My major disappointment is that Carrington MacDuffie uses a terribly dull voice for the central character. The central character ends up sounding like a peevish, irritating helpless old woman.
Although I was intrigued by the plot line, I decided to stop listening and borrow the book from the library.
I couldn't get past the first 20 minutes of the book. The narrator has a flat, almost monotone voice and leaden pacing. Story may have been interesting--too bad I couldn't finish it!
Well...this novel should have been listed as a supernatural thriller. It's not a mystery or detective story because the villain is so unbelievably clever. And, there are lots of scenes of torture of women so avoid this book if you find it disturbing. In fact, most of the female characters are so one dimensional (and pretty stupid) that it really detracts from the story. Add to that....it's way too long!
Don't waste a credit!
I suspect that this might be a good book but the narrator is so flat and unemotional, that I found myself drifting off everytime I listened to it. The narrator is also not very good at varying the voice of her characters. It is more challenging for female narrators to "voice" male characters but this narrator really does a poor job. The men all sound alike.
Maybe I'll borrow the book from my library!
I liked this book, although at first, I thought it a bit slow. But, the pace of Scandinavian noir is always a bit slow with LOTS of detailed descriptions of place & people. Although I did see 'who done it', I still stuck with the book because the characters are very interesting. I think the author can take this book and make a series out of it. There is some room for the characters to change and grow. I especially liked the female characters--not "all tough as nails unbelievable" OR 'too delicate to breath' like some American authors portray female police & prosecutors. Instead there is vulnerability and growth in a believable way.
If you have read previous books in this series, then this book will feel very tedious. There's so much backstory for JP Beaumont that it takes pages and pages to summarize all of that. The past event summarizing seems to go on forever--very tedious if you have read the previous novels.
In addition, there is a very, very long series of flashbacks involving a 2nd story about Vietnam Veterans that is completely separate from the main mystery.
With all this extra material, I really lost interest in the main mystery. Tedious, tedious, tedious. I think this is the last J.A. Jance book that I'll purchase.
The main character is struggling with anorexia (not a spoiler alert...it's obvious from the first chapter). There are very, very long descriptions of meals and what she isn't eating, and so forth.
The plot is complex but seems a backdrop to the character's obsession with food (or not food). I kept skipping forward but then I'd lose the latest small step in the plot.
Very long book--couldn't stay interested.
the narrator has a 'little girl' type voice and her accents are terrible! Totally distracted from the value of the story.
Well performed with some interesting moral dilemmas.
Plot was a little predictable but it did have a slight variation....no spoilers here....
I hope the author realizes he's getting dangerously close to a formula and gets a new approach soon. I like the way the characters are developing but they need some new challenges!
I could not get through the first chapter of what could be a good book. The narrator's delivery was so wooden and robotic!!! Avoid this one--it's too bad...maybe Audible will have it re-recorded.
I suspect that Audible and the publishers are pressuring writers to create these long short stories/novellas. However, this is a difficult genre and not everyone can do it.
The plot was very, very thin and entirely predictable. I would not recommend this one, although I have greatly enjoyed the other novels in this series.
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