New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Andrea Kane brings fans a brand-new series with her romantic thriller The Girl Who Disappeared Twice.
Forensic Instincts—a team of independent maverick investigators comprised of a techie-genius, a former Navy SEAL/FBI agent, a psychic, and a retired FBI dog—must rescue a kidnapped five-year-old girl. But with so many people who could have benefited from the girl’s abduction, tracking down the culprit will push the team to the limit.
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All in all, I really enjoyed this book. The plot was very interesting and gripping. Its been a while since we've had a new Andrea Kane book to enjoy and I was not disappointed. This is definitely the first book in a new series and I look forward to reading/listening to more about the characters in this cast.
This story is more suspense than romance and that is a good (love my romance!). I only have two "complaints" about the book - 1) though very well written - and it somewhat understandable in a first in series book - there were a lot of characters introduced, but not much in-depth revelation as to who they are. The pro about that is that the storyline was center-focus and not the cast...but...I like to connect with the characters and that was hard to do...though what we did learn of them was very enjoyable. 2) The narrator - this is not a slight and really goes back to #1 - the narrator did a good job reading the book - but I think (for me) I would have enjoyed a female narrator more or someone who distinguishes the cast through tone of voice. With what he was given to work with, I think he did a great job.
The plot more than made up for these "short-coming" and though I did guess "who-dun-it" half-way through - I did enjoy listening to the story unfold. If you are fan of Criminal Minds, the In-Death Series, or the like...this book should be enjoyable for you (but without the character development). :)
In a selection filled with Vampires and Werewolves (not knocking it, its just not for me) - this was a breath of fresh air!!! I give it 4.5 stars!! (Audible - hint, hint!!)
I am an avid reader and listener. I listen to a lot of mystery novels, and especially love the "cozies". I also like most non-fiction!
I could listen while I slept and not really miss much!
Not the genre, but this was the first from this author, and, well, the last.
It was just ok.
Probably - house-wifey drama some people might really eat up.
I didn't hate this book. I really didn't. But it was a poor and inconsistent portrayal of children 5 and 6 years old. I mean - six year olds being soccer stars? And what 5 year old has the keys to the house and a cell-phone (Maybe I'm behind the times). And it WAS very predictable. And not all that interesting.
When six year old Felicity is kidnapped from her home, leaving her twin Hope to grow up without her, the reader is immediately into the story within the first few chapters. The plot immediately moves to Hope all grown up with a five year old child of her own who is also kidnapped. What happens next is a law enforcement task force team and an interesting consulting firm, Forensic Instincts who Hope and her husband hire to skirt legal boundaries in hopes of finding Chrissy fast. The plot is fast paced and the reader gets just enough information to solve the case along with the dual teams. There are some unexpected twists and turns that can throw off the reader in solving the mystery, but the entire plot keeps you engaged. The couple of love scenes were poorly written, and completely unnecessary but none of that is enough to ruin the book. The narrator, Jim Colby, is not good. His style is "sing song". It sounded to me like he would come to the end of the line in the book, stop, and then resume at the beginning of the next line. At first it drove me nuts, but then I got used to it and that was simply because the plot was so good. Ms. Kane does a credible job with character development, although some of the dialogue is stilted. What I do hope is that the Forensic Instincts team returns in another book and for my money, a wish for returning characters says it all. Give us more!
This is my first Audible review and my first Andrea Kane book. I really wanted to stop listening from the second chapter - but I just kept thinking it might surprise me. It didn't. The story was far too easy to see through (if you watch CSI or Criminal Minds this story will feel like play-doh), the writing was simple, and the narrator was awful. Actually, I think that it was the narrator that made me keep listening because I was afraid I was letting him ruin the story for me. He had a rhythm he didn't want to break; I expect it was for breathing, but he really seemed like he was trying to read poetry instead of a story. He also had a deeply nasal quality that distracted me, not like a stuffy nose but more like a mouth breather. He didn't attempt to differentiate the characters with the tone of his voice and that made the story difficult to follow at times. In addition, his female and child voices were horrendous. I really hated every minute of his reading and I feel cruel for saying so, but his rhythm and delay probably added an hour to the reading. I was so tempted to put my iPod on double time! While I was certain I knew the outcome of the who-done-it I remained hopeful throughout, but if there is any suspense to be felt in this story the narrator quashed it with his reading. If the story-lines of Ms. Kane's books could be a little more complex in the future I could imagine enjoying a series made up of these characters though.
No, the dialogue is horrible, the details are too faked and she is overly complimentary to the FBI who must have consulted. I called the story end after the abduction. I hate books where EVERYONE is the ABSOLUTE best in their field, perfect physical specimens and the totally "good' people vs. the totally "bad" people. The she threw in this obviously repressed sex scene that felt very awkward.
He was fine, compared to the dialogue he had to work with.
The story was semi interesting, which kept me listening, but the dialogue was so bad, it was unbelievable.
But it is boring. Not fond of the style, not interested in the story, more than apathetic about the characters. Abandoned.
Not sure. A little disappointed at the romantic insertions between the lead characters. It's weak and not really necessary to the story line (and if you're into that sort of a book, this angle is really not that interesting).
The reader reads this entire book like Alan Alda with a slight New Jersey accent, no matter which character he's reading.
Yes. Which is why I usually prefer books to television.
The mystery itself is interesting. I think the author should focus more on that part of the story, instead of the side character relationships.
I started listening to audiobooks to help with my commute to work. I now listen to books while I sew and do my crafts.
I have enjoyed some of the author's other books. When I saw that this was the first in a series, I bought it. I thoroughly enjoyed the book! I really like books in a series with the same characters and character development.The story had twist and turns and kept me listening so that I had to finish it in a day and a half! I think Andrea Kane introduced us to all of the characters, the roles they play, as well as to leave us anticipating future cases. The narrator did a good job with character changes and made it an easy listen. I can not wait for the second book!!
Now, this is not the worst audible book I have ever listened to, but close. (That honor goes to Harlan Coben's first book). I know this because I listened until the very end, but couldn't wait for it to be over. The story is about a kidnapped girl and her (spoiler) return to her mom. I hated the book for a number of reasons, but the biggest issue I had was the reliance hardened scientists placed in Clair Voyant the unbelievably insightful and magical visionary who was able to see things that only the perpetrator could have seen. I only listened to the book until the end hoping against hope that this would prove to be the case. (spoiler) Alas, she wasn't: she actually could see the color of the room where the child was being held hostage. If only Sylvia Brown (a "real life" psychic) were so successful and could have seen that the kidnapped girls she saw on the other side, was, in fact, alive and miserable in a basement.
Other gems: twins are involved and not in a pleasing way. The FBI almost screws everything up, but the day is saved by the insights of a private contractor that only a rich judge could trust. Mafiosi do terrible things, but only to fill in pages and pages of distraction: how do you like your herring? Red. And the leaps of deduction the heroes made to discover the villain defy logic and apparently the author's skill. Some one stepped on the needle in the haystack and then pretended that all the arrows pointed there to anyone who cared to see them.
The book seems to be well-liked by many. This is my effort to direct your attention to other more worthy titles.
OK who didn't know 'who done it' within the first 30-45 minutes of listening to this book?!?!?! Even when a book is terrible I always try to finish to give a chance but pleasssssse.
The people who read this genre of book like a challenge read. Not only do we read these books we watch the genre in movies and tv. We want surprises, something new to pull us in, feel for the characters and best yet not have the book figured out every step of the way. And how about some smart characters too. The judge is well , lets say I wouldn't want to have her preside over anyone I knew. She has no common sense. She can't see the whole picture even when its been presented directly to her, over and over again. In fact, most of the characters are like that. They are presenting the facts and running through scenarios and the obvious is well whats the saying "if it was a snake it would bit them'. I found myself talking back to the book.
The dog was the best part of the book. I won't give spoiler alerts but suffice to say a five year old could have figured this out, even the fill in details. The clairvoyant was the next best character. I believe there are people with these gifts and they are overlooked as quacks (some are but not all) So to insert a believable clairvoyant and actually have at least half the other characters believing her and follow her leads is a good thing.
I like the idea of a private company like Forensic Instincts. There are many people out there that are not law enforcement, that aren't members of the alphabets, that are way more capable than the badged ones but they are looked down upon because they don't have badge or 'special agent' before their names. I know there is at least one other book in this series and I will give it a try just because I like the premise but I certainly hope the author has wised up to realize her readers are smarter than this and want a challenge. FI is a great storyline and would make a great long term series IF the author gives us readers more credit than in this first book.
And can I just say regarding tv reference genre , to put in the book a special agent from the FBI's BAU who's nickname is Hutch (remember I was listening and not reading so I think that's how it would be spelled) that sounds exactly like Hotch, agent Hotchner, who is a special agent in the FBI's BAU from Criminal Minds is well............ reallllllllly
OH and I hope its not the same narrator. He wasn't the worst but certainly far from a voice that could lend itself to the story telling.
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