I would read it because I've been enjoying the entire series, but I would not recommend it as a standalone book. The ending leaves the reader completely hanging, waiting for the next book.
I really like the character of Maggie O'Dell and was hoping to see a lot of character development in this installment of the series, but the book feels really incomplete to me. Kava starts many storylines that she just leaves hanging, and the one that does get tied up (the identity of the arsonist) is done completely abruptly and for no explicable reason through an unexpected confession by the perpetrator.
I couldn't believe when the music started playing to indicate that the novel had ended. It felt like we were barely 3/4 of the way through a story arc. One storyline was wrapped up abruptly and for no reason, almost as if Kava had a deadline or the publisher arbitrarily decided to split the book in two. So, it was worth the listening time, but I expected five more hours when it came to an end.
I loved Molly and Vivian so much and got so emotionally involved with Vivian's story, I wish there could be a sequel! The performance was excellent.
I enjoyed the whole novel and didn't know for sure who the killer was until the final hour. There was one big thread and one key character that's seemed to just be dropped, but I still found it an enjoyable and satisfying read.
This is the best thriller I have listened to on Audible for a few years. I enjoyed the development of each of the 3 main first person characters, and the author rewards readers with a killer from among the characters central to the story, rather than throwing a wrench in later. I enjoyed not knowing whose recollections to trust, having to listen
very closely to figure out who is lying, who is misremembering, and who is lying to herself. I figured out the murderer with a few hours left, but I didn't know how it would end u too the final 10 minutes. Thoroughly enjoyable!!
I thought the African Safari setting would really turn me off, but I enjoyed the latest Tess Gerritsen very much. The narrator was excellent as usual. The ending was quite rushed and would have liked more character development with Rizzoli & Isles, but it was a solid,
fun read. As always I appreciate that this narrator knows how to pronounce Maura!
I love the Rosato & DiNunzio characters, but this book was a total dud. Maria Bello's reading was grating...over-pronouncing words, inflections in strange places, terrible fake Mexican accents. I nearly gave up
listening out of annoyance numerous times. Judy's lame Nancy Drew
behavior was just not plausible, nor were the motivations to make her a target of murder plots.
This is the worst narrated book I have ever listened to on Audible, after listening happily to about 50 other titles. Every single sentence has the exact same inflection. I have begun talking like this and my husband threatens to divorce me. It is the worst thing ever. (I am reading these sentences to myself in the inflection of the narrator and I want to stab out my own eyes with a pencil.)
I have not at all gotten emotionally invested in any of the characters, 7 hours in. I don't even know if I will finish it. It's hard to know whether that is Slaughter's fault or 100% Early's fault -- since I have loved other Slaughter books, I blame Early.
I honestly don't know how it could be worse, unless she read it in Chinese. At least I wouldn't have wasted 7 hours of my life listening to the Chinese version, though.
How does this narrator have a job, seriously?
One of the best
I can't give away spoilers, but Baker brillantly weaves the plot of Pride and Prejudice with the intense character development of the servants, and it is a joy to see all of the layers unfold. I never expected Mr. and Mrs. Hill to be such nuanced, complicated characters.
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