Wallingford, CT, United States
I guess it takes me 29% of the beginning to engage. This book was so slow it took me a while to realize that Lila and Lucy were the main characters. I did enjoy how the author summarized the dark trafficking plot in a light way. Would I read it again? No. Would you have to remind me about the details should it come up in a book club? Yes. Not a terrible read so it gets an average 3-stars all around. If you like the plot to unfold one character at a time, narrated by each character, then this is for you. It is worth a credit. Won't be a Hollywood movie though.
From Coben, I expected more. I kept chasing characters trying to find the main protagonist. Even at the end, when the lawyer explained the mastermind behind the whole thing, it didn't bring any comfort.
The book begins with a prisoner telling a story. Well that should've been the major direction of the book, it was one tiny percentage. More like shotgun-splatter topics in a sea of author mental diarrhea. There was the voyeur housewife, the poor woman who got the picture, a side kick to an investigator, a hired thug bodyguard, a rich guy, a wickedly strong Asian who can incapacitate a man with a pinch, the list goes on.
Perhaps Scott Brick would have saved the narration but, we'll never even have that. The female voice of characters was horrible.
SPOILER ALERT: it was the lawyer. Who cares? No one. Why did she? No one cares. By the time you find that out in the book, the spoiler alert will have been moot. Maybe the next book will be about this guy Woo and his magic fingers.
Throughout the entire book, I had so envisioned Addison Goodheart to be an ultra humanistic looking male while the world who watched him was going to actually appear as snakelike demon creatures. Ironically, at the very end, when a spat from an evil man and the Clears came to light I confirmed that I was overwhelmingly in love with this novel.
This is the first time an author has read a book that made sense because of the preface of the main character being an autodidact. Read it & you'll believe it.
Eloquently written, even better read. I loved this novel. For those that say this is not atypical Dean Koontz, they are correct. However for those of us that love a change, big words, and a cerebral thriller, this is for you...
Good book for a light refresher in between darker fiction/thrillers. Read like a teen novel. Won't entertain the series unless I need a reprieve from the next shocking fictional satire laden thriller I lean towards typically.
Slow story to start. Actually, it took me up until Part II before I decided this wasn't such a bad read (thus the 2-stars for my lack of patience). It's the first novel that gave me a screamingly good climax and finale up through the last 10 minutes. I was utterly shocked at the surprise the author spun on my mind's eye; and for that I thank her. Great character development and shockingly, the story of Camille developed a favorable balance with that of the killer she sought to report.
More political content than I prefer in a novel. Especially with fictional political characters. However, the quick end with the fast explaination of who the real bad guy was intrigued me. The author did a good job ending the story and giving me a quick finale chock with a full explaination of everything I needed to know about Frank.
I just can't get past the first quarter of this jumpy book. I see the goal but the narrator just hasn't engaged me. I'm dumping it for something more my speed.
Story was great. Narrator kept confusing his vocal depictions of characters. In one instance he is speaking for Olivia, a young lady. The next he is speaking as a male with the same tone and vocal reflections. It threw me off many times. I would recommend the book but not the narrator.
If you were to take a cheesy reality show concept and abort that mission, you'd wind up with this dreadful literary piece. It was not only a devastatingly boring story but, it was slow, unsurprising and unengaging. I want my time back more than the credit but alas, the time is gone for ever.
Save your time, skip this novel.
It read like a treasure map. The narrator took me from one exciting point to the next and I was addicted. SciFi yes; but, it was so expertly written and narrated that I easily overlooked that fact.
I can't release any information without first offering a -spoiler alert-. Therefore, I politely recommend you add this to your library post haste. It was such an addicting story that I not only listened to it during my normal work commute but I had to keep listening for hours when I was home for the day. I even had my ear buds in during my daughter's soccer game, that's how phenomenal this story was. I couldn't wait to learn the next surprise and the next and the next.
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