Private investigator Alexandra Lovell uses computer skills and cunning to help clients drop off the radar and begin new lives in safety. Melanie Bess, desperate to escape her abusive cop husband, was one of those clients. But when Melanie vanishes for real, Alex fears the worst, and sets out to discover what happened. Using every resource she can get her hands on - including an elite team of forensic scientists known as the Tracers and a jaded, sexy Austin PD detective - Alex embarks on a mission to uncover the truth.
As far as homicide cop Nathan Deveraux is concerned, no body means no case. But as much as he wants to believe that Alex's hunch about Melanie's murder is wrong, his instincts - and their visceral attraction - won't let him walk away. As a grim picture of what really happened begins to emerge, Nathan realizes this investigation runs deeper than they could ever have guessed. And each step closer to the truth puts Alex in danger of being the next to disappear.
©2009 Laura Griffin (P)2013 Tantor
This book didn't work for me. It's not that it's terribly bad (I've endured much worse) but it was nothing special. The publisher's description sounded really promising but I found myself falling asleep constantly while listening to it - lucky I wasn't driving :) The story was unexciting and the characters not really very compelling. There was nothing that really made this book stand out for me.
Maybe a better narrator could have lifted the book from the "just OK" level. I'm a huge believer in the importance of the narrator - they can make or break. This narrator did not make the book come alive for me. She slurs some of her words and I found this increasingly irritating. Her largely monotone narration contributed to my tendency to fall asleep while listening.
This book was not my best audiobook experience but definitely not my worst - just very blah.
I wanted to like this, I like mysteries but I couldn't connect with the characters. The plot was alright, it had a fair amount of suspense but the characters, especially the woman just irritated me more than anything. She was stubborn and wouldn't listen to reason but we were never given enough reason to understand why she would stick to her guns when it didn't make any sense.
The narrator did a good job with what she had to work with.
Use books for escape- typically avoid nonfiction. Enjoy action-romance, espionage/military, sci-fi. Skilled writing is most important.
I liked the female protagonist, Alex. She is an unassuming, but determined, individual who takes no interest in material wealth. She is formally uneducated, but intelligent, gaining her considerable computer skills with self-education.
Her love interest, Nat, is a no-nonsense detective with the local police force. There is tension between the two as Alex searches for a missing client and Nat refuses to believe that a colleague had anything to do with the client's disappearance.
No big plot twists, but a few surprises make this book satisfying - there are also satisfying bedroom scenes. Good reader. Overall, well done.
happily ever afters
Brand new author for me that I discovered through Audible.com and am so glad I did.
It wasn't necessarily a particular moment that got to me, it was the entire development of the relationship between Alex and Nathan. I enjoyed and appreciated every moment of their "dance."
It was apparent from beginning to end Talmadge did her homework before getting in front of the mic. She had a clear understanding of the characters and the author's pacing and performed them effortlessly. And kudos for the voice of Nathan who still sounded man enough to park his shoes under my bed any day of the week.
Religiously, I search my target genres for books read by (in no particular order) Joyce Bean, Susan Ericksen, Carrington MacDuffie, Kristen Potter, Patrick Lawlor, Jack Garrett, James Daniels and Dennis Boutsikaris. And my new favorite, Talmadge Ragan.
Absolutely! My hubby made a fast food dinner run.
I've been unhappy with the rash of fantasy/vampire/shape shifter and "erotica" that seem to have flooded Audible's romance genre in favor of smartly written stories that I can sink my teeth into such as this. And before fans of those subgenres want to stone me, I'm not knocking your beloved books. I've tried a few here and there, but prefer other genres more.
Audible, please release the other six books in the series - with the same narrator. Thank you.
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