Most shocking ending since The Sixth Sense, and one hell of a plot ride to reach there - twists and turns and surprises around every corner. I've enjoyed upwards of two dozen audiobooks this year, but hands down, this is the best listen, and the story is one of the most thrilling mysteries I've ever come across, period, in three decades of voracious reading.
Audible enticed me to try this mystery novel, saying if I loved Gone, Girl, I'd enjoy Into the Darkest Corner.
Gone, Girl still remains the most shocking mystery novel I've ever read (and I've read/istened to more than I can count). I've yet to find a mystery that beats it -- yet some come close to being nearly as good, and Into the Darkest Corner is a goodie. Is great, actually -- five-star rating, especially for the performance by narrator Karen Cass.
Cass gives voice to Cathy, the victim, both the confident Cathy that came "before" and the Cathy who, well .... don't want to give any plot spolilers away here. Listeners need to learn Cathy's fate for themselves.
Author Ken Bruen's crime noir novels featuring Jack Taylor are wickedly funny -- Irish wit at its absolute darkest. His protagonist is an antihero disgraced former cop turned private detective, always ready with biting phrases and usually fighting a losing battle with booze and drugs. But he's also extremely well read, philosophical, loyal and even loving sometimes -- and does good despite his best efforts at undermining himself. I highly recommend the entire series, which starts with The Guards. But this particular volume, The Devil, can stand on its own for everyone unfamiliar with the others. Because in this one, Bruen turns supernatural ala Stephen King, where Jack Taylor literally is fighting for the forces of good.
The Crossfire protagonists, Eva and Gideon, are far more colorful, pun intended, than Fifty Shades of Grey. In Fifty, the heroine Anastasia is black and white - the innocent virgin falling under the spell of an experienced man. But here in Bared to You, Eva is no innocent. Darkness in her past has made her complicated sexually, and Gideon, with skeletons of his own, falls as much under her spell as she does under his. I've read both series (Crossfire and Fifty) and I've listened to both on Audible. If someone asks me which to recommend as better, hands down it's Crossfire. More dimensional characters and a far more complex plot. Oh and the sex is much hotter. My ears were burning!
There are a number of Lord of the Rings recordings out there, including a superb dramatization by the BBC. But there is only ONE set of unabridged recordings of the trilogy -- from Recorded Books and read by Rob Inglis. For many years, I've treasured the set of these recordings I have on compact disc. But never before now have I been able to find them for audio download -- until now!!! Words cannot express how thrilled I am to listen to the Lord of the Rings on my iPod (and on my Kindle too!) Audible members who have never yet heard the saga read in its entirety, you are in for a very special treat indeed! In a whole new way will you enjoy the story you've read years ago and have seen transformed into the motion pictures. It'll be almost as if you're experiencing the story for the very first time.
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