Hmmm. I usually love David Baldacci, but this one was just a bit too gory for seemingly no reason except justifying that the bad guys are really bad, beyond imagination bad, so the good guys are justified in doing morally ambiguous things. I liked Baldacci better when he stayed inside the DC power corridor.
The narrator is terrific; the story engaging; the prose elegant; and, the history magnificent. I can't get enough of McKinty.
In audio format, it would be The Help -- both books really benefit from having different voices in the narration.
In written format, I'm not sure -- it is a fairly singular book.
I was happily surprised by the complexity of the characters developed in this book. It is a difficult story to tell without somehow shortchanging the complexities of white-black relationships during the era in which the book is set and acknowledging the legacies of racism in our 21st century view of history. Kidd does it well.
Yes. Great story line, great narrator.
For those that like the "art restorer"/art world aspects of the Silva Gabriel Allon series, this one is chock full of good references. And it integrates it well with current events in the Mideast.
The prose is pitch perfect; the plot is intricate, but can be followed without a detailed flow chart; the issues of identity, marriage, power are deftly introduced and left without clear resolution. Also a book made for a "two voice" audible listen.
Yes. The turns kept coming....to the very end.
Best audible listen for me since The Help. I actually think it is a book made to be heard. I thought Julia Whelan did a brilliant job with Amy. She was truly "amazing."
The basic mystery/thriller component of this book is quite good. And the multitude of characters that are introduced all have something interesting about them. But overall, it is TOO much and nothing gets as well-developed as it should. This is particularly true in the last half of the book when you are raced through a resolution, when it could have been peeled back layer by layer.
This was not a "full of surprises" kind of mystery, but it was a good listen. Since, I work in college admissions, I especially enjoyed the send-up of prep schools and the pressure on adolescents to attend the "right school."
It was obvious that the author was not American. He knows little about US legal education and it pervades the novel. The underlying story is somewhat interesting, but the complete misunderstanding about the US legal system made this an irritating read/listen.
The book is tedious. Initially her coping with the betrayal of her husband moves things forward. Then we just get stuck in an endless loop. Eventually, you just don't care.
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