I've listened to a number of books read by this narrator and he is truly terrific. He is probably the reason I finished it.
About the book, I thought I liked it until the end, which brought me up very short. Another reviewer likened this book to a meshing of "The Shining" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" but this book isn't nearly as good as either. If you've read Stephen King's "Misery", then you'll understand my opinion of this book as a "cheat". I just don't understand the rave reviews. I found the book a bit plastic.
The story has some interesting characters and a reasonable line. While the history and relationship of the two main characters is and should be part of this story, with every page harping on her eyes and his chest, I got bored. The narrator's delivery and accent was pleasant and she did a very good job; however, the constant high drama delivery also got very old. Except that the ending was pretty good, I was glad it was over.
It is rare that I don't finish a book, being continually optimistic that the bad will get better. I simply cannot go on! Loaded with B movie machoism, poorly developed superficial characters and dialogue that leaves the reader yawning, this book is Boring Beyond Belief. I am extremely forgiving of authors who take huge literary liberties for the sake of a story but this one is just too much. The author's lead macho man is a vagrant ex-MP who gets the girl in two days, single-handedly gets the best of a prison riot and makes a 20 year veteran of Boston homicide division look dull-witted and stupid. The book sounds as if it should be exciting but it's boring and slow. Michael Connelly is much better.
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