Barbara Lassiter and Susan Martinez, two New Mexico homicide detectives, are assigned to investigate the murder of a wealthy Albuquerque socialite. They soon discover that the victim, a narcissistic borderline personality, played a lifetime game of destroying people's lives. As a result, the list of suspects in her murder is extensive.
The detectives find themselves enmeshed in a helix of possible perpetrators with opportunity, means, and motive - and soon question giving their best efforts to solve the case the more they learn about the victim's hideous past.
Their job gets tougher when the victim's psychiatrist is murdered and DVDs turn up that show the doctor had serial sexual relationships with a large number of his female patients, including the murder victim.
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Borderline is a novel about two female detectives investigating a murder of a woman with borderline disorder, and as the story develops, this woman seems to have ruined many people's lives, so there are many suspects.
We also get insight in the two detectives personal lives, struggles and their constant struggle when it comes to female detectives in a man's world. There are a lot sexism in this book and it made it rather dull. We've heard enough about the sexism in law enforcement - guys, get over it!
I usually enjoy detective novels, but I also expect these novels to be filled with a good sense of humor. I didn't have any laughs even that the book is loaded with original characters, who actually could be funny. Most of the characters weren't very likeable, and that annoyed the heck out of me.
I'm sure this book has a large audience, so it could be just me not all that captivated by it. It was hard to hold the attention, even the plot is well-developed. However, I didn't feel the characters was developed enough.
Narrator Pamela Almand was outstanding in her performance, and did voices and accents very well. She was very lively and involved and I'd love to hear her in other genres. She didn't have a girly voice, which made her very good when it came to the many male voices in this book.
*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. Read all my reviews at mybookhype dot com.
I like that there were 2 strong female leads in this book. The story was definitely interesting and I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen. Some of the dialogue seemed a little strange to me, but overall, I liked where the story and characters went.
I believe this was my first experience with Pamela Almand's narration. She did a nice job with the various characters and capturing the experience of the female detectives.
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Really enjoyable, entertaining and interesting murder mystery.
Inspired by actual events? The truth is stranger than fiction.
This one kept me guessing for a bit. The story is fast paced and constantly moves forward. Several intersecting plot lines along twists and turns and another murder add to the mystery. There are enough suspects to go around that it takes a bit for you to whittle down the suspects and narrow in on the correct one(s).
Along with a great cast of characters I really enjoyed that this story had not one but 2 strong female leads. Detectives Barbara Lassiter and Susan Martinez are both great characters.
This is the first Joseph Badal book I have "read", bit it definitely won't be my last.
This is the first time I have listened to a book narrated by Pamela Almand. She did a really good job. Great character voices. Pleasant voice. Smooth even pace and clearly spoken. Great male and female character voices. All around great job. I would definitely listen to more books narrated by Pamela Almand.
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This was an all consuming mystery which kept me guessing and intrigued until the end. There were 2 female detectives trying to solve 2 brutal murders with many, many suspects. Although the murders were gory, the book does not go into excessive detail about them. There were several different plot angles and the characters were all very well developed. I really liked the two lady detectives and could see them being the protagonists in a detective series.
I received the Audible version of this book in exchange for an honest review and I did not want to stop listening! Not only was the book suspenseful, it was narrated very well by Pam Almand. She has a very pleasing voice and was able to give all of the characters their own distinct voice.
All in all I totally recommend this book. It is a very enjoyable and suspenseful mystery (without being scarey!).
Near the top. Very suspenseful.
Barbara overcomes a lot and we want to cheer her on.
Good diction and good grasp of the characters.
Yes, helps to keep the characters and story line together.
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Borderline is entertaining and very well "voiced". NOT the usual run of the mill plot. It isn't over the top but unique without giving too much way.
Enough thrills and unexpected turns. Certainly enough suspects to keep the most jaded armchair detective guessing until the end.
Pamela Almand is a good choice for "Voice Over Talent". Pamela's preference instead of "Narrator". The material has quite a few characters, and Pamela establishes voices that are distinct to them. That added to the audio book experience over the e book.
Girls Gone Wild in Albuquerque. What happens in New Mexico, ...
With a few short breaks, I listened to Borderline in "one sitting" as Audible likes to phrase it.
I appreciate the opportunity to listen to and review Borderline.
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Mother of 8, grandmother of 12, RN and book nerd
I really enjoyed this one. Standard mystery, two female detectives trying to make their place in what is usually a male dominant profession. I felt a connection with the main character and cold understand her struggle. The plot and twists and turns were good, a few predictable, but still good. Narrator did a good job distinguishing between characters and narration was smooth with good inflection. I will follow up with this writer and narrator in future books.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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This is the first book by this author, that I've listened to. The plot has two female detectives working to solve a homicide. There is plenty of action, suspense and surprise twists that keep you guessing "who done it?" I really liked this book and would like to see it become a series.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.
I really liked this book. I like detective fiction, and this book was a refreshing twist because it stars two female detectives, partners with the New Mexico homicide division. I feel like most of the police/detective books I read are about men, but this book gives a unique perspective of two females in a male-dominated field, which I found really interesting. I was actually surprised that this was written by a man, but I applaud him for giving such a realistic portrayal of women in law enforcement, as well as the struggles of women. I listened to the Audible audio version of this book narrated by Pamela Almand. There aren't a whole lot of female narrators that I really like, but I really loved this narration, and would definitely check out more books narrated by Pamela Almand. Her voice is a bit lower than most female narrators, which I think really helps her to give a good voice to both male and female characters. She really gives the characters a lot of personality and is connected with text. I think she could be my new favorite female narrator. Overall, this is a really great book. There is apparently a new book coming out in 2017, so I'm excited about that. If you like police/detective stories, I think this book is definitely worth your time.
I really enjoyed this audio edition of Borderline, but since I have not read the printed version I can not compare the two.
Detective Barbara Lassiter because of her personal growth in this book. After the death of her husband, she seemed to be stuck in depression.
Pamela Almand did an excellent job of keeping the story flowing, and separating the different characters. I will definitely look for another book narrated by Ms. Almand.
Borderline brought out a lot of different emotions in me, but I did not laugh or cry. I felt anger at different characters, and cheered internally for the good guys.
Over all this was an excellent audio book because of the story and narration. I recommend this book to anyone who likes police procedural and mysteries.
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