Perhaps this book falls so short because Coonts published it prior to 911. The book treats the electronic devastation of NYC and DC as if they are merely inconveniences, without ever exploring the consequences that we too well learned in September of the published year. Characters are shallow and some of the conversation simplistically inane .. not what I'd expect from a writer who's been around as long as Coonts. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this reader again, either. Overall it was pretty disappointing.
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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