An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!
I'm not sure if it was my intense dislike of the narrator or that this story just didn't compel me, but I could not wait until this one was over. The narrator's voice seemed to be to be completely mismatched to the character. The overly dramatic reading make the dialogue sound very contrite and corny through most of the book. I have read Coben before and I have been a fan but I was wholly disappointed with this novel which seemed drab and drawn out. I felt myself rolling my eyes quite a bit throughout. Without giving too much away, the real reason for absence of Natalie for the last six years, hardly seemed worth all the effort in the end.
Just when you think you have figured out who the "bad" person is, another twist to the story happens. Harlan Coben has a way with leaving you hanging on for that next sentence to be read.
The plot was so good that at times I would just sit in my car with the book playing to hear the rest of the story.
The narrator, Scott Brick, is by far my favorite person to listen to when reading a suspense book. He is able to take you there with his voice and leave you hanging on his every word as if he really was the character he is portraying at that very moment. He is an awesome, awesome reader.
I didn't want it to stop when it did. I was excited to get to my car every morning, noon, and night just to hear the rest of this story.
Harlan Coben has yet to let me down with any of his books, and I think I have read them all.
I don't know who would like this book...
Prof. Fisher is v. one-dimensional...he so "in love" it's hard to believe he can put on his sox in the morning, nevermind take on a gang of mobsters. He has 3 shallow "emotions": love, fear, anger. Natalie is so undeveloped it's hard to see what there is about her that keeps Prof. Fisher thinking of her every day for 6 years. This sounds more like sickness than love....
I thought that i could listen to Scott Brick read a dictionary and be enthralled...but this book proved otherwise. He sounded like he was on the verge of tears for 12 hours; it was exhausting to listen to him. True, he didn't have much to work with...why did he even want to read this book???
If this had been a real book i would have thrown it in the trash. Only the long work commute kept me listening--barely.
The story would be better if the main character had less angst and stopped whining long enough to demonstrate that he was a decent human being. . Translation: he was terribly narcissistic !
The plot seemed totally contrived and unbelievable. In addition because I didn't care about the characters, I stopped trying to understand the plot. It had too many implausible twists and turns.The main character was incredibly self centered, narcissistic, and consequently unattractive. I felt like Corben was attempting to romanticize stalking.
Less angst and more humor.
Boredom, apathy, and disappointment
Who are you and what have you done with Harlan Coben? Yikes! This was a romance masquerading as a mystery. Could have been written by James Patterson - with naked abs on the cover. Mushy goo - and the melodramatic narrator didn't help.
Exciting, and different turns the whole way. Just when you think you figured it out, it makes a U turn. His best writing so far. I listened to it twice in a row!
The scene with Otto and Bob in the van.
Determined to find out the truth!
I enjoyed this so much, that I can not wait to see what the next Coben brings.
Manipulative writing with far too many trite phrases. One dimensional characters. None of the cracking humor of earlier books. And Scott Brick, while not as annoyingly melodramatic sounding as usual, is still an annoying narrator.
I LOVE to read!! I prefer mysteries but I dabble in every genre!!
I would just say it was time spent. This was neither a bad story nor a good one. The beginning was strong but the end was weak. I literally cringed at some points in the story because it was so absurd. But if you love Lifetime, you'll probably love this book!
This was my first Harlan Coben book so I would give him another shot. I would probably be more interested in his earlier works.
Sure. He didn't put me to sleep so that's good!
Yea, it inspired me to avoid romance books disguised as mysteries.
It ranks in the top 30% or so.
I liked the protagonist who was searching for his wife.
I always enjoy Scott Brick's performances. It's hard to compare, because I think they are all 4-5 star performances.
I prefer the single books of Coben's more than the Mickey Bolitar series, and this one was not a disappointment.