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.
I could NOTut this book down. Ms Gardner has you on the edge of your seat until the very end!
It's not a 4 or 5 star book.
Add some suspense and mystery to it.
She should have use her magic...
Not at all!
I was very disappointed. The whole book was a waste of time and money.
A different story. It was simply boring.....and very predictable.
I guess Libby, the mother.....though the character was not very likable....
disappointment....and anger that I had used a credit for it.
Have always enjoyed Lisa Gardner....but will have to put serious thought before I purchase another of her books after this one.
Never love someone more than it deserves.
Cant remember a comparable book.
Julia Whelan or Orlagh Cassidy
No because the bad narration
I would not recommend this book to a friend because of the swearing in the book. In my opinion the swearing detracts from the story. I'm sure the logic behind the author using that language is to add authenticity to the criminal element and a stressful situation- to make it more realistic but in my reality I wouldn't speak like that even in a stressful situation.
I liked the end where Libby, the main character, got on with her life.
I thought it was profound when Libby and Justin were talking about whether it was right to blame each other for their decisions of infidelity and abusing drugs or to take responsibility for their own actions- admitting that when you live with someone they have an influence on you.
In general, I believe that there is an untapped market for books where the swearing is edited out. I know that would be my choice.
The author was factual about Key West and used locations and characteristics that were authentic to Key West. It made the story seem real.
It kept my interest - not on the edge.
I would not go in search of another book by Lisa Gardner. I did like the narrator. The book was just okay for me. Started out a little rocky with the 'pain has a taste' or whatever that opening line was. From there it did pick up and I listened all the way through- so that says something at least.
I definitely wouldn't have had the odd scene with the daughter's medical issue (without giving a spoiler) in their hide out place. It didn't play out well at all, didn't add up and I was surprised to see the book was written by a female after reading that scene.
Nothing, thought she did a great job.
I wouldn't pay for it. But, I'd probably watch it on Lifetime.
It's a good summer read or airplane listen. Nothing spectacular but not bad either. The people that reviewed it as the best mystery they've read must not get out much.
I'm a huge Lisa Gardner fan. This is her best story yet.
Her ability to tell the story from a unique point of view. The way she includes characters from previous books, but with a different perspective, and most of all her ability to just tell a damn good story. These are the things that keep me always anticipating the next book.
The thrill of it, the taste of it, (figuratively speaking), how it grips you by the throat and you never see the ending coming..
Keeping with this author, I would compare it to Catch Me or The Neighbor. Same reasons as above. This author has always written a gripping story, even in her very early days. Recently, within the last 6 years or so the tension has mounted from the 1st page. I could not put this book down long enough to get anything substantial done!
She has an authentic Bostonian accent. I have friends that live in this part of the US, and her voice sounded SO much like they do when I speak to them on the phone or see them in a visit. In Love You More, the narrators didn't have the authenticity that this narrator does. I look forward to seeing what other books she has narrated.
Pain has a flavor...
If you have been sitting on the fence wondering whether or not to use your credit to buy this book, waste no more time! You won't be disappointed.
I can usually figure out who the perp is in most of the thrillers that I read. I usually get it right, even in some of Gardner's earlier works. In this one and in Catch Me, I guessed who it was probably 7 times at different places in each book, and I had it wrong every time.
I finished listening to it last night, 2/13/13, and I didn't know who the mastermind was until she revealed it. I have to say that it didn't shock me, but then I am very familiar with this author and her hooks that make you want to read her work over and over.
This book will hook you in the prologue.. and keep you hooked and entertained for hours! My only regret is that I have to wait until this time 2014 to read another book by Lisa Gardner..
Unless of course I cycle back through the books that I have.. Hmmm..
Now, THAT is an idea! It has been long enough that I may not remember who the perps are..
Say Goodbye, anyone?
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