I was extremely fascinating by Audible's description of the book... I had seen it (somewhere) compared to "Gone Girl." Not quite. It wasn't nearly as suspenseful or layered. Also, Audible described her as a "killer," when, in fact, she doesn't become at all dangerous until the end of the storyline. It was a good read-- but as much emotional drama as suspense/intrigue. There was a good foundation to the story, but I wasn't at all satisfied with the climax & denouement.
Also, the male NARRATOR was annoying. While listening on Bluetooth, I could hear him make a clicking sound as if he had a very dry mouth. It was nasty & annoying. And.... is it necessary for them to always read the speakers' names constantly during dialogue without tags? The characters would give very short responses, but they continued to read the names. For example:
FRED: Hello, Bob.
BOB: Hi, Fred.
FRED: How are you?
BOB: I'm fine, and you?
FRED: Good. How's your wife?
BOB: She's wonderful.
The narrators would read the "Fred" and "Bob" with such enunciation that it was distracting from the extremely short dialogue. I guess it's more noticeable here than other books because 1) the responses are so short 2) Usually it is written with "tags" such as "Fred replied" or "Bob responded."
This was a decent read but not as good as I was expecting.
I thoroughly enjoyed Virals. However, Seizure was not near as interesting. There was more find-the-pirate-treasure "adventure" with only bits and pieces of the core storyline--- the abilities of the Virals. This is another one of those series in which the author seems as interested in stretching out the series as she does in developing characters and moving the plot along. I have stopped and started this one several times while reading other novels in between. I want to finish it, but I'm struggling to stay interested.
Also, I am a high school English teacher, so I frequently preview YA books for my class. I was fascinated with Hunger Games and just as impressed with Divergent. I thought this series may be along those lines, but I can imagine readers losing interest halfway through this one.
Another excellent read by Harlan Coben! One thing I will warn (for any of you who haven't read Coben before) is that his stories have many layers---- and, therefore, many characters! If you're a visual person like me, you will need to pay close attention to characters' names so that you can keep all the plot lines straight. If you can do this, you will not be disappointed! Coben is great, and Scott Brick is hands-down the best narrator I've ever listened to!
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