I've listened to a lot of Jodi Picoult's books. This is one of the weakest. I really liked the main character, but the rest of the characters are based on simple stereotypes that at times made me wince. And there are songs throughout. Horrible, awful, grating singing. I had to fast forward through it. I don't recommend this book.
The premise of this book sounded interesting. When I saw that it was set in Wisconsin, not too far from where I live, I decided to get it. The story isn't bad, but I wish the author had checked out a map of Wisconsin. Winter is nowhere near Milwaukee. Not remotely close. It was enough of an error, mentioned several times, to really irritate me. The author shows stretches of promise where one can get lost in the story, but those stretches are punctuated by awkward uncertainty. I wouldn't recommend it.
Interesting plot, but the writing itself is often awkward. The few suspenseful moments and paired with long periods of time with little happening. Characters are one dimensional. The narration was also often awkward and poorly acted. Overall, not very good. I definitely will not listen to this one again.
I loved this book. The characters are quirky, sometimes strange, and the plot took me to a place I didn't expect. It was a compelling listen that I didn't want to walk away from. I hope Gillian Flynn has another book in the works.
This is the worst book I have ever read or listened to. High school kids write better than this. The trite similes and metaphors would be laughable if they didn't make the reader wince, i.e. "He was as fractious as a stallion scenting a mare in season."
She even used the word "loins." I though that was exclusively used in Harlequin romances or Shakespearean theatre.
If I could give a book zero stars, I would. It used up 2 hours of my life I can never get back.
I think I should listen all the way through books I purchase. In this case it was really hard to do that. The story moves slowly. The characters are one dimensional and I didn't care if they found the missing girl. I just wanted it to be over.
Blunt. Deeply troubled. Intense. The main character of this story is, as many of us are, wounded. When she returns to her hometown, she uncovers just what the nature of that wounding is and who abused her. Intertwined is a whodunit murder mystery.
I couldn't stop listening. I spent extra hours in my art studio (that's where I listen)just to hear the story. This is the first book I want to listen to for a second time.
I had high hopes for this book. A psychic who finds dead bodies. However, it's plain boring. No suspense whatsoever. Completely unrealistic characters. Amazingly bland. I don't recommend it.
There is a reason there are professional book readers and this author is one of them. The author reads so fast you can barely catch the words. I don't think she breaths throughout the entire reading. It's too bad, really, because the content gets lost in this disaster.
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