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This is just the 2nd novel of Harlan Coben that I have finished and I have come to like his convoluted plot and poetic style. The opening pages are somewhat disconnected and as you breeze through the half of the book, the suspense builds up, ultimately amusing you with an unexpected but happy ending.
It is worth the time listening to his books, much more so when Scott Brick reads them for us. He too is in my topnotch narrators.
no - the narrarator was very irritating to me
The main character was discribed as a "lumber jack" sort of guy - 6'5" & was a bouncer at one time. The narrator sounded like a whiney little guy that couldn't fight his way out of a paper bag. There were times I wanted to just turn it off, but the story line was really good and so I finished the book.
This is one you should READ for yourself.
This book was strange. I thought I liked it at times, but it was so not believable that it was hard to take in overall. I guess it was an okay read and performance, but I wouldn't recommend it.
As a mystery it's not bad.
I got tired of the hero's continuing proclamations of LOVE. I really do like the narrator. I have heard him before and, except for the lovey-dovey ("I cannot live my life without her; I would rather die...") that sounds more like a heaving bosom paperback, the narrator is good. You may want to wait for a sale - or try the library.
This story had great potential. I kept reading/listening hoping that there would be great revelation - but it never came. There was not enough character development - and not a strong enough plot. I was taken along what started out as a very intriguing path - only to be left disappointed. Throughout the book you are drawn into some deep, dark, secret - but when the secret is finally revealed - it doesn't seem plausible, and it didn't warrant all the mystery surrounding it. I felt like the big secret was not an interesting or original enough reason for all the secretiveness surrounding it.
The narration was great - Scott Brick is one of my favorites.
Harlan Coben books are usually much better. There were too many scenes where the lead character wants 100 units of information from somebody and the reader immediately realizes he'll only get 30 units. However, it takes 30 minutes for this to scene to play out.
It could have been a good short story
even the best swing and miss sometimes
Fine plot but I was ready to wring Jake's neck by the end. How many times can one man's heart explode/stop/crumble/shatter/etc., for Pete's sake!! This is the first book I have ever listened to on "2x" because I was interested enough in the plot to want to get to the end...as soon as possible!
On the whole, I prefer the Myron Bolitar series to anything else Mr. Coben has written.
This is a good book - I guess I'm just overdosed on Scott Brick - his dramatic style of narration is just too much - at least for this book. The reading style had me mentally zoned out and spending way too much time analyzing the story line -- I never really just sat back and enjoyed the story, I was too busy hoping Mr. Brick would speed it up or just stop acting like he was performing some Shakespearean epic. -- I am avoiding any book read by Scott Brick for a while.
People reviewing this book either love it or hate it. Other reviewers have pointed out many of the flaws in this book. It is difficult to add another review without spoilers, but I will try.
Mr. Coben asks his readers to suspend belief time and time again.
We know little of the motivations of Jake's girlfriend as the story develops, as to why she acted the way she did and what she brought to the relationship that was special enough to create his obsession. The fact that they were both in a position to meet each other in the first place was a contrivance. Jake's best friend also mourns the loss of a "significant other" lost to him more or less the same way.
A very diverse cast of characters who have been touched by violence have all intersected with Jake's small liberal arts college. The faculty contains members that too conveniently include a former FBI agent and former diplomat, so that Jake can rapidly get information that most college profs would not have access to.
The story just doesn't hold water for me.
some books you can get away with daydreaming a little while listening....NOT this one. pretty complex.
Harlan Coben and Scott Brick are a great combination