Ojai, CA, United States | Member Since 2005
I downloaded this as soon as it came out and it is great like all of his Dave Robicheaux books. Will Hutton is a superb reader and really captures the Southern voice with all of the subtleties of Dave's character -- and Clete Purcell is always entertaining.
I have never been disappointed by a Burke book and this is no exception.
The people were hollow, not worth knowing. I truly did not care what happened to them and was very bored at the beginning, but since the book has been on the best seller list for so long I thought it must be good. I kept thinking it would get better, and it did in terms of the reader wanting to find out what happened, but when I got to the end I was completely tired of these people and felt very unsatisfied.
I will go back to the mystery/thriller genre. Somehow I thought this would be a mystery. I had just completed Creole Belle and loved it so much that I probably expected too much from this book.
I can't say I had a favorite at all. I did enjoy the part in which the female main character is on the road and finding a place to stay.
I guess I would not cut any scenes because the book seems to have so many admirers as it is.
I definitely like the dark side of books and films. Noir is a favorite of mine, so the darkness of this book does not bother me. Simply put, the characters lack empathy and seem to have no redeeming qualities.
Unbelievably, this writer keeps getting better. I look forward to July when his new book comes out and I wonder how it can be better than the last, but he never disappoints. His use of actual occurrences makes it more realistic as with the hurricane in Tin Roof and the oil spill in this one. I loved the inclusion of the Dupres family and the evil entwined among all of them. Bringing a Nazi into the picture was especially interesting for me. And I very much enjoy Dave's ruminations on life and mortality.
Gretchen was the character who was new and fresh in this book. She embodies Dave's concept of redemption which runs through all of the books. She is a hardened survivor of the worst that life can heap on someone, but her interests and desire to change are stronger than the sins of the past. I hope she appears again in a future book.
I cannot imagine listening to a Dave Robicheaux book with anyone other than Will Patton narrating. The nuances and inflections of his voice make me feel like Dave is truly telling me his story.
As the book reached the climax I was on edge. How would they all get out of the mess they found themselves in? I had to take the Ipod out of the car and carry it around so I could satisfy my curiosity and get the full effect of the conclusion. And now I'm disappointed that it is finished and I will have to wait another year.
This was the first Reacher book I had listened to and I was expecting an exciting, fast-paced story. Instead the story lagged and it was difficult to continue. It took a complicated turn and in the end was largely unsatisfying. I am giving him another try now and listening to Worth Dying For which also begins a little slowly. I really want to like this writer and his bold main character.
I have enjoyed Kathy Reichs' books in the past, but this was way too technical, very boring, and it never seemed to produce the expected and desired excitement. There were too many loose ends and when the mystery was solved I didn't care anymore.
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