I would recommend this book to Coben fans, but with I would add a caveat. The resolution falters. It's not Coben's best.
The most interesting aspect of the story is the story itself -- until it ends. I enjoyed most of the characters -- especially his friend, Tyrese.
I enjoyed the rendering of David Beck, Shauna, and Tyrese. However, I thought the narration and characterizations were very good throughout.
It was made into a movie, but I did not see it.
The beginning and middle were far more logical than the ending, which to me, was somewhat of a let-down.
I really enjoyed this book, but would have liked it even better had it not taken on so many storylines that were unrelated to the events that needed to be resolved. I love the way that Jacqueline Winspear incorporates so many disparate ramblings into her books, but this particular novel went off-plot a bit too often. It was a bit too meandering for my tastes.
The opening segment was fascinating to me, but there was one to many social events in this book that did not advance the primary story. I was terribly interested in Eddie ad in Billy, but the explanation for what happened to them did not live up to my expectations.
Orlagh Cassidy is the heart of these books. She's an excellent narrator/reader/actress. I cannot imagine these books being interpreted by someone other than her.
Yes, the opening sequence.
I recommend this book to Maisie Dobbs fans, but not to newbies to this series.
I've grown to love this writer and this series. This particular book was sad, poignant, reflective, and mysterious. I've listened to many, many books, but this series is one of my favorites.
I really can't compare the Maisie Dobbs series of mysteries or this book to any other writer or character that I am familiar with. These books are more than mysteries, but in the end, they always solve a puzzle and resolve a case.
This was my fourth or fifth encounter with Oriagh Cassidy's narration. I cannot think of a more fitting story teller for this series of books.
This book was tinged with tragedy at it's heart and a loss that was unforgettable occurred. Sometimes there is no justice. This book touched upon that theme.
I was moved by this book as I often am by Jacqueline Winspear's other books in this series. Her reflections on how WW1 affected the British people is both eye opening and sad at times. However, there is always a mystery that must be resolved and Maisie and Billy always "get their man."
My favorite James Patterson writing partner is Maxine Paetro. I'm not totally sure that I would try another book by this team, but I won't rule it out. It will depend on the story.
Second Honeymoon is my first audio book by this writing team.
The readers were fine, I just didn't find the characters to be very deep or very complex.
No. It's too light weight to be a good TV show or movie.
The story definitely improved when the two major characters connected.
I have come to really enjoy the Maisie Dobbs series. I know that everyone has different tastes, but if you enjoy gentle stories, full of likeable characters, and a good mystery thrown in, then I would absolutely recommend this book to you.
My favorite is Maisie herself, followed by Billie. These two share such a respectful and tender bond.
I love Kim Hick's interpretation of these stories. She IS Maisie Dobbs.
I really just enjoyed it -- nothing extreme. It's like spending time with an old friend.
Try it, you might like it.
This book contains some an interesting story line, but it is loaded with so much minutiae that it becomes difficult to see the big picture. I prefer more about characters and plot than I do about autopsy details.
I have listened to Patricia Cornwell before and will again. This was just not her best book in my humble opinion.
Kate Reading does a good job with pages of details. I've not listened to her before, but I'd definitely listen to her narration again.
I would have ask the author to cut to the chase. The reader usually cares more about the characters and the twists than details that could have been excluded without sacrificing the science.
I really gave it a try -- just finally quit out of frustration.
I know that the Cork O'Connor character has a following, but the book was just not a very satisfying read for me. Again, this is probably due to personal tastes, but I won't read this author again.
It needed to start out with a bang. The first line didn't grab me and it got worse as it went on. I finally quit listening to it and decided that this writer is not for me.
I thought that Buck Schirner's performance was too "down home." It lacked color. In the past couple of weeks I have listened to books narrated by readers who could do accents, change their voice to fit different characters, and provide depth into the characters. I didn't feel that Mr. Schirner's performance reached that level of proficiency.
Not for me. I'm sure that many others enjoyed it, but it was not for me.
Maybe I started with the wrong book in this series. I can't recommend it and I cannot recommend to a listener who knows this character to forgo this book. It just did not work for me.
This book had very well drawn characters and an excellent narrator. It was somewhat like a radio play, but performed by one reader. I cannot say enough about how well Katherine Kellgren performed on this book.
No, although she creates colorful characters, I prefer other genres.
She's excellent. She was able to deliver the goods -- she understood these colorful and cooky characters and was able to impart their idiosyncrasies to the audience
For me, no, but I am sure she has fans. I can see a Masterpiece Theater production of this book, but it is not for everyone.
The book is fine, it is just not what I was looking for. However, it was well done and well written. I like a "thicker" plot in my mysteries.
I really enjoyed this book. It started off with a good mystery, but in solving the crime, our heroine revealed much about life in London following WW1 and leading up to WW2. I had never read a Jacqueline Winspear before, but I am really glad I found her.
Massie Dobbs was my favorite character because she was smart, kind, gracious, and independent. And she was good at her job. I am looking forward to my next encounter with Massie Dobbs.
This was my first experience with Oriagh Cassidy's narration. She's excellent. I have no complaints.
I would have listened to it all in one sitting, but there's never enough time for that.
I recommend it. It was definitely my cup of tea.
Yes, I did enjoy listening to this book, but there were too many murders actually. A couple would have sufficed since two of the story lines had real possibilities. I would have liked them to have been further explored.
I like listening to Kathy Reichs's stories. For her, I think this is closer to a B- than an A+, but I still liked it.
She's a good reader. I appreciate her work.
Yes, I could see it being a movie.
I recommend it for Kathy Reichs fans. I think they will enjoy it.
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