This was a gritty, suspenseful & edgy book. I had a hard time listening to it & if the story line hadn't gripped me so completely would have turned it off. Her portrayal of pedophilia & child abuse was very disturbing & realistic.
The narrartor, Joyce Bean did an excellent job as always.
I tried & kept trying to read this book.
I'm generally a fan of Ms Weiner's books-but this one...
I made it to chapter 11 & that was a valiant effort on my part.
First, it just dragged. She seemed to keep repeating herself. Even my husband asked if I hadn't already listened to certain parts. Listening to the voice of the child was akin to nails on a chalkboard & the child herself, well all I can say is kudos to the writer for creating the most unpleasant character ever.
The one thing that made this even more of an impossible & unpleasant read was the lack of research. The main character is addicted to Oxycontin. Oxycontin is a time-released pain medication that comes in 20mg (pink), 40mg (orange) & 80 mg (green) tablets. The small bright blue 30mg tablets that the main character ate like candy would be Oxycodone. If she were to chew Oxycontin she would most likely go into respiratory distress & die.
At least then this insufferable book would be over...
I found the description of this novel & title to be fairly off-putting. But I ended up purchasing it as I needed something to listen to & it had good reviews on Amazon.
I can not even begin to explain how incredibly bad it was. This read like an extremely poorly written YA novel. The author tossed in everything from guardian angels to banshees to witches & selkies & it didn't work.
If I could give it less than one star I would.
I am a HUGE Jodi Picoult fan & eagerly anticipate & read all her novels. Imagine my surprise when I found myself listening to a book that much more closely resembled Danielle Steele than Jodi Picoult & I am NOT a Steele fan.
You'll find none of Picoult's typically beautiful storytelling & well thought out prose. The book is choppy, inconsistant & just silly.
I read everything-I love books. I love audiobooks. A book has to especially bad for me to denegrate it. This one is.
Great book! Lots of political intrigue, conspiracy & sexual tension. It easily rates 5 stars except for the reader who unfortunately has a high pitched (think nails on a blackboard) voice w/o depth. I eventually got used to the reader but will avoid books read by her in the future. Karen Robards has followed her last book "Obsession" w/ another winner.
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