If you value your credits, and love a good thriller, don't waste them on this. In this book, a "trained psychologist" who also sees spirits begins to flirt and become sexually aroused by a vicious dead serial killer's ghost.
This has nothing to do with real psychic phenomena. The "visions" of the dead serial killer aren't eerie or remotely believable, but just idiotic. He keeps getting sexier to her, with added "glistening muscle", and even a new suntan! He uses lame come-ons such as "you're so hot, baby", and she finally gets annoyed because he comes on to her in the shower. Although aroused by him, she feels guilty when she chases him away with incense, and it ticks him off. The reader sounds like she can't believe she is reading this junk either. I just want my credit back.
This book is listed in the wrong category. Definitely not a mystery, and in no way a thriller. The combination of a ho hum plot and dragging narrative made it really difficult to listen to.
First, let me say that I love Harlan Coben's books. His characters are always so rich and fully "fleshed out". Unfortunately, I was unable to finish this book, or even get passed the first 15 minutes. I have belonged to audible since Day One, and having listened to nearly 800 books, never encountered a narrator that made me look for the mute button before this. Her voice is somewhat screechy, with an accent reminiscent of a south-side Jersey moll trying to sound British. Plus, her inflections at the end of every sentence are so annoying, that I kept hoping she would tire, and just speak normally- especially when there was no action or drama to warrant her excitement. Fingernails on a blackboard have always made me cringe, and listening to this came really close for me. Sorry Audible, I'll just have to Kindle it.
The subject matter in this book is gruesome, and although the introduction seemed to treat it with the seriousness it deserves, the narrator did not. He made a parody of many of the major characters- giving them voices that sounded as if some gross jerk was doing stand-up in a seedy bar. The geeky teen computer genius sounded as if he was dull, high, and sucking on marbles. The worst is the preacher, who slowly enunciates at all times as if he is a comedian mocking the delivery of a sermon to a very slow audience in a tent revival- even during those scenes I'm sure the author intended to be thrilling, and fast paced. I actually laughed out loud, which is a reaction I'm sure the author never intended. His rendition of characters who are supposed to be expressing really intense emotions during some really extreme situations renders this a grisly comedy.
Although the ending is a little clunky, regardless of the narration;
my advice is read the book- because without the comedic rendition, it's a good story.
This book has so many plots going, that she forgets to tie up all the loose ends, leaving part of a kidnapped couple taken by 4 men instead of the main villain, half resolved. I don't understand why she even included their kidnap/torture because it didn't fit in with the rest of the book in anyway. The reader does a good job of keeping your interest, as she stops short of a monotone, but she can do nothing to this pile of sorted plots make sense.
I've never known a high functioning schizophrenic, but I feel like I not only met him, but grew to love him like my little brother by the end of the book. He was a totally interesting and believable protagonist. There is just enough tech in it to make it believable. Anyone who has a computer, iphone, or used Google Maps, is going to easily relate to this story. A really solid, well paced thriller that rates a second listen.
The characters in this novel are very well rounded, with believable traits and responses to the danger they face. Gardner does a great job of directing suspicions to different suspects, each with a logical motive. It is told from the point of view of the wife, but it stays true to the plot without becoming maudlin.
I would compare this book to the others written by Lisa Gardner. Characters with depth, and a good believable plot.
Elisabeth Rodgers does a great job of narrating the plot from the wife's point of view, but it could be greatly improved with the addition of a good male reader for the more threatening antagonists.
Like all of Lisa Gardner's books, she keeps the pace up, with builds and twists that really captured my interest.
Someone with patience for a a really heavy British accent in a monotone.
No Poe story should ever be read by someone who cannot emote the fear and passion inherent in his stories. The only truly enjoyable ones came from Richard Farrone, who does a great job with the Beating Heart. So, I'm sure if he had done them all, it would've been great.
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