While I love the Catherine Dance character, I thought this book was a bit slow paced, compared to the Lincoln Rime books I have come to know and love. I like the intricate details and the fine plotting of Jeffrey Deaver's other books much better. o
The book was OK. I enjoyed it, once I suspended my disbelief that a police officer saavy enough to be on the force for 20-some years and rise to a very senior level would make such a dumb move as buying a child from her abuser. That aside, I liked the twists and turns in the plot. But as with another book I listened to within the last year, it felt as though the author reached the required page count and just wound things up quickly. The story was nowhere near over yet. No satisfactory resolution, no tying the loose ends up with a bow, nothing. Rather disappointing overall. But the narrator was great, for what that is worth when the story kinds sucks, in the end.
The ending leaves it wide open for a sequel. "Started Early, Took My Dog" doesn't really END at all.
While this second book in the trilogy started off at a much better pace than the first, it was less riveting overall. We were much more involved with the heroine in this book and, sadly, saw less of the hero. And whereas "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" felt like the book that wouldn't quit, delivering one "ending" after another, this book felt like a book that never ended at all. It seemed that he just stopped writing because he reached a certain page count. There was far too much of the story that was still unresolved.
When the recording stopped, I was driving down the road and all I could think was, "What the heck..." The opening chapter of the third book feels like it is simply the next chapter of "The Girl Who Played With Fire".
I like the story, but this particular book disappointed me in that it did not deliver the same level of tension as the first, did not let me get to see the hero in action and ended abruptly without resolving anything.
That said, I am now half way through "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" and am already hoping against hope that the rumours of a posthumous fourth book are true.
The hero is a hoot and his cohorts are entertaining. I was engrossed by the story and the pace was a big part of that attraction. Of course, I'm always a sucker for wise-cracking, bad boy hero who doesn't mind showing us some of his foibles.
I loved the complex characters, plot and relationships. Slow going for the first few chapters while the author was in 'set-up' mode; but after that, the story exploded into action. Just when I would think that everything was resolved, a further complication would turn up and, to my great delight, the book would continue. I can hardly wait to read the others in this trilogy.
If this had been my introduction to Suzanne Brockman, I would never have bought another thing written by her. The pace is slow, the story line is all but non-existent and she does nothing to make me care about the characters. Both the hero and the heroine are stupid, neither of them possessing an ounce of common sense. And the narration does nothing to help salvage any of it. Do yourself a favour and go buy a title from her Navy Seals, instead. Now those are books worth the money!
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