Although this is a historical fiction which is actually based largely on true facts, it is written as a romantic novel best appreciated, in my opinion, by a young female audience.
I do not understand the great ratings. If I didn't get this on a daily deal I would ask for my money back, actually, it was so boring I might still ask for my money back as compensation for time wasted listening to this book.
I do not know how Lee Child comes up with the stuff but it is pretty good. Again, another book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. He did repeat a scene from another book where Reacher has to sneek up on the house in an attempt to kill the bad guys, but I forgive him.
I had just finished Nora Roberts' book "The Witness" and gave it rave reviews. However, it was pure misery finishing this book. You could tell the entire story after reading the first few chapters. It was boring, predictable, unimaginative, "Hallmarkish" and any other cliché I could use to say the book was a cliché. Don't waste your time, credit or money on this one.
Normally you start one of these books and you can predict the ending. Not this one. I expected something totally different, which was a nice surprise. The narration by Julia Whelan was exceptional. I will search out books narrated by her.
The characters were well developed and interesting. The story was great, and the twists and turns kept you guessing. The performance was very good.
When I read what the story line of the book was I really was not too interested in reading it, but the reviews were so good I decided to give it a try. Wow, now I know why the reviews were so good. It is not just the story line, it is the way Heller writes. It is just beautiful. I think he could make a recipe a best seller, especially if it was narrated by Mark Deakins. The narration was probably one of the most brilliant I have experienced. It is not a story of doom and gloom, it is a story of hope with enough humor thrown in to make it a great read.
The story got lost in the sex scenes. Just when the story started to get interesting they would go at it again, and the author just drags it out and goes on and on and on. The outcome is extremely predictable.
I thought the writer was a genius to have woven the story the way she did: stories from the past mixed in with people from the present and then tied together with characters in a book. I am trying not to give the story away. You will just have to read it. It was a great read and the narration was absolutely excellent.
This book is exactly what it was intended to be, a light, fun read. A female author is the main character. She writes murder mysteries. Things start happening in her life that seem to reflect things that happened to her characters. The police think she is crazy but her friends take her seriously and try to help. Her friends are a little weird too: her best friend owns a porno shop, her other closest friend is a flaming gay hairdresser who spends half his time trying to keep the main character's hair in shape and the other half of his time in bed with his latest boyfriend.
So, as you can see, this is not an epic book worthy of Tolstoy, but it wasn't meant to be that. It was just fun.
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