©2006 Michael Robotham; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
"A thoughtful and subtle thriller, with convincing, three-dimensional characters." (Publishers Weekly)
Not so bad that I wanted to stop before it was over - but not so good that I was ever excited about listening to it. It was okay....
Some have complained about the apparent digressions. However, these are eventually all tied together in terms of the motivation of the characters and the plot
This book did not have that great of review and it was not very expensive so I did not have high expectations. However, it was excellent! I normally just listen to books when traveiing. This book traveled with me throughout the day until late into the night until I finished it. I could not put it down.
I very much appreciate M Robotham's books and started listening a few books into the series centering on Joe O'Loughlin. So I listened to this one out of sequence. I'm glad of that. If I'd come to it first I wouldn't have bothered with the rest of the series. Predictable, hoaky and full of machismo it annoyed and disappointed. But if you love the series it has to be a piece of the puzzle worth collecting. Ruiz is the central character on the verge of retirement. The warm, dependable and philosophical character of the series is not really the Ruiz you will meet here. He's more of a stubborn wooden-head, continually and drearily referencing his own and other's masculine characteristics. Similarly, O'Loughlin is a pale shadow of the character he will later become. So both characters are in prototype. I'm very glad Robotham develops his world so much more effectively as he returns to it with the later books. Suspect is my much anticipated next purchase.
This is the third Michael Robotham book I've read and it did not disappoint. He's one of the only crime authors I've read that has kept me guessing right to the end. I can't wait to pick up the next one.
Plodding storyline, narration was flat, plot went in too many directions, unnecessary details.
Anyone that can speak well with some emotion.
Virtually most of what I heard.
Wish performance could have been equalized. Very difficult to hear sometimes as actor's voice dropped to a mutter etc. had to continually keep adjusting volume up and down.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Michael Robotham's written another anti-police-procedural here. "Anti"? Well yeah. Once again the chain of command is crammed full of contentious hurdles for the lead character, and I'm kind of tired of reading about dysfunctional cops.
Still, this is a kind of ingenious caper mystery with literal twists that kept my attention. Ray Lonnen brings a British tongue to the read that seems authentic yet remains accessible to my Yankee ears. I wish he'd do female voices a little better, but he does keep the entire cast impeccably straight with distinctive voices.
I'm glad that I discovered Robotham with this novel, and look forward to him bobbing my imagination again. Oh, and BTW, those twists I mentioned up above? They crash in like tidal waves wrapping up the plot, over and over again. Can't explain any better than that without giving away too much, but it'll be cool to see if you agree with me.
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