I'm a fan of Iris Johansen and the Eve Duncan books. However, I could hardly get through this audio book. I knew within the first couple of minutes - the narrator's voice was like nails on a chalkboard. In my opinion, she sounded like an old, nasty school teacher. She gave everyone (except maybe Bonnie) a bitter, nasty, hateful voice (especially Joe).
The storyline was ridiculous. I kept thinking to myself - why am I listening to this???? (Okay, maybe better than the static on the radio while travelling - but not much better). Joe takes on such a spoiled brat persona (could be the narrator though that helps portray this image). Without giving anything away to readers who may enjoy (??) the book, I just want to say that maybe it's time to retire the Eve Duncan books and move onto something else. Seems like the author is out of good storylines. Don't waste your money or your book credits.
I love a good mystery/thriller. I have far out grown Harlequin romance books. This was basically a juvenile, romance novel.
The narrator did a good job.
Would you believe that there were really no characters that were developed or believable?
Don't waste your credits/money on this book. I felt like I was listening to teenage drivel. Silly characters, unbelievable motivation for the main male character (I actually said out loud.... 'You've got to be kidding' and probably should have quit the book at that time, and a very weak plot. So dumb!!
Possibly young adults
The characters were all unlikeable. This works for some stories, but just fell flat on this one, at least for me. For a main character with logical thinking, the things the author had Elizabeth doing were in my opinion, just plain stupid. The book dragged on and on - maybe cut it down to a short story??
The narrator seemed to make many of the characters come across as angry, when I don't think that was the intent.
There were so many characters and so many different points of view. I would cut any that didn't contribute to the actual story.
I don't recommend this book. I found it dragged on and on, was boring and by half way through, I could care less what happened to the characters and why. It amazes me that so many readers gave the book high praise.
I really liked the character development - I felt as if I knew and definitely cared about them. The relationship development between the two sisters was excellent.
Not really on the edge of the seat plot - not a super thriller. There are some books that you can actually leave the room for a couple of minutes and not really miss much. This book ISN'T one of those - there isn't a lot of meaningless filler and I wouldn't have wanted to leave the room without putting the book on pause.
I haven't listed to her books, but I will definitely look at the others she's written.
I'm glad I picked this book - hopefully you will too :-)
Probably an engineer, historian, astronaut, or someone who doesn't care about character development.
Couldn't get past the first couple of chapters..... but from what I could tell, there was only one character in the book.
From all of the positive reviews, I definitely expected much, much, much more from this book! It reads like a how-to book - too full of technical terms. Very dry and cold. No personality and from what I read, no character development.
Supernatural, thriller, interesting
The plot ended up being a little over the top, but it did hold my interest. It reminded me of Dean Koontz's older books (which in my opinion were much better than his newer ones). The book moves along at a quick pace - no filler and not an excessive amount of detail as so many books have.
Just the right amount of drama, inflection and clarity
The ending leaves room for a follow-up. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. I like his writing style.
This was a depressing, dreary story. Think of a rainy, gloomy day and this would describe this book. There was absolutely nothing which was dramatic or suspenseful at all. Every character was made to be flawed, unlikeable and unrelateable. The story kept flipping from past to present and at times, it took a bit to know which was being read. I particularly didn't like the self mutilation cutting - it was almost glorified - which it definitely is not. The whole premise of the book just didn't sit right.... without giving a spoiler, the 'one I left behind' should have just gone to the police!! By the end, I could care less who lived, who died and who the murderer was (and why). My recommendation would be to skip this book and LEAVE IT BEHIND!!
Okay.... I'm a woman and consider myself to be in touch with and able to express my deep feelings and like to hear about others' deep feelings. But, expression can get to the point of being too much! I became so sick and tired of hearing the constant whining of deep feelings, that I was ready to scream. This author can go on and on and on and on about small points from every single angle! Enough already - get to the story and quit the whining! I felt that the story was forced - that it was outlined and filler was contrived to meet the needs of the storyline. As far as a mystery/thriller - forget it. No real suspense and what little there was (maybe in the first couple of chapters).... I was to the point of not caring. The story dragged on way too long, was paced far too slow and Abby (the main character) was made to be silly, stupid and weak.
The narrator got on my nerves - too cutesy sounding and little-girl-like, which most of the time came across as whiny. This book was a waste of time and I wouldn't recommend it.
I had high hopes for this what seemed to be an interesting story. I quit about 2/3'rds through when I realized I had no idea which character was which. Also realized that I could care less whether I returned to the book or not. It just couldn't hold my interest. All of the characters (except Hallie) seem to run together. Even the names of some are similar. The story seemed to drag and I was lost in the technical/scientific descriptions. Also, when I bought the book, I didn't realize that this was the second book for the main character, Hallie. That might explain why I felt that there was a lot missing regarding her character. I personally wouldn't recommend the book.
After reading the five star book SUSPECT by Robert Crais, I was so looking forward to reading another of his books. Hostage was such a disappointment. I recommend, if you're thinking about buying this book based on SUSPECT..... pass it up. The depth of feeling, the quality of writing and the ability to pull a reader into the story is lacking in Hostage. If you'd take a CSI television show or a made for movie television show and write a book about the show, this would be the book. My feeling of HAVING to get back to the story - can't wait to hear more - just wasn't there.
I was hooked on 'time-travel' after reading the Outlander series and hoping for something with just a hint of those books. While this book was okay, I found myself wishing it would go into more depth. I felt the characters were flat & wooden and the events in their lives were quickly glossed over without any fleshing-out. As by a reviewer before me, the book seemed to have been recorded in someone's home. There were distracting background noises (conversations, water running, possible a TV, etc). This was the first of many, many books where I've encountered this. If you're looking for a romantic time-travel type book, try the Outlander series and also Ferney by James Long (which isn't quite time travel, but similar).
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