No great literary fiction here but OK as a fairly basic 'in genre' thriller. Pace is fast, protagonist is evil and the cop is good and a Mormon to boot! Cop gets the baddy and the girl in the end. The narrator is well selected for this role.
A nice romp!
I have these strange and dangerous thoughts !!
I quite enjoyed this book and would classify it as lighted hearted. I did not find this book horrifying at all; maybe occasionally a little grotesque. Perhaps I have become desensitised by watching the likes of CSI on the tele, but the mortuary scenes scenes were not at all shocking the way they were portrayed in such an everyday manner. In fact, I found the book rather amusing, especially when the supernatural elements appeared in the form of 'the demon' disguised as the old neighbour. What this demon serial killer did to his victims I read in the same humorous vein as the demon himself was described. I will buy the second in the series and again look forward to a nice light hearted 'horror.' Perhaps I'm a psychopath too (hehehe)!!
No one, The narrator, Abby Craden, should do jail time for most awful job I have ever heard. Please don't give up your day job Ms Craden. It was almost satirical, the way she read this book. It was so bad it was almost funny, almost !!
A gifted performer may have improved the book a lot, but would have needed to be exceptionally gifted, but I'll never know!!
No - luckily I should get my credit back
Please, please please, don't waste a credit unless you want to give as a gift to someone you don't like.
Apart from the fact that the book was well written and the characters well developed, Martyn Waites' performance was sublime; one of the best readers of audiobooks, he really brought this book to life.
Cleverly written, to keep the reader/listener on the edge of their seat. This was accomplished by telling different stories from the personal points of view of the various characters who played pivotal parts, in two separate criminals' murderous deeds, which cleverly come together in the end.
Absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller, suspense.
I loved the way the story, for the most part, was told through the eyes of a musically gifted 9 year old boy. I also loved the way the characters were portrayed though his eyes, particularly the Japanese gentleman who lived in the upstairs flat who become Jonah's surrogate father.
Korey Jackson was 'the book.' He performed it so well, his reading became seamless with the story itself. His slight African American accent suited the story perfectly.
good ultimately defeats evil
Loved this sensitive book. Koontz just gets better and better with age, like a good wine. He no longer needs heavy servings of the supernatural to smack you in the face and gets his message across now with smaller, more delicate helpings which are far more satisfying. I rate this one as his best so far.
Madeline was my favourite character. She told her story with wry humour and insight. While she put on a carefree face, she was deeply sensitive to others feelings and cared for her children and husband with whole heartedness while holding a deep hurt for being abandoned by her former husband.
She must have enjoyed the book immensely too because she brought to her performance an empathy which only a deep understanding of the characters could; what a brilliant depiction of voices.
It made me feel almost every emotion one can possibly feel. I smiled most of my way through the book as Liane Moriarty and Caroline Lee brought us - you and me - everyday people, to life and showed us at our best our worst and as everything imbetween.
I'm not normally a reader of these kind of books. How would you classify it? A story about relationships? My normal consumption of audiobooks are good police procedurals and thrillers but I bought this because of the numerous accolades it received and they were certainly well deserved. I cannot imagine a group of readers whom I would not recommend this book to. Irrespective of your 'normal' taste in books; read this !
I love the way the story was told by a number of characters from their journals & other paper works. It created mysteries within mysteries that kept my attention and interest all the way.
The very end of Tom's journal; I won't say anything else here, or it will be a giveaway.
the final chapters of the book as they unfolded, gave resolution to the to the previous chapters in a most unexpected way.
This book is not a simple thriller, where what you see is what you get. Rather it's quite the opposite.The writing of Tom Harper, was nicely achieved and gave gravity to an excellent performance by, Piers Wehener. I have not heard of this narrator before, but will be looking out for his other works. The story weaves this way and that, told from a number of viewpoints until you're at a loss as to who the protagonist might be. It kept my interest all the while with each character shedding some light on the situation and each other. However it's not until quite near the end until the whole story comes together in a most unexpected way that almost left me gasping. I liked the ending which left as many questions unanswered as those that had been answered. I recommend this book for those who enjoy a wonderful mystery suspense but where your ability to collate facts and your own mental creativity is not put on hold and becomes an intrinsic part of the denouement and final resolution - especially. Highly recommended\
Absolutely, because Michael Robotham is such a good writer and fully understands how to bring a character to life. Sean Barrett's performance is fantastic and always a pleasure to listen to. Robotham's books are always multilayered and more and more is gained with each listening/reading.
Well, Sami, of course. He's a born loser, or is he? We have to listen to the very end to find this out. Sami's trevails seem unending and insurmountable, but Michael Rothbotham draws this character so finely that we believe Sami and his life and barrack for him all the way to win over adversity.
Everything; what a polished performance. I epsecially loved his rastafarian voice.
Loved it; get it. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this.
so far, there's only been a couple of books, I've been unable to finish, and this is one of them. Not because the book was badly written, in fact is was probably quite good, but because the narration - I call it that over performance - was so bad. Her voice grated on me; her emphasis was all in the wrong places and she sounded like a 15 year old that was attempting to read a book to her young siblings. What a pity, Alafair! I have enjoyed all of your books to date and previous performers have all been fine. Why on earth did you change narrators.
Sorry, I found it impossible to concentrate on the story due this awful narration that I only got 1/3 into it before I gave it away completely.
Don't know, didn't finish it
If you're like me and require a good performance to enjoy a book; don't buy this !
How in the heck should I know? If I'd read it, I wouldn't have listened to it and vica versa.
Absolutely none !
Obviously, Andy, the main character who is really the only one we get to know well. We see the world through his eyes as his neighborhood changes around him after certain events happen.
Love thy neighbour, not!
I don't know what I was expecting when I purchased this book; some sort of mystery suspense because that's the category I usually buy from. This, however, is no ordinary mystery thriller. Yes, there is murder, if fact there are two, but they are only incidental to the real story. The story of how the public can be whipped into a frenzy - to be more concise - a killing frenzy, by the press and other media that unmasks all the hidden prejudices that live within all of us. I found this book a very disturbing examination of the group human psyche. If you like psychological thrillers then this book is for you; it's very frightening.
I like the Alex Delaware series and especially like reading them between 5 star reads which don't come often enough. John Rubenstein performs them admirably and has grown to be an expected and intrinsic part of the books. The regular characters are always enjoyable and never deviate from their personas. Plots are always well constructed and interesting. These are rarely suspenseful reads and I enjoy them because they are a relaxing read which won't keep the adrenaline pumping into the wee hours of the morning.
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