Katia Lief’sSeven Minutes to Noon begins in the world of hip Brooklyn mommies whose worries include iced coffee getting warm, eviction letters to their brownstones, and whether or not to sign up for pregnant pilates. Starting when Alice’s friend neglects to pick up her son from school and seemingly disappears, however, the tone becomes increasingly menacing.
Elisabeth Rodgers performs the audiobook, hitting the characterizations of the neighborhood’s parents and upping the tension as the heroine’s terror unfolds. You won't be able to stop listening to this suspenseful thriller that stays grounded in real-life Brooklyn families and attitudes while exploring the unthinkable.
The day seems perfectly ordinary... until Lauren doesn't come home.
Alice Halpern waits for her best friend at the playground where they always meet with their children in their comfortable Brooklyn neighborhood. But when Lauren fails to pick her son up from school, a normal day turns into a nightmare - and Alice begins to realize that nothing will ever be ordinary again.
The police desperately search for Lauren, who is nearly nine months pregnant. Alice, herself pregnant, realizes she's being followed and has the creeping fear that she and her unborn twins are in danger. As the investigation intensifies, Alice is shocked as her familiar world begins to unravel. And as new life grows within her, she must fight to save her family - and herself....
©2011 Katia Spiegelman Lief (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
This book could have been one of my faves ever if not the conclusion spoilt ALL the fun!
I was captured immediately by the narrators great presentation and the wonderful description of these NY mommies between family and gentrification. I felt as if I was right there, I even smelt this typical NY scent, in a word: Awesome! Another plus was the suspense creeping in with every new chapter and I kind of liked the main characters, though I doubt a pregnant woman can be THAT big an insomniac and if it is only for the children… but well, it’s a book… so what.
But then suddenly for me all the goodness dissolves into nothing! If it wasn’t a spoiler I could name the very sentence where it started to get right down annoying road. Too many characters, too many loose ends, ridiculous facts and laboured explainations until the whole thing isn’t credible anymore.
Anyway, I would say the good stuff makes this audiobook a good enough listen, I really enjoyed it a lot until I didn’t anymore, the trick is not to expect a nifty ending.
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