Eerily attuned to one another, twins Regina and Renata are so identical that even their mother can’t tell them apart. Then tragedy strikes: A vicious attack leaves one twin dead and the other so traumatized that she turns totally inward, incapable of telling anyone what happened or even who she is. She remains lost to the world, until the day Mark, a family friend, comes to visit - and the young woman utters her first intelligible word.
As she recovers, still with no memory of the past, her nightmares grow steadily more frightful, followed by wild fits of hysteria and dark mood swings. Her strange outbursts seem to coincide with the grisly serial murders that have begun plaguing Seattle. Could she be the killer? Determined to dispel his suspicion, Mark stakes out her home. The unholy sight he witnesses one night will haunt his soul for the rest of his life....
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I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
I just finished the book and am looking forward to being the first to write a review of it.
David Eddings with his wife Leigh are fantasy writers based in the middle ages, but here as a team they go and take there fantasy creativity and use it in our modern world. the other big change is that they went with first person again. The Eddings like to write in third person but how they write this book is well done.
Its taken from the main characters view of events. Mark's family and the twink's family are very close and the Eddings do a great job of showing the anguish Mark goes though with the loss of a "sister" as well as the protective brother persona.
The Eddings also do a great job of going into insanity. the hardship that a family and friends deal with when they have to watch a girl who had a mental breakdown trying to fit in, how twink has good days and bad days.
now i don't want to spoil anything for you and everything i have said so far is found at the beginning of the book so don't worry nothing is lost but for those who want the fantasy, the magic, the amazing worlds that Eddings create, well its in here, just listen and you will find that the Eddings wont give up on the fantasy. its not till the end that you will see it but then that is how the couple tend to write, big secrets found at the end of a book that make you want to read it again just to find all the magic.
If you love the Eddings, mystery, family ties, or if you just want a great new read then i highly encourage you to buy this book and listen. I promise that you wont be able to stop listening to it.
Up towards the top. Of course, I'm a fan of Eddings, so I am prejudiced.
Yes and no. I have read the book numerous times, so I knew what was going on, yet, mr. Berman's reading is such that I really got into the story. Thoroughly enjoyable.
His voices and accents were pretty good. He also gave emotion to the characters, as well as drawing out their personalities.
Smiled a lot.
You folks need to have this Berman fellow narrate The Losers, and especially High Hunt, both by Eddings. He would do a very nice job on them, I think.
"Disappointing, tepid writing."
I've been a fan of David Edding's work since I picked up the first four books of The Belgariad because I liked the covers. I noticed the later work which was bylined by both David and Leigh were not as good, so I'd stopped buying their stuff a long time ago. However, the premise seemed interesting and so I picked this up.
The book started out well and zipped along nicely. There was some nice scene-setting and the narration in the first person worked well.
It was when getting into the meat, where new characters were introduced and started interacting, that the book didn't seem to work at all.
The characters were all unlikeable; they were written in such a way, that if you read this without knowing the calibre of the authors, you'd think it was a free ebook by a newbie author whose work needs polish.
All of the characters seemed to be caricatures; with the women in the story being particularly badly fleshed out. The firey Italian, the ice queen. The black man with a nice voice. Please. Really?
The misogny was palpable. The women doing all the cooking and waiting on the guys? The casual sexism of "babe" and "toots". Ugh. This could have been written by a guy in the 1960's.
It's astonishing that with two authors and presumably an editor, that so much duplication has been left in. Characters saying the same thing three times almost consecutively just added to the feel of a book being 'phoned in' by the authors.
What would I change? The authors or the editor, I don't know which.
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He did very well at ensuring all of the character's voices were distinct. I didn't like the Irish brogue but then my mother was Irish, so I know what it should sound like.
His female characters seemed a bit "Tootsie"ish but I suspect that's always going to happen when men try and do women's voices. I don't know why they didn't get a female to do it. That was done with the audio recording of American Gods and it worked superbly.
Not for me.
If you like David and Leigh Eddings' later stuff, then you'll probably like this.
If you liked David Eddings' earlier stuff then you probably won't.
I hate to be so negative about this but it really doesn't seem like the work of an author as good as David Eddings can be.
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