A family is wiped out after a burglary gone wrong. An executive accused of embezzling kills himself and his loved ones. A house fire claims the lives of all its inhabitants. Separate incidents with two common threads - a first wife who took her own life, and a secret the victims took to their graves.
Stephanie Coburn has barely recovered from her sister's mysterious suicide before her brother-in-law and his new wife are murdered, her face disfigured beyond recognition. Stephanie never met the bride, has never even seen a clear photograph. But she knew her sister, and she knows something is desperately wrong. The police won't listen. Her only ally is another victim's son. Step by step, they're uncovering a trail of brutal vengeance and a killer who will never relent-and whose forgiveness can only be earned in death.
©2014 Kevin O’Brien (P)2014 Tantor
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
This book comes very close to being a 5-star book. I had to give it 4 stars because of the ridiculous decisions made by the main characters.
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At one point in the story, a main character asks herself, "Why did I come up with such a stupid plan?" I laughed out loud. That is exactly what I want to know. Someone is seeking revenge on behalf of another individual. Who could it be? Well, I am sure that 90% of all readers of this book guessed who it was! Why wouldn't the main characters see it?
I do admire O'Brien's writing style, and he knows how to build suspense. The "old wrong" that needed to be "righted" was pretty interesting and believable. So I give the story 4 stars.
(It was not even a little bit scary. I am still looking for SCARY stories!)
The narrator has the annoying habit of adding a syllable to the end of most sentences. So he says "What was that Noise-uh?" instead of "What was that noise?" I learned to tune that out, or the whole listening experience would have been annoying in the extreme.
I discovered Kevin O based on an audible suggestion and I'm glad I took a chance.
In this book, I was a little concerned with the female lead near chapter 30 as she seemed to be so smart but couldn't figure out what was obvious to me but in the end, all was as it should have been. I will pick up his other books.
The reviews of "Awesome", and "You won't be sorry", led me to purchase this book expecting a really interesting ride. I just fast-forwarded to the end (at about the two thirds mark) because I could not stand any more of the following: ridiculous choices made by some of the characters (supposedly in mortal fear for themselves and their families), such as inviting a complete stranger you met on the street into your home to babysit your children; involving a potential suspect's father in your top secret investigation; not involving the police because the crimes had all taken place in different jurisdictions; tortuously detailed paragraphs along the lines of, "She stepped on the brake pedal until the car slowed to a crawl. With her hands at two and ten o'clock, she swung the steering wheel to the left to pull into the driveway. She brought the car to a halt in front of the garage doors. Reaching into a zippered pouch on the side of her purse, she pulled out the remote garage door opener. Pointing it at the garage doors, she pressed OPEN". And all of this contrived tedium was narrated in a snore-inducing drone. Definitely sorry for the wasted credit.
For all of you reviewers out there, I want you to know how important you are to me. Reviews are very powerful. Thought you should know.
If you waste a credit on "Tell Me You're Sorry", you'll be sorry alright. I plodded through 3 hrs of this turkey, hating nearly every minute of it, before I finally pulled the plug. This hot mess will have you saying, "God, this is awwwful!" every 5 mins. or so. The story, the performance, the everything about this, is boredom personified.
I wish I could find a silver lining, something positive to say, but honestly, I couldn't possibly care less who killed whom, let alone the why of it. And the narration...gah! It was like adding insult to injury. This guy can't do character voices, period. Everyone ends up sounding snobbish with only slight variations, even when they're supposed to be sympathetic. His performance was as ghastly as the author's work so, I suppose, in a horrible twist of fate, they were perfect for each other.
There are too many great novels out there to waste your time or money on this tripe. I don't know if this author has other works to his credit or not, as you couldn't pay me to try another one of his creations, but this one is simply awful.
Loved the characters, loved the storyline. He can get a little ridiculous and cheesy at times with the love story aspect on some of his books; however this one he stuck to the premise and kept it enthralling until the very end. Definite favorite of mine.
I've always loved to read his books, but this is my first listen. His books are full of content easy to follow, without so much concentration, and focuses on one of my favorite topics ... Serial killers. :) Check it out!
Brilliant new concept for this genre. Many surprises but no holes or contrivances. Compelling characters. Reader helps with that. Make a movie or TV minii-series.
Loved the book but at times it was hard to follow without the unabridged version telling you when a chapter or section ended an another persons story began.
This story grabs you from the 1st page & doesn't let go till the end! It has murder mystery & mayhem all wrapped in a tight little story. Don't pass this author by! I've read two & they are very exciting reads!
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