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!!)
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!
A long time reader and listener - I just can't get enough of Audible! (Especially mysteries and Buddhist texts and history and ...etc!
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.
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.
Good writing which held my interest throughout but the narrator ruined this book for me. It was like listening to Captain Kirk with dramatic pauses in the middle of sentences where none was needed; very little enthusiasm coming through in the reading. This book deserved better narration. : (
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.
Say something about yourself!
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!!
I will not be listening to another book by Andrea Kane. Partly because I think gratuitous sex scenes are a waste of space—the interest in the book is a kidnapped child, not the hot and heavy between two of the people trying to find the child. These people are stressed from the hunt for a missing little girl and not sleeping more than a few hours a night, and they want to have sex all the time? Really? The problem with this particular book is that it is so [spoiler alert] obvious from the beginning that the vanished twin sister is the kidnapper, that a reader wants to scream at both the FBI and the crack team led by Casey that is so brilliant they can find and solve issues before the feds can. How could both groups of supposedly crack detectives be so thick?
Perhaps another Alan Bradley, narrated by Jayne Entwhistle, who actually does a child's petulant whine rather well.
The performance was adequate. Colby does an excellent job with male character voices, a good job with women's voices, and an execrable job on a female child's voice, but I believe it nearly impossible to handle a child's voice well.
Oh dear. OK, the sex scenes between Casey and the FBI guy were a waste of time and paper, or rather, air. I would rewrite character of the judge, who refers to the little girl as her baby until I wanted to smack her, or the author. The judge is irritating. She seems to have the brains of a high school dropout instead of a seasoned law professional. She doesn't trust the FBI? She marries a sleazeball, and stays married to him? She delivers the ransom money???
Please understand that I read memoirs, historical mysteries, mysteries and thrillers, and rarely ever read romance or steamy bodice rippers. Eww. So some of my comments are naturally affected by my personal preferences.
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