As I listened to this unbelievable mess I kept trying to remember why I thought I liked novels by Harlen Coben. By unbelievable I mean the characters' motivations and actions, and the premise that multiple murders could have been committed in the same spot over so many years without any bodies having been discovered. None of this was helped by Scott Brick's overacting (over-narrating?), reading everything, even chapter numbers, with deep emotional gravitas. I'm not sure how (or why) I made it through to the end.
Grabbed my attention from the start and kept it throughout. Well-written. Once you accept its premise (which was easy to do for me) it holds together well. Only downsides were its relative brevity and the fact that this appears to be Smith's only novel.
I'm a fan of Perry (and Jane Whitefield), and did enjoy this book. But it did not have the hold on me that his earlier Whitefield books had. For example, it always bothers me when the hero/protagonist fails to take obvious steps that would improve his/her chances of a good outcome (eg, why didn't Jane take one of her captor's cars--or at least his money--when she escaped?) or does things that put her at risk w/o taking obvious steps to mitigate that risk. These things could have been done w/o compromising the plot (which was borderline believable at best). Jane's motivations were weak as well--eg, how did she know that her client really was innocent of the crimes for which he had been convicted?
I'm talking myself into an even lower rating, but I did enjoy the book, so I will stick with 4*.
I've liked most Stephen King novels, but this is probably his best. As an engineer and geek, I particularly appreciated the internal consistency of its basic concept, which, given the premise of the time portal, remained believable throughout. And it was just a good story.
And Craig Wasson's reading makes me want to look for other books he's narrated, regardless of their authors.
Many of the Amazon reviews downgrade this novel b/o its implausibility. I have to agree that it requires several leaps of faith to accept its premise, but then I've found that many of Dean Koontz's and Stephen King's works are implausible, but I still enjoy them immensely. Perry is a good enough writer that I had no trouble dealing with the unbelievable parts, and I enjoyed the novel without difficulty. And Kramer's narration was excellent.
Horrible overacting (overreading?) by Susan Ericksen. The book itself was probably okay, but I couldn't continue to listen after the first few hours. The exaggerated voicing drove me away.
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