If you have ever enjoyed a Jack Reacher novel, give this one a miss. A more frustrating audio novel I have never encountered. It's as if Lee Childs were getting a penny a word like the old-time journalists used to earn. There's more useless detail in this novel than you could possible imagine. Who is interested whether the heroine's boots are under the chair and Reacher's jacket on the back of the chair when it has nothing to do with the plot. Speaking of which, I'm sure the plot is fascinating, but the snippets are so few and far between as to be laughable.The premise of Reacher's returning to his 101st command base because of a voice on the phone is weak enough, but the rest of the plot unfolds with glacial speed and I find myself longing for the hardcover so I can skim.
I haven't listened to any of this author's books before, but I certainly will order another one in the hopes that it will be as interesting as this one. I was a little concerned at the slow, long narrative arc in part 1 of the download. I felt it was a little slow and considering the novel was billed as a mystery, it was a little too long for the mystery and murders to get going. The character development is good, though, and that takes most of the first part. Then, the novel gets going big time in part 2. The ending is brilliant...so brilliant I caught my breath! Completely unexpected, by me anyway. This novel deserves a listen.
This was my first experience with this author and the novel is toward the end of the series. However, this didn't diminish my overall enjoyment of the plot, the characters and the pictures the author paints of a demented pair of killers in a cold and desolate landscape. A child is found buried in a slab of ice and from there, a grisly tale of madness and obsession unfolds. I'd be happy if Audible carried more of this series.
If I ever needed another reason to stay away from Patterson's co-authored books, this novel would be it. Tick Tock has more product placement (eg. Tyvek pants; Pixar film) than I noticed in the others; the characterizations are shallow; the plot thin. The end of the novel is rushed and very unsatisfactory not to mention unbelievable. I mean, why would a character who has been painted as black suddenly change colours and be a part of a heroic rescue at the end? Nothing led up to that. We're just expected to believe it with no preparation. These latest books can't hold a candle to vintage Patterson and they never fail to disappoint. Save your money. (Have to add that the reason I kept listening was the excellent narration by Cannavale and Sowers. Top-notch.)
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