The sensational case has aroused the interest of the media, unnerved the locals and inspired a gruesome game between the killer and Diane.
It begins with taunting e-mails and chilling phone calls. Where it leads is a dangerously personal investigation as each bizarre clue brings Diane closer to a heartless betrayal and a desperate man's obession for justice.
©2007 Alanis Peart; (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
"An oustanding series...deserves comparison with the best of Patricia Cornwell." (Booklist)
I love this type of book, however I just couldn't get into this one. I don't know if its the recording or some issue with my playback, but there were what seemed like very poorly placed pauses. The pausing made the audio feel choppy and hard to follow. The narrator's ever changing accent was distracting as well, some words were pronounced with a Canadian accent, other times she seemed to be trying for a Southern accent. These distractions coupled with the slow movement of the plot made this a hard listen for me.
Having read the book first, I was looking forward to hearing this story brought to life. To my disappointment, Ms. Peart is completely flat and expressionless, and mispronounces so many simple words that I stopped listening after the first 80 minutes.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This book was excellent. I was captivated from the begining to end. I loved all forensic stuff. highly recommend this book.
I'm still on part one and I'm already caught up into the story line. But the narration is so bad, I'm not sure I can finish the book! The narrator has a great voice, but the poor flow, mispronouncing of words, and hesitations are very off putting (didn't anyone think to seek advice on how to pronounce medical words like "carotid". It sounds as though it was not listened to after the narrator finished. I'm quite surprised actually, I've never known Audible to produce such shoddy work.
She definately is not Patricia Cornwell. However, parts of the book were excellent. Parts made me feel like I was sitting in a college lecture class. Although I like this reader, this just wan't the book for her. It was definately not worth the price. I'm glad I could use a credit. If you're just looking for something to read and like medical mysteries, you will probably enjoy this one.
"knowledgable but tedious"
The genre of the forensic thriller is fast growing in popularity - but unfortunately knowing about a subject is not necessarily the same as being able to write a story about it! In this case the plot grinds on an on - the old cliche of 'once you put this book down you'll never be able to pick it up' springs to mind! Very disapointing in terms of a plot which rarely holds the attention.
Who knows, maybe this is an interesting read. I usually enjoy Beverley Connor's forensic novels.
In this case though, I had to give up listening. The narrator sounds as if she herself was falling asleep - I certainly was, listening to her droning on and on in the same monotonous voice. Sometimes there are long gaps in her reading and I even checked that my headphones weren't faulty.
Most of the characters sound alike, which is confusing. Or they change suddenly, the effect is that you never know who is saying what.
Anyhow, I think the book is your usual forensic crime story, but I will now buy the book to read the second half. Any more of this and I might never come out of a coma again - zzzz......
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