interesting til the last quarter of the book. NOT one of Lisa Gardner's better yarns.
yes.best book yet!
this story kept you glued to the chair from beginning to end!
kept characters where they sounded different you could identify with each character
when I knew what was going on but the twists kept coming
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This is really terrific mystery/crime/detective story. The plot is a truely tangled web of suspicion and dysfunction -- within one family of three and a wholly owned wealthy business. Loved the story line -- although at one time I felt there were so many detectives and agents and FBI folks involved I couldn't keep their names straight. The only other critical comment I have is with the strained characterization the reader used for the males in the story. Really. Contrived. Hard. To. Listen. To. at. Times.
Nevertheless, it kept my rapt attention to the end and although I thought I had it solved once or twice, I was proved wrong until "everyone" including me "got it" near the end. If you enjoy crime stories, this one is a good buy -- especially if you can get it on sale!