This was my first taste of Alafair Burke and I was not disappointed. The story moves along fast and there area a lot of moving pieces, that all come together. I smiled when Ellie made an inquiring phone call to Detective Dave R down in Louisiana, and again when she named an officer Connelly. The reader was exceptionally good and I'm looking forward to hearing more from him. I did get the sense that the book was "rushed" a little, which wasn't a problem because I was anxious to find out "who dunnit" ... somehow I wanted "more" .. can't say what or why. I highly recommend the book and will get other offerings from the author.
This is the first time I've listened to a Harlan Coben story that was outside his normal Bolitar series and it is debatable that i will give him "another chance." His light-weight, simplistic narration style does not lend itself to this intentionally convoluted tale. Our main character is a disfunctional woman officer who is stuck in a 20 year old past. Suddenly "things" happen so she can unravel and resolve issues ... it is all very amateurish. At one point when people's lives are at stake and she is hot on a trail of kidnappers, she pulls off to make a personal side-trip, abandoning all that is urgent to "take care" of something that can clearly wait. Even the ending, which was supposed to leave us "wondering" instead gave me the feeling that the author just didn't know how to write a decent ending so he dropped it.
I wanted to like the characters .... uh, not so much. A few smatterings of humanity here and there, but overall they are forgettable.
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