Dr. Morgan Snow is a well-known sex therapist who is treating Cleo Thane, a beautiful business owner...and prostitute. Cleo caters to the wealthy and powerful and after delivering a tell-all manuscript to Dr. Snow, she disappears. A serial killer is murdering street hookers and using the book, Morgan desperately searches for clues to stop the killer before Cleo becomes his next victim.
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"[Dr. Morgan Snow] is an engaging guide to the world of dysfunction that Rose painstakingly constructs." (Publishers Weekly)
It truly did keep me guessing.
Morgan, she was flawed, but still extremely likable.
Both narrators made the characters come to life. Both could do voices of other characters and you knew who they were with out the author naming them. I do enjoy having male and female narrators, make them more believable.
Parts did make me laugh out loud.
I enjoy almost anything that Phil Gigante does, and he and Natalie Ross truly make a great team. Its fun to have Phil depart from romance, but I hope he doesn't leave it for good!! It would break my Highland lovin heart!
Psychology doctoral student, making time to read (and now listen!) as much as possible.
A great story, with characters who draw you right into their story: a sex psychologist who has a complicated personal life; a high-class prostitute who is her patient and goes missing; a detective on the case and trying to stop a serial killer in his tracks; and many side characters who add to the story. I listened to it as an audiobook and could not stop listening as this thriller unraveled. The voice actors were phenomenal as well; some of the best I've heard. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, though I may take a little break, as it is a little intense, haha.
Phil Gigante give his usual excellent reading, but he's not enough to really save this one. And truth to tell, I can't remember what Ms Ross's reading was like, tho it hasn't been that long since I listened; must not have been too memorable, neither too awful nor wonderful.
Which sorta describes the book: It's not egregiously bad, but isn't all that good, either. It's billed as an erotic thriller, but I didn't find it particularly erotic or very thrilling (neither in a sensual sense nor an 'edge of your seat' sense). It's sort of....silly. The characters aren't completely cardboard, nor do they feel straight out of a can ("tough detective, white, youngish middle-aged, one"). On the other hand, they're not particularly rich or believable. The dialogue sort of sounds like actual people are talking, most of the time.
I find I am completely incapable of coming up with any extreme descriptions or adjectives; it's just kind of...aggressively average. Not a bad time-user for commutes or such, if bought at a discount, but I think paying full price rather chafes a bit.
This is the first book I have listened to by M J Rose, I found the story really interesting as well as the characters. The narration was wonderful so real, they did a fantastic job loved it.
I was so disappointed in this book. Thought it sounded like a great new series. The main character, the Dr., needed therapy. She was whiney with so much anxiety regarding her daughter it was beyond believable and ruined the story for me. The basic storyline was interesting but need a new therapist!
Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded
I didn't notice that listening first to the Delilah Complex there was a series and that there was a first book. As I rather enjoyed the Delilah Complex, I have to admit that I'm glad I didn't listen to the Halo Effect as book 1.
As a first book in a series, the author (regarding the story) and the performers need to find their voice. Which for the Delilah Complex they had. I didn't like the whining tone for Dr. Morgan Snow character in the Halo Effect.
A somehow good main plot and a very mediocre side plot, not very well knitted together don't become a good book nor a good listen.
I did recommend the second book in the series, as I enjoyed that one, now I'm waiting for my friends reaction do the Halo Effect. But I do believe they are not going to be rocked from their socks.
They did a good job with the differentiating, yes. I really enjoyed the parts where Phil Gigante speaks the "woman" parts.
Natalie Ross was a bit too whiny sometimes and possibly also because the story let to the whining ...
I liked the jazz evening with Noah Jordain ... who wouldn't ?
Too many lost girls ...
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