Huntsville, Al USA | Member Since 2013
I was expecting an "up all night" read/listen based on the reviews of this book. Unfortunately, I didn't lose any sleep!! It was pretty tame, and pretty cookie cutter. Boy obsessed with girl, girl moving on, boy wigs out, etc.... throw in a little twist, an editor, and a publisher, and voila!! A book is born. I am not usually so harsh in my reviews.... but I am so disgusted that I can't seem to find a read that is actually unique & exciting!! I'll keep trying.
As for the narrator of the audio book.... oh my!! I wonder if she is not what ruined the story for me! It seemed like she was reading with her finger guiding her line by line. The flow was off!!! The Texas accent she portrayed for "Morris" was absurd - bordering on comical. I can't stand the way narrators make Southern characters sound so ridiculous. It was like a REALLY BAD "Dallas" skit! Her "regular" voice was ok most of the time... but she seems to slur badly around "s" and over pronounces "ed" before the next word. Quite often, she sounded like Sylvester the cat with peanut butter on the roof of his mouth!! Sssssssuffferin' Succotash!
The quote on the cover says, "If you like Mary Higgins Clark, you'll love Wendy Corsi Staub."
Well, I do love Mary Higgins Clark, especially her earlier novels! I "cut my 'reading' teeth" on her, so to speak. Through the years, I continued to read MHC's books, but my reading taste evolved a bit, partly because after years of MHC, she seemed to become more and more predictable. So, after seeing that quote, I was a little skeptical of this book... I am so glad I continued on anyway!!
I see how Ms. Jackson came to the comparison... WCS's writing style is similar to MHC - in that she ends chapters with the suspense that keeps you reading "one more page", until you are up all night. She also features the voice of the person "who done it" and offers enough suspects to keep you guessing.
The story held my attention and there were several spine chilling moments & a nice twist, without being overly predictable. I listened to the audio version and I felt the narrator did a great job. I really enjoyed this book, more than any I have read or listened to lately. I recommend it!!
I wanted to like this book more. I didn't hate it or love it. It was "ok". The story was interesting enough and the plot had many twists. It seemed to me to be two very separate stories oddly woven into one. They had something in common, but it didn't seem to flow well to me. I "figured out" Cat's story, but not the New Orleans murders. That conclusion seemed forced and odd to me, like it was solved because it had to be to finish the book, but it was not interesting or shocking. The book was MUCH longer than it needed to be... 18 hours in audio format! Several scenes and descriptions didn't really add to the story and could have easily been omitted.
The narration of the audio book, by the very popular Joyce Bean, was like nails on a chalk board!! Was her accent supposed to be Mississippi or New Orleans?? What it turned into was Old South... Georgia or South Carolina, where all the "er"s turn into "A"s, like "whatta", & everyone sounds either incredibly pretentious or incredibly stupid. As a native Alabamian, both annoy me. One character pronounced murder as "MUWEDA". I can't even accurately describe it. It was so bad!! Not only that, but the 31 year old character sounded like she was 50+. Joyce Bean is a good narrator - but this was a fail.
I read this book last year, but with the movie being released in October 2014, I wanted to refresh the story in my mind. It was just as "amazing" as I remembered. Even though I knew the ending, I still found myself sitting in the car listening, when I should have been going into the grocery store, or work. It is dark and disturbing and enraging and I hate the ending.... but that's what makes it so good!!
I *LOVE* the Collins-Burke Series!! I can't buy the next one right away due to the budget - and I think I am having withdrawals!! That said, this was not my favorite... while I like the story/plot, there were so many characters - I found it hard to keep up with all of them. I think if I had been READING instead of LISTENING, maybe it would not have seemed so overwhelming? Not sure! Still love the characters and the series! The narrator is remarkable! This makes me want to learn more about the Catholic faith!
I have the strange feeling I have already read this book... but can't be sure. It's not in my Kindle library - so maybe not?!? I digress... I find myself at a loss. I am not really sure what to say. I liked the plot, but it all seemed a bit too shallow for me. You never really got deep into anything... things were just left dangling - like say David, mono-zygotic twins, the "shadow" under the bed, the whole story about the scar... and did they say they "buy" kids for scholarships?? It all seemed to be explained, but in a way that left you wondering if that was all there was to it. I feel like I missed A LOT about this book that should be important. It's like something evil this way comes, then bibbity, bobbetiy, boo! It's all fixed or just disappears all together - not to be mentioned again.
I did get the last twist... I had that pegged. Again, that feeling I had read this before. I do not really understand the dynamic between all the doctors or the doctors and Allie. Now, I did listen to this book - so maybe I just zoned out and missed something crucial, but after reading this in other reviews, I tend to lean toward my first instincts about the book. I think I may need to listen to the last few chapters again.
As for the audio version... the narrator verged on annoying, especially in the presentation of the "doctors".
I am a dedicated Lisa Gardner fan. I have read (or listened to) every book! I am just not sure how I feel about this book. The characters were interesting, even if disturbing, and it held my attention - starting with a bang!! But, it just became too contrived. The relationship between the sisters, what occurred between them... it was just too hard to find any grain of plausibility in that, for me. Not to mention the fact that D.D. was on suspension/leave - not only because of an injury - but also because of a pending investigation re: discharging her gun. I seriously doubt ANY member of "her team" would risk the consequences of letting her be such a large part of an active case. It would have been more believable for me, as a reader - and more challenging for D.D., as a character to see her struggle with the challenges of working the case from a desk.
That said, the narration is excellent!!! Kirsten Potter is a favorite!!
I started listening to this book and soon began to think I had read this book already! I checked my Kindle and I was right.... I read it about 2 years ago. I remembered the premise and that I liked the book, but I didn't remember "who done it". So, I decided to go ahead and listen. I am so glad I did!!
Kirsten Potter is AMAZING in her performance! She brings Tami Hoag's great characters and story to life!! She is the best I have heard so far!
I would be surprised if you regret this buy!
I cut my "mystery/thriller" teeth on Mary Higgins Clark's books. When I first started reading, she was certainly my "go-to". I have evolved, I suppose, and I am not sure if I have changed that much or if the book was that bad - but I did not like this book! The idea was ok... the twin telepathy thing, etc., but the story falls flat. Not to mention, for a while I wondered if this was the work of a well loved author - or a missing excerpt from "World's Dumbest Criminals"!! It may have been the narration, it made the entire thing just pretentious!! The performance of the mom was laughable!! If you just have to add this to your library... I recommend the text version, not the audio!
I liked the story, and I liked most of the characters - the narration needs work!! I am from Alabama; I get that the accent in the South can range from charming to completely backwoods... but come on! Natalie Ross' interpretation was insulting! I'm pretty sure these characters were written to, in fact, have teeth - but you'd never know it based on her attempt of the accent. It was unnerving & I had the story not been interesting, I would have stopped listening! To digress, I've learned a bit more about the relationship between Sarah and Jeffrey after listening to this book and feel that some pertinent information was omitted! It doesn't really change THIS story, but since I was meeting these characters mid-series, it's something I would consider "good to know".
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