Camden Smith owns DREAMFly Marketing, a full service marketing firm located in Southwest Florida. She regularly reviews books and is an avid reader as well as audible client. Favorite books are mysterious romances or those stories about personal growth.
this story truly progresses at the perfect rate. you want to know the truth and you're hoping to learn the truth but this author, as is her Norm, slowly unfolds one piece of the puzzle at a time and it truly makes for a remarkable book. You'll love it. There's the usual love story in a work then they're pretty obvious but the mystery itself is probably one of her best.
My wife loved this book and so I decided to listen to it. It was a romance novel with a mystery whereas I tend to prefer a mystery with a romance subplot. I enjoyed it though and as I said she loved it and plans to listen to it again. While this was my first Nora Roberts book my wife has listened to several and this is her favorite.
For the reviews you've read about this being "another typical Nora Roberts novel," read on...
If I wouldn't have seen the author, it wouldn't have occurred to me that this book was written by Nora Roberts. The story was quite different. More of a soft thriller. Maybe it was that the narrator was male. I'm not sure. You need to get past the first chapter or two...they're a little slow. In fact, I stopped listening on two other occasions only to finally force myself to go on. I'm glad I did.
I will warn you - the narrator was too much. Sure, I ended up becoming used to him, but it wasn't until the last quarter of the book, and even then I found myself rolling my eyes at the overacting. If you know who Chris Parnell is (SNL, Anchorman 1 & 2), I felt like I was listening to him narrate the entire story...but in an almost obnoxious way. Also, all but three male characters (and there are a lot!) sounded exactly the same; kind of nasal and dumb. That goes for a few women, as well. The only way to tell the difference between those male and female characters is that the female are more of a higher pitched nasal. But, the meat of the story began to take over and I almost forgot about the narrator. Almost.
I'm not going to get into what the book is about. The description is pretty good. I will say that Hester and Abra are probably the two best charcters. I loved Hester, a fiesty grandmother who does yoga and has her own gym room, especially.
I give it a 3.3 out of 5, but that has more to do other the narration. The story on its own is a 3.7.
Whiskey Beach is the best of the best, as you know Nora Roberts. It started out very slow, but from reading many of Nora Roberts books, I know they start out slow and then you just cannot stop listening. I recommend this book for young adults on through whatever age you are. The reader was fantastic, I would listen to any book that he read. This is a must read book.