©2005 Alice Blanchard; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Alice Blanchard writes so well." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Engrossing novel....The reader is...captivated by Blanchard's lucid descriptions, compelling takes on the challenges and heartache of degenerative disease, schizophrenia, and abuse, action-packed drama, and believable, believably conflicted, characters." (Publishers Weekly)
I would rate this book as only an average mystery--plot fairly predictable and characters equally stereotypical. Don't think the author ever lived in Vermont since her descriptions are not entirely accurate--and always derogatory.
The narrator reads incredibly SLOWLY--a bit annoying at the beginning, she sounds as though she is reading to elementary age children...sample before you buy. Wish I had.
All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!
This book has to have the stupidest cop I've ever known in Jack. He checks a serial killer out of prison---all on his own---then takes him out to the woods and gives him a lit cigarette? I was rooting for him to be killed for being so absolutely DUMB. I can't believe how bad this book was after listening to "The Breathtaker" by the same author. Yeeeeeesh!!!!!!
Not Alice Blanchard
This was simply a bad book. The story line was incoherent with too many offshoots. It was like trying to visit Antarctica with a side trip to the Arctic. Was it a murder mystery? A psychological thriller? A medical mystery? A child abuse exploration? Hard to tell with the hash this book mixed together. Scene after scene didn't tie together smoothly.
The writing was trite with badly and overused adjectives. Frankly, it was simply boring,
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