Graduate students Zoë and Holli only mean to blow off some steam on their road trip to Las Vegas. But something goes terribly wrong on their way home, and the last time Zoë sees her, Holli is in the clutches of a sadistic killer. Zoë flees with her life, changed forever.
A year later and still tortured with guilt, Zoë latches on to a police investigation where the crime eerily resembles her abduction. Along with a zealous detective, she retraces the steps of that fateful night in the desert, hoping that her memory will return and help them find justice for Holli. Her abductor--labeled the "Tally Man" by a fascinated media--lies in wait for Zoë. For him, she is not a survivor but simply the one that got away.
With an unforgettable heroine, a chillingly disturbed psychopath, and a story that moves at breakneck speed, The One That Got Away is thriller writer Simon Wood at his finest.
©2015 Simon Wood (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Writing is not my forte, but I can listen with the best of them!
I must say, I was engage from start to finish with this book. The author managed to keep me intrigued for the entire book, with its great writing, fast(ish) pace story-lines and gripping suspense.
The female heroine was perfectly written, strong, confident, a bit reckless and flawed. But as the story develops, she also manages to grow herself. She takes ownership of her situation and refuses to be defined by it, but eventually starts the process of healing.
The narrator was great for the female characters and so-so for the male. They weren't bad but some male characters kind of sounded the same.
Overall, I recommend this book. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it and look forward to more works from Simon Wood.
This was a Kindle First pick for me and I picked up the audible version for a steep discount price. What a bargain for a high quality, entertaining read. Wood wastes no time introducing us to the two opposing forces in this thriller, and from the start I was hooked. I listened to the book as frequently as I could, on commutes and during my runs. There really isn't a slow moment in the book, you'll want to keep reading to find out how things will be resolved.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
WOW! The One That Got Away is a superb suspense novel. There has been a lot of complaints about the narrator. I do not understand why because she does an excellent job. I definitely recommend this novel for those who like intense suspense.
Ugh. I wanted to like this book but the narrator and her "valley girl" way of speaking made it really difficult. I skipped ahead at the end so o could kind out what happened and be done with her annoying cadence!
First of all this is not for the squeamish. It's a gritty thriller, and what a thrill ride the author takes you on. Good luck trying to put this down once you've started. I got the Kindle (print) edition that syncs up with the audio, so I could read when it wasn't possible to listen and visa versa.
Zoe is a very believable and likeable character. She goes to hell and back several times in this story, but the violence never seems gratuitous.
Do not choose this book if you like cozy mysteries with lemonade and cats on the covers. But if you like a gripping, high tension thriller, this book is for you.
Story was great; however, the performer's voice was winey and robotic. It took away from the likability of the characters.
I found the narrator to be very annoying. She sounded like she was narrating a poorly written Barbie story. Her intimations were over-emphasized and made the main character sound like a whiny complainer. I think I would have had a different take on the characters and the story overall if the narration hadn't interfered with my feeling about them. She also did horrible men's voices. I would recommend that this be a book to read, not to listen to.
The story was okay. It's a typical murder story, with some interesting facets, but again, I have a hard time analyzing it without accounting for the narration.
This storyline is distinctly so-so but what got me annoyed was the narration. Stilted, strange intonation meant that she sounded like a recorded message not a narrator. There seemed to be a full stop at end of sentences, only for her to add a name after a pause. Very distracting.
I can't imagine downloading anything that narrated by this woman.
"Good story well written"
Fast paced, entertaining, well narrated although I thought the male voices let it down a little. Plausible characters that you can relate too.
"Tedious and predictable"
The narrator did a reasonable job with a rather silly story. At no point did it have me on the edge of my seat. In fact the tension was underwhelming throughout.
This was the first Simon Wood audiobook for for but it won't be the last !! Excellent !!
"Not too bad at all."
For a thriller this worked quite well.
The narrator did a fair job, and the storyline kept you engaged until the end, even if you did know who the bad guy was early on, it still worked as the police got closer to the truth.
There was also some understanding of PTSD, (alongside the storyline), which is always good to see because it was a fairly realistic portrayal of a person who has suffered trauma. Most people know PTSD is common amongst service personnel, but it is also something that has far wider reaches than just those people who have seen combat.
There might be slightly better crime/thriller stories out there, but this one is worth having for those times when you don't want anything too taxing.
Overall, I would mark this as good.
I love this kind of book. Sometimes being told by the 'killer himself',. I'm a bit weird , my husband tells me because I like listening about the people in books being tortured, decapitated etc etc. I' do like these kind of books because i can always be rooting for the victim, wanting them to fight back and in the end the perpetrators get what they deserve
This book kept me wanting to read constantly. I didn't want to put it down. it held my attention for ages.
Thank you Author for writing such a clever and captivating book and to the narrator who portrayed the characters so professionally and reading the whole book in the style I'm sure the author couldn''t be happier with .
By Simon Wood - yes.
Narrated by Emily Durante - not a chance
Awful and annoying. Couldn't bear to listen to it
No idea - didn't get past the first 10 mins
I will read this book myself.
"Just a warning for others like me"
If you like trashy fiction with pedestrian prose this might be for you.
I started listening to Miranda July's short story collection No One Belongs Here More Than You straight afterwards, it was such a relief, I felt like a dry river bed being fed with a new rush of clean clear water; I laughed out loud, I almost cried, it has depth and spark and a marvellous lightness of touch. I felt like The One That Got Away was rotting my brain, it was a mistake to get this one.
I'm afraid I really hated it, maybe the book isn't as bad as the audio version, I don't know but I felt the performance was trite and inappropriate, I found myself frequently rolling my eyes.
Ugh, all of it, I know I should've stopped listening but it was like junk food, I just stuffed my face with the whole thing but at least I know now to avoid this sort of book in future.
I know a great many people like this book a lot but it just wasn't for me at all, it was like a cheap daytime TV film thriller. If that's what you want this is probably great.
"Not hugely original"
It wasn't the best story, felt like a mixture of a few well known horror/thriller films. It played out like a film script. Was quite exciting towards the end but also a bit predictable. Easy to listen to though And I did want to play it to the end....and also take self defence classes.
"The one that got away"
Cept me quite for a few days totally enjoyable can recommend it
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