In Left to Die, the Pinewood County Sheriff 's Department is on the trail of a cold-blooded killer who acts as a savior to women stranded during terrible mountain snowstorms before stripping them of their dignity and leaving them to die, a victim of the elements. But the killer's latest victim managed to escape, leading some to believe there may now be an imposter on the loose.
©2008 Susan Lisa Jackson; (P)2008 Recorded Books,LLC
I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.
I had to slow the recorder down in order to listen to the book at all. Even slowing it down didn't change the voice, which was a terrible narration voice and didn't change between characters. The good news is that the story is so intriguing and there's so much suspense that I listened to the entire book in spite of the narrator. I would have given this book a five based on the story, how tightly written it is with no drag time, except for the narrator and that the book leave the listener dangling, which I didn't appreciate. I had to come back to Audible to download the second book in this series just to find out what happens.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
This was my first Lisa Jackson book and I really enjoyed it. It was fast moving, had a good plot and I connected with the characters. What I found most frightening is that a nut job, serial killer is walking among the public and no one is the wiser. There are actually two different stories going on surrounding the brutal killings and parts of the story are told from inside the mind of the killer. A little romance mixed with suspense is always fun and in this case dangerous. At the end of the book our killer is still on the loose and none of the detectives nor the FBI can figured out the strange clues he is leaving behind.
I will definitely be reading on in this series and am very interested in how many of the characters are brought back in the next book. Alan Nebelthau does an excellent job narrating. No weird voices or dialects except for maybe the killer who he makes very creepy.
Lisa Jackson could have finished writing the novel, not copped out with a flimsy conclusion to one story arc, and then not setting up a conclusion to the main story arc, only to leave us hanging with no resolution to Pascoli's family crisis or to her ultimate fate or that of the serial killer. I feel ripped off! If this is typical of Jackson's work, then I won't go near any of her other novels.
I'm going to ask for a refund!
Lisa Jackson - Yes. Alan Nebelthau - NO
The narrator doesn't pause appropriately and goes directly from one part of the story to another without even taking a breath. It's very difficult to follow and I was constantly going back to figure out what I missed. Because I had to keep going back, the story seemed like it didn't flow well and was disjointed. But I think that was mostly due to the narrator.
I was curious about the rest of the books in this series; however, it's the same narrator. I think I'll skip them.
The two lead detective's characters are well-drawn. I want to know more about them and another couple, which is a good sign. What I didn't like was, first, that excessive description at places had me drifting off as the murderer rhapsodized about unnecessary and distracting details. Second, it is annoying that you have to buy the sequel to finish the story that was the purported primary focus of the book. (Having not read the sequel, I can't be sure the story finishes there either, but you get the point.) I'm fine with series and trilogies, but this approach is pretty deceptive.
This is in the vein of Karen Rose or Karin Slaughter, but not quite up to that standard.
A female narrator, given that it seemed most of the dialogue was women. Of course, perhaps I dozed through parts . . .
So Many Killers, Such a Small Town, Who'd Have Thought?
I had planned on giving this book 5 stars because it kept me guessing and changing my mind about the guilty party until the very end.....and I'm still guessing. I do not appreciate buying a book that requires me to buy yet another one just to find out who did the crime in the current one. This is just a very sneaky and underhanded way to get more money out of the author's readers. I am not sure I will buy the follow up to this book. It's just too much like a bait-and-switch scam.
Excellent book. Keeps you guessing till the end and leaves you wanting more. The reader could have been better chosen... not the best choice for female characters, but he pulls it off.
I wish it would have had more of a conclusive ending. It seems as though to have all the questions answered you'll have many more hours of listening to the next book or perhaps MANY more books.
He's WAY too fast in his reading.
Don't think I'll be listening to or read any more Lisa Jackson novels unless they are free.
Not really. The narrator could have done a better job of reading. At least with the print version you are able to place yourself into the world the author created. It's hard to do that with the way the narrator tells the story.
I really can't compare this book to any other book because i haven't read one like it before.
He does not bring anything to the story. I could read the book and imagine the story a lot better than i did while listening to it.
I don't know what the tag line should be. I think I will leave that up to the professionals.
I decided to try this author because of the reviews of her books (and because my regular authors do not have any new books to read/hear). I am SO happy that I did! This book kept me wanting more... the story line is excellent and I had to find excuses to listen more (headphones on while cooking... working..... etc...etc....)
I bought more credits just to start the next book in the series... Great job Ms. Jackson!!
Great job to the narrator, Alan Nebelthau too! Actually, speaking of the Narrator, Alan Nebelthau sounds a lot like the Narrator, George Guidall of the "Walt Longmire" series of author Craig Johnson? (Another series I listen to - but the third Longmire book really isn't working for me.... we shall see....)
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