With no published reviews of this book, I didn't really know what I was getting when I bought it on Audible. What I got was something wonderful. A good story, a good narrator and a tale that makes you think and consider the resilience of the human condition. In it, lost children are sheltered and nurtured by a once-lost man; long-ago mis-justices are researched and undone; and wisdom in the form of one-sentence phrases is delivered to all who listen.
I like this book because it WASN'T an edge of the seat tale. Perhaps I've grown tired of that genre for the time being. . . so this, a form of gentle, descriptive, poignant story-telling really caught my interest. Yes there were mysteries to solve and complex personal interactions to weave, but it was mostly just a nice, solid story that engages you from the very beginning.
If there are faults to be found, they come from two or three brief (and not critical) glitches in the recording quality. (In them, phrases are repeated, as if they were dubbed in.)
All in all, if you are ready for something different, this book just might be the ticket.
This is the second in Barclay's books about the Archer family and their amazing "troubles." The narration is very engaging and the story is filled with twists and turns along the way. This one, like "Too Close to Home," left me shaking my head.
The two books allow you to know the main characters and even the bad guy gets your sympathy at times. In the end, the Archers involve themselves (even at arms length) in heinous crimes and are raising a teenage daughter who is more than a little bit aware of all of it. How do they resolve their involvement, their cover up, their intentional misleading of the police, etc., in order to protect themselves from any accountability? Mr. Archer is a teacher. Mrs. Archer a government employee. Yet, they seem okay with the events and the deception that must continue if they are to remain above suspicion.
Not to give away the ending, but in this one, the real "culprit" behind much of the crime in the story is known only at the very close of the book. . . and that person has no regrets, no qualms and no accountability at all. Breaks your heart because over the two books, this one will have your empathy!
A very good read! Recommend reading both books, with this one second!
This is one awesome story! It will keep you engaged and guessing until the very last. That's the kind of mystery that makes your time and credits worth it. Loved Christopher Lane's narration and looking forward to reading Barclay's next installment in this series, "No Safe House."
The premise of this story was intriguing. . . and that's about the best thing I can offer. This one was about twice as long as it needed to be, especially the arduous, never-ending horse ride through the desert lava fields. I was desperate to see the finish of the story in sight! In all, there was so much redundancy in the story telling -- and very little, if any mystery at all! Anyone could predict the outcome for all the characters. . . none of whom were at all endearing. Average read or below, I think.
i can't help it....this book was absent Dick Hills' amazing voice and for that reason lacked much of the "character" present in other Connelly books. Moreover, if this is to be the final Bosch chapter, it left me sorely disappointed. The ending was not one that should have gone with Bosch's final days as a cold case detective. The story itself was just "okay" rather than "great." Still, worth the advance order and credit. Can't help but wish for more more more!
The author and narrator of this series have done a fabulous job of creating a wonderful series featuring journalists and cops and criminals. Read them in order (1- Rogue Island, 2-Cliff Walk, then 3-Providence Rag.) Mulligan is a lovable, flawed reporter for the Providence RI newspaper, which by the way, is on life support as are most newspapers these days. The story is VERY contemporary, citing everything from Obama Care to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Each story is unique and different enough to grab your attention and engage your brain in solving the various conundrums the characters face. Political mud, mob crime, serial murders, and the ethics of modern day journalists are central to the stories and make for very good listening!
In some ways this is a "coming of age-coming to Jesus story"; but it is much more too. Circa 1961, a preacher's kid encounters personal losses and moral decisions that prove to be too much for a twelve year old boy.
This is an enormously satisfying story of a family and community that is at once ordinary and yet very unusual. Discrimination against Native Americans and those handicapped is visceral and leads to behaviors and decisions that create enormous hurts. The mystery of three deaths, all on or near the river are central to the story.
In the end, a young boy and his brother are faced with grave, all consuming decisions that will shape their lives forever.
The narration is superb, the story engaging and awe-inspiring.
This novel is categorized as "mystery/thriller - legal thriller" but it seems that is a bit of an exaggeration. It has plenty of mystery and much, much court room drama, but I could not find the "thriller" element of the story. In fact, the story is told in a calm, matter-of-fact way that reduces any anxiety or thrill that might have come along.
That said, it is a very good legal/court room drama story with numerous plot twists that will keep you listening. In this one, a litigator (white shoe law firm partner, husband, son, father) finds himself in the midst of a host of dilemmas, including representation of a family friend whom he distrusts and despises, infidelity, lying under oath, suicide/re-murder questions, and more.
I liked David Ledoux's narration very much and enjoyed the way the story developed. It was not a nail-biter by any means, but did get a gasp or two from me near the end of the story as surprising new twists are revealed.
I have enjoyed other Courtenay books more, but this is a very good story. For me, the difference was that in his other books, I have found a female character to empathize with/relate to; and found none in this one. Jack's mother, teachers, "girl friends" and others were just fleeting characters in the story.
Jack is bright but sure makes some crazy (aka stupid) decisions throughout the story. Nonetheless, he survives, even thrives and his life story takes the listener to interesting and exotic locales where he makes his way with music and/or gambling.
Humphey Bower as always, did a magnificent job narrating the story. I simply would have liked to "care" a little more about the characters, including Jack.
This is book 3 in the "Harper Connelly" series. I had not read books 1, 2, nor 4 in this series. . . which was okay, because this book can stand alone. I don't think I need to read the rest of the series, since the descriptions of the plots are more of the same. Typically, stories about the supernatural are not interesting to me, but something within the first minutes of this one hooked me.
That said, the plot became quite complex and the story line muddied at times. The lead characters, (presumably step sister and brother,) are featured in the grisly as well as the sexually explicit parts of the book and it was a bit tough to listen to at times. Serial murders, sexual torture of children and the like can make my stomach turn.
The narration made listening okay. Besnahan's performance was terrific and I give her five stars. That done, I can only barely award the story itself 3 stars overall.
I have become an avid fan of Silva's novels. . . particularly enjoying the ones that feature Gabriel Alon. . . terrific pacing and plot, great characters and best of all, exotic locales where all the action occurs. This is another of Silva's really good stories. Am already anxious to start the next one in the series.
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