The speed of the story. It was very slow and I almost stopped listening until about Chapter 15. I finally got into it a little bit, but was just ready for it to be done. I wouldn't recommend it.
It was a pretty good solid story and I recommended it to friends as a light easy listen/read. It's not exactly the most compelling story, but it was enjoyable... little bit of suspense, some romance, and I felt like I could associate with the characters. If this book did anything really well, it was the characters. They really made the story come alive.
I loved "Big, Little Lies", so I had high hopes for this one. But, I just didn't love it. I really don't understand the connection that the Tess/Will storyline had to do with the rest of the story. I was hoping there would be more of a connection, instead of the kids going to school together and the Connor thing. If Connor has been injured at the park, when Tess was supposed to meet him, that would have tied it together more. It just seems fragmented. I didn't really connect with any of the characters very much. Connor seemed frumpy and unattractive, so it was hard to picture him in the way Tess described. John Paul's daughters were hard to distinguish from one another, and very one dimensional. There were two many povs at the beginning to be able to keep up with who was in which storyline.
I have been a fan of the author, but the characters here were vapid and predictable. I found myself disliking each of them in turn, and feel like their common plot connector was tenuous and boring. The narrator had a great performace. Not in love with the characters or storyline I'm this one.
The "secret" wasn't what I thought which was OK but its like as soon as you find out, around the middle or so, THE STORY JUST D R A G S ON. I almost deleted this without finishing which is not like me at all. I'm glad I didn't because it does get better RIGHT at the end but I still wouldn't recommend for the fact that halfway through it could've put me to sleep.
The writer surprises and engages the reader. What an imagination and a plotter. Reader could give a bitter difference in the voices to help with transitions but very clear and pleasant voice.
I couldn't get past the second chapter. the narrator's accent and over the top animation was just too much. I will have to read the book to see if the story is any good.
As usual, this writer delivers a compelling story full of mystery and intrigue. The characters are so endearing and believable. Every woman has wondered at some time whether or not she knows the whole truth and whether or not she would want to know. This is the third book I've read by this author and enjoyed this one as much as the others!! Enjoy!