This is my family: Vanished without a trace....
Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life.
This is what I know: Pain has a flavor....
When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their cell phones and electronic devices remaining. No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive. Just a perfect little family, gone.
This is what I fear: The worst is yet to come....
Tessa knows better than anyone that flawless fronts can hide the darkest secrets. Now she must race against the clock to uncover the Denbes’ innermost dealings, a complex tangle of friendships and betrayal, big business and small sacrifices. Who would want to kidnap such a perfect little family? And how far would such a person be willing to go?
This is the truth: Love, safety, family . . . it’s all touch and go.
©2012 Lisa Gardner (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Yes, indeed. the reader is great.
The story is unique. I pride myself on usually figuring things out very early in a mystery. This one , I was not sure until almost when the detectives got it.
I guess Tessa Leoni was my favorite. I like what she is doing with her life and her skill and assertiveness in getting the job done. I liked her in a previous novel. I also liked the wife . We get her pov most of the time and she is a very sympathetic character. Honest about her own failings and love for her daughter and the issues in her life and early childhood.
I think the ending when it all becomes clear what has been going on and who is responsible. I hope we see more of the mother in later books. I also liked one of the kidnappers and want to see more of him.
I do have doubts that the villain would be able to fool all of us for so long. I don't want to say more because it would be a spoiler.
I was really disappointed in this one. I figured out who did it long before the end of the novel and didn't find the characters to be terribly sympathetic or well-developed. Narration was pretty good, but several of the affected accents were sometimes distracting. Overall, not happy with this one. Sorry I can't give it a better review.
Based on this one, probably not.
While I really liked her voice overall, I found some of the accents distracting.
Yes, I have never listened to a Lisa Gardner story I didn't like
Lisa Gardner always keeps you guessing
Very easy to listen to, reads well
Loved the narrator and the story is good, but the ending was a little abrupt and unsatisfying
I was about 1/3 through and finding this book pretty uninteresting. So I checked the reviews and they were generally positive. So I stuck it through to the end. What a mistake! The underlying premise of the story and rationale for the kidnapping is strong. But the prison scenes are dull, repetitive and tedious and they are a majority of the story. Very slow pace. Then the author needs to make the big reveal and wrap it all up and that happens quickly and with some flat out unbelievable plot turns. The characters are flat and I found myself not caring about any of them. The surprising twist wasn't a surprise at all--who else could have hatched the kidnap plan? I have enjoyed Gardner's other books but will think twice before ordering again.
Kept my interest from the very start.
Excellent job with all characters
Oh yes, but I have to pace myself.
Suspense, Thrill, and Surprise!
Tessa Leoni was my favorite. She was introduced in "Love You More," and it was a great treat being reunited with her again in this book. I love her role and how she evolves in this book with her new character.
No. I have not heard her before, but she was really able to paint the perfect picture. I will look for her books again.
The whole book was so suspenseful and I thought I knew where it was going and then Bam! She took the book to a whole new level.
This was Lisa Gardner's best work yet!! Keep up the great work!!!
I really enjoyed the story and plot of the book, true Lisa Gardner quality! However the word "meaning" was WAAAYY overused, so much that I wanted to keep track of it. But I didn't. :o) The narrator has some context and pronunciation issues I've noticed in the last few books. Using "live" - as in "live concert" , instead of "live" as in "I live here." And lounge [lounj] like a cocktail lounge becomes "longe" [lonj] as in "longe line for horses". I am not a grammar cop but these things interrupted the story flow and were distracting for me. But the story was so good I'd just back it up 30 seconds, regain my thoughts and go on.
Best: Anatomical references (to chemical dependency reactions, injury descriptions)
Least: The redundant and tedious explanations of things that a reader would normally conclude on their own
Probably not. Perhaps if someone in the Simon Vance talent range read the book, I MIGHT give it a try.
No. It ended with a "twist" that anyone who has read a mystery before could see coming from the beginning. Because you suspect the ending in the first few chapters, you decide it must be a red haring, but the author does not develop other characters complex enough to solicit suspicion.
For a young adult (due to writing style, not content) who is in need of practicing synonyms, fears subtlety, and needs repetition for the easiest of points to sink in.
Also, the reader's "New Hampshire" and "Boston" accents will make you think that Murder, She Wrote's Cabot Cove residents were watered down. Although this does wake you up from the monotony every once and a while.
This was a good one! If you liked Gone girl then you'll like this one. The one down fall I found with this book was the "who done it factor" was pretty obvious about 1/4 into the book and you spend the rest of the book listening to how they did it rather than trying to figure out who did it. None the less this was a good one. I'd give it 4.5 stars if audible gave us that option.
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