I bought this book with a buy one get one free sale of and am sorry I picked this one. I have listened to over 30 audible books and this is the first disappointment. The writing is poorly developed and sophomoric. The story is written entirely in the first person with the protagonist uttering every single mundane thought that enters his mind. I thought I was going to pull my hair out if I heard the narrator say "What to do?" one more time or the answer "I don't know" an equal number of times. The narrator made matters worse by beyond tedious with a sing songy tempo punctuated with overtly dramatic exclamations. It was like he was trying to puff up drama or tension through his voice because the writing boring and flat. The grating performance just makes a bad book even worse. I could not finish it.
live and learn . . . on to the next one!
I read a lot of books in this genre. I didn't care for this one. I like stories to give me useful clues as to what in the world is going on. This one didn't. I kept expecting the pieces - and there were lots of them - to fall into place, but that happen didn't until late in the book. There could have been a good story here, but it needed more care in the telling.
This is a great mystery! It hooked me from the first sentence and it just kept reeling me in! The narrator is excellent and I can't say enough about his voice! It is read like a story should be read with all the emotions (and longings in this case) that the author intended. I have not read much of Coben (maybe one many years ago) but I would recommend this one to any mystery lover... Highly Recommend...
This felt a little overly dramatic. The narrator was great, but it felt a little too complicated for a love story.
You can't go wrong with Harlan Coben, always a good and gripping story. I don't think this was his best book - supporting characters are better in other works - but the plot twists and the sense of humour remain brilliant.
I did not like Scott Brick's narration. He was too heavy on the cynical side of the main character, who seemed always too blasé, and failed to make a clear distiction among characters' voices. In certain dialogues, I could not know who was speaking.
Overall, an entertaining audiobook.
To live, to love, to leave a legacy.
Very good suspense throughout.
The title of the book is wrong and never seemed to fit in my mind. Maybe Finding Natalie would have been better. As for the story the main character Jake Fischer seemed a bit obsessive.
**Spoiler** His escape from Fresh Start.
Book was only OK. I gave it four stars because I really liked Scott Brick as a narrator.
I have never been disapointed with Harlan Coben's book's. I have a few of them and plan on getting the rest of them. I especially liked this one, I couldn't put it down, and the ending could not have been any better...be sure to get it.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Awesome book and narration. The story is unique with much mystery and suspense. This story is also a love story that anyone who listens would love to experience in life. Scott Brick is a favorite of mine so listening made it that much more heavenly! I highly recommend.
Seems as though the author had found a good plot, made a plan, sat down and started writing anything that came into his head to come up with the appropriate number of pages. When I get lectures on "don't text and drive" and descriptions of what characters are ordering for breakfast or how to make coffee using K-cups, I know I made a bad choice!
Get his editor to trim down the mess!
I loved the storyline and bought this right away after seeing some of the good reviews.
After listening to the first third of the book, it went downhill and lost the excitement of the storyline. It began to get boring and Jake's actions began to get outrageous and too far fetched. He ran into too many different people in the story and I began to just lose interest in who was who as he tried to find his lost love. I finished it, but it was one of those, come on and finish this story ending. The ending was awful and left you very unsatisfied. I could have written a better ending and that's pushing it.
Love Scott Brick and he couldn't save it either.