the first half was so slow moving that I wasn't sure I was listening to a suspense story. It is apparently the 2nd half of a previously told story, but I don't think that missing the first part really made any difference. Some interesting characters were revealed in the first half, but there was virtually no action and not much to do but wait for something to happen.
In the second half of the book were some of the machinations that Holmes and Russel are known for, and the story moved a bit faster .. but I noticed that it took me almost a week to get through this book and i never really cared how it was going to turn out ... not a good sign!
The reader, on the other hand, is amazing. It's easy to forget that one person is creating all the different characters each is so distinct.
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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