Joshilyn Jackson consistently delivers stories I don't expect with an enjoyable listen. Though she says up front it's someone else's love story, I honestly didn't expect the plot twists. And though the last subjects I want to listen to are teen motherhood and date rape, her characters are so consistently fascinating, I couldn't turn the book off.
I was surprised Isabel Allende had written a detective novel, but figured I'd give it a try since I've loved everything else of hers I've read. All I can say is this book was just too long. The ideas are good, the writing is good, but she needs to edit more critically. Too much of a good thing is just too much.
I bought this book because I love the area of Massachusetts she is writing about. I was hoping for the sights and sounds of a place I hadn't seen since I was a girl. What I got was a very real, hard, yet somehow sympathetic and compelling look at a life unraveling. This is a Yankee kind of story - hard and unvarnished in the telling of both the good and the bad. Mary Beth Hurt's narration was spot on.
After having heard Barry Eisler read this short story, I was disappointed to find out he wasn't the narrator for all his other works. His narration really makes his work come alive. I liked this one so much I started right in on "Inside Out". I haven't read gritty spy thrillers since I was a girl, but listening to these reminded me of the sophisticated thrill ride of John Le Carre.
Thanks for introducing me to a new favorite.
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