The performance was over acted, the plot wasn't bad but it was over written. Many parts were repeated unnecessarily.
Live in Cocoa Beach Florida. Am a videographer and photographer.
This book is packed with interesting twist and turns. The main character, a college professor acts more like a love sick teenager. Technically the book is well written but I feel the character development lacks a great deal. It is a romance novel, short and simple. I did not expect that. I think younger and more romantic inclined readers might enjoy this book more than I did.
The lead character acted like a love sick teenager.
No one with a brain.
There is nothing to recommend about this dreck. The 'hero' is a mentally unbalanced, obsessive delving into something that is none of his business. The plot is contrived, the story is annoyingly stupid and the way this loser Fisher is portrayed is embarrassing. I stopped listening after about 10 chapters. I couldn't take it anymore. What Harlan Coben could have done was never publish this farce. I have loved everything else Coben has written, but had this been my first exposure to Coben, it would certainly have been my last.
I generally like Scott Brick, but here he portrays his character as a sniveling, obsessed idiot. The whiny quality with which Scott read this character was grating, and part of why I stopped listening. Scott did a fantastic job on 'Still Life With Crows' to hear him do THIS crap... well, in my opinion, it was not a good career move.
Nope. None that I can think of.
Can I get a refund?
I was so excited that Harlan Coben had a new book that I pre-ordered it. I wish that it had fulfilled my expectations for a suspenseful story with fascinating twists and intriguing characters instead of being a sappy, somewhat predictable romance novel with characters I didn't really care about. What a letdown.
Mainly disappointment in the author, but also frustration because I continued to listen with hopes that the book would get better.
Like many other reviewers, I've read all of Coben's books and this is the worst. Dr. Jake sounded more like a ditzy high school girl than a highly educated professor. I agree with Malia that Scott Brick made the character sound worse--sorry Scott, you are one of my favorite narrators. Archer is a master at character development and story telling. Have I given up on Coben? Probably not, but I'll wait to read the reviews and not pre-order. A good way to get beyond this experience would be to listen to the first two volumes of Jeffrey Archer's series--Only Time Will Tell and The Sins of the Father. Part three is due out next month.
Must make a correction to prior statement. My house is never clean because I am too busy having fun.
As a Harlan Coben fan, I found the book to be a great disappointment. The storyline is slow and tedious, the main character boring and ending predictable and saccharine. I actually had to force myself to finish listening this book which is extemely rare for me. I found the overall story to be depressing and it took a few days to shake my malaise. It is good for authors to branch out but Harlan needs to bark up a different tree.
I will approach his next work with trepidation and wait for reviews and feedback before purchasing.
I don't read romance novels because I simply don't enjoy them. So when I get one disguised as a suspense novel, I feel cheated and very annoyed. The lovesick character's illogical actions and the never ending passages professing his undying love had me skipping through the whole book until the last hour when I just couldn't take it any more and deleted the audio off my iphone. I had zero interest in finding out whodunnit and why.
Born with earbuds.
The book has some overarching themes (gray versus black & white, keeping promises, fresh starts) and explores these very well--sometimes at the expense of the immediate story.
The book really takes off early on when the main character realizes that the husband of the woman he loves has died and he can't wait to get in touch with her again.
Scott brings the main character's love-sick puppy qualities to the surface. This is good for some, and annoying for others. Overall, I think it is the way Coben intended the character to be so don't blame Scott.
Coben books always have solid pacing and interesting starting premises so the book was easy to keep listening to. However, at some point, it became a little tedious waiting and waiting for the payoff. The author could have added some side-plots to the story or developed the relatively flat characters further to prevent some readers getting bored. The single plot line also put too much pressure on the ending to live up to expectations. In fairness, Coben has guts to still write one-off novels rather than always writing series books.
The book is definitely worth reading, and is entertaining despite its flaws. If you have read all Coben's books, you will find this one a bit below par. The negatives are a main character that's only moderately likable and whose actions are only moderately plausible. Most of the main characters best traits seem borrowed from Myron Bolitar such as sarcastic self-talk.
Really good listen.
Jake was my favorite character even though he was a flawed, flawed man. Perhaps it was his flaws that made him likeable. If he were my brother or friend, I'd advise him to see a therapist for his inability to let "sleeping dogs lie." But it is also one of the elements that kept this story moving like a freight train through the night.
Scott did a reasonably good job with this material. I've heard better interpreters, but I've also heard worst. He worked for me.
Victim or villain?
I "read" audio books when I drive, clean house, walk the dogs, or work in the yard. However, I could not turn this one off. I've got the cleanest house in the neighborhood and I have this book to either thank or blame.
This book grabs you from the very start and doesn't let go until the very end. There are almost too many twists and turns to keep track, which I love. I usually only listen to books in the car, but I listened to this one at home, at work and while I walked the dogs, too. I wanted to see where it was going. The narrator is great but tends to read dramatically at all times, which somewhat lessens the true dramatic moments. In any case, it still delivers and is very worth the listen.