As usual, Jayne gave me an uplifting story with quirky characters and some wonderful humor.
I gave this book a three simply because there are several of Jayne's books that I love so much that this one has too much competition. However, the book was as satisfying for me as I thought it would be, although I felt it had too many arcane similarities, yet it wasn't linked to the arcane. Since the arcane society started in England a few centuries ago, I could have accepted that there were arcane people in modern society here as well as on another planet.
Sam was my favorite. I felt she caught his subtle humor perfectly.
I always want to listen to one of Jayne's books in one sitting, and this one was no different.
I read this book in print form and loved it. I wanted to see how it translated into audio. I have to say I actually enjoyed it better in audio than in print. I lived in Memphis several years ago, and the story is so Memphis that I felt as if I was back there.
The book is very Southern gothic, along the lines of James Lee Burke. The story builds in layers, introducing you to characters you love and characters you love to hate, and it has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end.
I was worried that a reader wouldn't be able to pick up on the nuances that are so very much Memphis. Jeffrey Kafer did such a great job that I found myself unable to turn off the book, even though I already knew the plot. I'd definitely listen to other books read by this reader.
No one is really who you think they are.
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