Placentia, CA, United States
As others have said, the content is disturbing - At times I had to remind myself that this was fiction. This fictional plot is in the news every day. I am not going to write a spoiler but there are two narrators and I didn't realize there was more than one male character. It was a bit confusing at one point and I had to back up a couple of chapters because I felt like I had missed something big leading up to the critical ending of the book.This may have been intended by the author, but I was a bit confused until I remembered another reviewer mentioning something similar. I might have considered either bringing in a third narrator or, possibly change the accent a bit for the other male.I don't like the fact that this format asks for what you would change first and not what you loved about the book. I did really enjoy the plot and it kept me listening as I wanted to know what would happen next. The bad guy is really bad and you never doubt that this character type could actually be real! This is not just some bad guy made up in the author's imagination.The female main character was well developed and I really felt that I knew and understood her. Any normal woman can relate to her life struggles and the author seems to make sure she reacts in a very human (as opposed to super-human) way.
I am usually pretty good at figuring out the endings of these types of books but I didn't get this one right. That is a good thing. The only part of the ending that I thought may have been too over the top was the relationship between Sal and one of the bad guys! Can't say more without spoiling the ending.
I have never heard these narrators before but they were both very good. There is some very disturbing dialog and these two nail it - very realistic.
Actually it did. I discussed the issue of children and child abduction, abuse and the internet as a means for evil to get into our homes, with a friend of mine. This is something I wouldn't have thought about as my children are grown and I never had to deal with this issue when they were young.
Worth the read.
I love this series and I love the narrator - Kirsten Potter. This is not her best story line but it is good. I am used to have Kirsten read D.D's character, and another narrator read the sub plot characters - not so in this book. The first time another character comes in, I was distracted by hearing Kirsten's voice read their parts. By the third chapter it was no longer an issue but I do like have two readers. I think because I identify Kirsten's voice with the main character's tough, no "BS" personality, I was not able to pick up the "softer" side of the sub-character(s).
One pleasant surprise was the emergence of D.D's humanity. I like that her life changes have made her more human. More capable of compassion.
I have enjoyed all of her books. I am just hoping this is not the beginning of a round of books that are pushed out to meet deadlines.
I have the book a three star overall because of the skinnier than normal plot that I expect from this author and the narrator reading all the characters. I guess I am spoiled.
Still a good book and a good listen!
I loved the story line, in this book. I guess because I read so many of these type of books, I try to anticipate what is going to happen- I wasn't able to figure out any of the twists this time! that makes a good read for me.
DD Dodge is a really irritating character for me. She has always seemed one dimensional (you know, black and white but mostly black.) In this book, her humanity is starting to emerge and I actually found myself feeling a bit for her...
Great read. I hope the next in the series is as good.
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