Homicide Detective Avery Black has been through hell. Once a top criminal defense attorney, she fell from grace when she managed to get a brilliant Harvard professor off - only to watch him kill again. She lost her husband and her daughter, and her life fell apart around her.
Trying to redeem herself, Avery has turned to the other side of the law. Working her way up the ranks, she has reached the rank of homicide detective, to the scorn of her fellow officers, who still remember what she did, and who will always hate her.
Yet even they cannot deny Avery's brilliant mind, and when a disturbing serial killer strikes fear into the heart of Boston, killing girls from elite colleges, it is Avery they turn to. It is Avery's chance to prove herself, to finally find the redemption she craves. And yet, as she is soon to find out, Avery has come up against a killer as brilliant and daring as she.
In this game of psychological cat and mouse, women are dying with mysterious clues, and the stakes could not be higher. A frantic race against time leads Avery through a series of shocking and unexpected twists - culminating in a climax that even Avery could not imagine.
©2016 Blake Pierce (P)2016 Blake Pierce
I listened to this book. The narrator was excellent. The plot was good and very well written. Characters well developed. Avery, the female former criminal defense lawyer turned detective, is a strong, intelligent, complicated woman. She endures the macho dislike of her fellow officers who blame her for the death of her partner in a previous case. She solves the case in spite how they treat her because she uses her mind and intelligence. I listened non-stop to the entire book beginning to end.
The author has the ability to make some of the characters so real that they made me dislike them intensely.
this was a great gripping, keep you guessing story line!! loved it!! problem for me was the heavy English accent of narrator who was using very English pronunciations for words of characters set in Boston,Ma in the USA??? it was very distracting due to how heavy an almost"cockney"accent was used!!
I would have loved to been a part of the conversation where someone decided it would be a good idea to have a British woman with an array of British dialects narrate this book set at Harvard! I can't begin to tell you how confusing it is to hear a character's accent described as STRONG BOSTON and hear a COCKNEY accent come out! My brain exploded every time.
The story line is weak, with the serial killers' character and mindset even weaker from a writing point of view. Very disappointing story line and characters all round.
My main complaint however, is the narrator. She is totally annoying and the way she performs is childish and just plain horrible. The book could have been almost salvageable with decent narration.
My advice : avoid both this author and the narrator.
The story takes place in Boston however the narrator has an English accent. So weird and inappropriate. She's not a bad narrator it just doesn't make sense.
I listened to this book for several minutes believing that the story took place in England, and then the narrator said they were in Boston. I thought the story was a bit uninteresting, but after hearing every single character delivering their lines in a lower class London accent for several more minutes I gave up on the book.
The narrator could have made an attempt to make the characters sound believable.
This is the first book in the series about Avery Black, lawyer-turned-cop.
This book really started to annoy me early on. The main character, Avery, having just joined homicide, makes a lot of really bizarre decisions to get her at odds with her colleagues and bosses. But on top of that she reaches conclusion in her investigation that just leaps without any kind of foundation.
Additionally, her fellow cops are described as almost caricatures of police officers, brawny, loud, almost as if unable to show normal human emotions.
The conclusion of the book was somewhat satisfying, though not without some of the problems described above.
Finally the audio performance left something to be desired, I personally felt the choice of narrator was wrong, one with English accent was used for a story taking place in Boston...
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