We know Marty was outside their home that night. We know he has a motive. We know he's guilty of something. But is it murder?
Everything we learn - about Marty as a man, his affair with Rachel, and the night in question - comes from Marty himself. We want him to be innocent, but the more he tells us, the more we fear he is guilty. And as the twists and turns of the plot unfold, we can't be completely sure.
©2008 David Ellis; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
Don't love, don't hate. Won't remember. What I did find annoying was the reader reading a "stage" direction and then doing it. Eg. Read: "he sighed", then actually sighing. One of the other - not sure if it is the reader or the director's fault but it was really irritating.
ok. kind of a predictable story. there were a few times where I doubted what was pretty much set up from the beginning. overall it was a good story. not great but engaging and worth listening too.
I thought I had this solved several times. No. Well written and perfectly performed!! I love Dick Hill! It was one of those I finished in a few days. I'll look for more by this author.
Keeps you guessing
First person account was refreshing.
This is an outstanding book with many many twists and turns. The first person account was a refreshing change from most books.
In the top 20
The character development is impressive, and the legal maneuvering plausible and well-crafted. The frequent flashbacks are deftly handled, elucidating rather than distracting.
In a word, perfect.
Not really a particular moment.
Without any apparent pretension, at its best, the story the story has echoes of Crime and Punishment.
How do authors know these things?
Can't think of anything I've read like it
Very well done
Couldn't stop listening to it, it puts you in the head of a possible killer and walks you through the experience and trial.
Love to walk and listen. Commute and listen. I typically enjoy well developed characters mixed with a good mystery.
Honestly, I have no idea.
His voice is not universal. It works for the Jack Reacher character since he is an anti hero. For this book, it didn't. It came across as over dramatic in many areas.
The court room portion was actually the best thing about the book. Because there was really no focused character development,when we got to the courtroom scenes it felt like most of the book was a waist of time.
The main character constantly speaking in 3rd person was exhausting and at times confusing. I think that the mystery could have been much better had we cared a little more about the characters. Unfortunately, the outcome ended a bit somber because of that.
Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.
This story is completely contrived, but I will try not to give anything away in my criticism. It is told in first person. Even though it is written as if he is revealing his inner thoughts, pertinent facts that the protagonist has and actions that he took are deliberately withheld from the reader. It isn't for lack of space; the protagonist's vicarious, sick fantasies are indulged time and again. The many twists toward the end are ridiculous and could be discovered by competent detectives. Further, even while charged with first degree murder, the guy isn't in jail or monitored, but is free to roam and create more mischief. If you appreciate Hannibal Lecter, you may like this story. The superficial self-analysis toward the end is pure Freudian--when all else fails, blame your parents! The polarization among reviewers shows that there is no accounting for taste. The narrator does the best he can with this flawed script; it isn't his fault.
The Dick Hill reading of this mystery is so good that I hesitate to try an Ellis read by anyone else --- I'll just read another one. This is an unreliable narrator story. What is with our guy? And what is really going on here? There are more than one unreliable characters. Deceit occurs. The reading is so transparent I see all the characters and all the actions and never think of the words read. I loved it.
This book and narration is definitely one of the very best I've ever listened to! Worth every penny and every minute! A+++++++
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