We love the mix of mystery and culinary art in DMD's books and therefore expected a bit more than the thin and rather convoluted tale that she spun in this book. You get the sense that the publisher said, "Diane, it's about time for another...now." and she produced "another". We actually have heard the other stories that follow this most of which are much better told and give the characters a little more color and the action a lot more meaning. Still, all in all, if you're a DMD fan, you'll forgive Goldie for an occasional half-baked scone because she has presented so many other much more elaborate and tasty novels since then.
Excellent novel in the genre of Tess Gerritsen's heroines. This one focuses on a Rizzoli discovering motherhood in the most harrowing of circumstances.
Warning: some very harsh and sexually graphic content (none of it gratuitous, IMHO). The subject warrants the sex because it has to do with white slave trading in the US.
Overall excellent read and very good narration.
There were times when the dialogue was so gruesome that it was difficult to stomach. On the other hand I love authenticity in historical novels and this one embraced the superstition, gross ignorance, base cruelty and hard life of Renaissance Bavarian in graphic details. Good story, well told but I don't think my wife will ever want to hear the sequels! I may have to listen on my own.
This was our first experience of Harlan Coben. His descriptive power is innovative and colorful and the story is engaging from the start.
Unfortunately the narrator, Scott Brick, spoiled the book for me with a breathy, self-absorbed and pretentious delivery. Actually the narration was curiously uneven. At times his characterizations were spot on but then even lines written with a wry touch of humor got a heavy handed treatment of tedious overacting.
Maybe Brick was having an off book because I see that he has narrated hundreds of them.
Friends suggested we give this Aussie a try and overall a B for a first effort. The main character is intriguing, vulnerable, wise, courageous and driven. Love the mysterious "swagman"/hobo. Probably will develop well in subsequent books. This first one was a bit rough with story lines left dangling. But I have to confess that the author has some of the most awesome descriptive narration I have ever heard/read which gives me hope.
Note: Coarseness of the language was just too much to bear. Like listening to a group of adolescents trying to out **** one another with crudities. Just a distraction from an otherwise engaging story line.
The author maintains his excellent story telling form with this latest tale. Part of this storyline was used in the unfortunately cancelled HBO series about the #1 Ladies Detective Agency. I must say that the reading and the videos matched very well in terms of the personalities and Lisette Lecat's read was superb and well measured.
What I liked most about the book was that it could be consumed in long or short bites. It has a wonderfully relaxed pace but it still was able to hold attention with suspense which occasionally required some "driveway" moments when we just sat listening with the engine off and the radio on till the conclusion. On the other hand, the interjection of delightful humor and wise observations about humanity make this even more enjoyable listening.
These characters have become good friends and we certainly want to keep up with their lives as they unfold in coming installments.
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