I knew all along this was a 5 book series, so I wasn't bent out of shape by the cliffhanger ending as some people were. There were far more frustrating and bad people in this one - bad for bad's sake, but I'm sure they'll get what's coming to them in the final book. That's what happens in Jeffrey Archer books, and that's why I like them. This book seemed like a "set up" book in the series - not a ton of action, but laying the groundwork for the final conclusion. To look at a totally different book in a totally different series, it made me think of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." I was super annoyed with that one when i read it, but it helped to move the greater story along.
I already have ideas about what will happen in the next two. My biggest worry is that Archer might pass before the series has finished being written. He's not that young, and I'd hate to be so invested and have no opportunity of finishing it.
Liane Moriarty's books are great fun when there's a good narrator - lively, humorous, and fun escapism. This narrator drones on and on and the fun is gone. This story was hard to follow compared to other Moriarty stories (I think the narrator was to blame), and I didn't find the characters to be particularly likable either.
I found this book to be dragging painfully until I sped up the narrator's speech in my iPod (Settings > Audiobooks > Faster), at which point the book became much more enjoyable and less dreary. This isn't one of Moriarty's best, but it is still an enjoyable enough read once you listen to it at a quicker pace. The characters aren't particularly likable, and the mystery was predictable, but it was still fairly fun (at faster speed). I can't stress enough how much speeding up the narrator helped my enjoyment.
This book left me laughing so hard I had to rewind multiple times so I wouldn't miss anything. It was hysterical.
Ugh, this was a silly, schmaltzy book. I didn't care for the main character, which set the book off on a bad note for me. There were many highly unbelievable elements to the story, like the single mom who kept complaining about how old and worn down she was (she was 27!) and the 24 year old accounting hot shot who was was being hotly pursued by top level firms. The whole thing seemed to pander to a sentimental simpleton.
That said, I was hoping to like this book. I like to "read" sweet and sentimental Christmas books during the holidays, but this one was not for me.
I saw all the great reviews and for some reason was still afraid this would be a poor Hunger Games ripoff. True, both books take place in a dystopian future world, but the stories are quite different, though both feature young female protagonists. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, which was engrossing, exciting and left me wanting more. I can't wait for the follow up books.
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