I have been a Gerritsen fan for a while and have loved reading her books. However, this audio book seemed like a chore to finish.
It has a good plot with a surprising, if somewhat anticlimactic ending BUT the story seemed bogged down with irrelevant details and minute dissection of the character's thoughts and feelings. Several times I caught myself thinking "come on, just get on with it already."
I admit I do skim over parts when reading a print book if I don't feel it is adding to the direct story line. Had I been actually reading this book, there would have been many pages skipped. I am all for character development and depth in a series but I felt that this book was almost more about Mara Isles than the case. Maybe I should have just gotten the abridged version - hopefully there is one.
The narration was adequate but sometimes she applies an accent to Rizzoli that is annoying. Put me in the mind of a female Boston Godfather rather than a police detective.
I will not give up on this series yet. Fingers crossed that the next installment will be more like the earlier books - the ones that I was disappointed to reach the end.
Basing my review on the description given of the book, it is NOT AS ADVERTISED! I was expecting a cop mystery/thriller, absolutely not what I got! There is very little mystery, yes, the main characters are cops or FBI agents but that's secondary to their personal relationships with God and a budding love story. I have nothing against Christian stories, even enjoy them occasionally but this was just too much, could not force myself to finish it. Wish I could return it....
I really enjoyed the story and plot of the book, true Lisa Gardner quality! However the word "meaning" was WAAAYY overused, so much that I wanted to keep track of it. But I didn't. :o) The narrator has some context and pronunciation issues I've noticed in the last few books. Using "live" - as in "live concert" , instead of "live" as in "I live here." And lounge [lounj] like a cocktail lounge becomes "longe" [lonj] as in "longe line for horses". I am not a grammar cop but these things interrupted the story flow and were distracting for me. But the story was so good I'd just back it up 30 seconds, regain my thoughts and go on.
I really liked this one. I didn't have it all figured out after chapter 5 like some others I've read. Well paced, just enough character depth without being consuming, and a very good plot.
But I have to agree with some other reviewers - I would prefer that the narration be "accent-less" if it can't be believable.
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