Rouge doesn't want to hear this. He's spent the last 15 years trying to avoid the memories. A little girl has haunted his dreams all these years - and he has three days to finally put her to rest.
Filled with rich prose, resonant characters, and knife-edged suspense that have won so many fans, Judas Child is Carol O'Connell's most powerful novel yet.
©2009 J.T. Ellison; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I had a hard time getting through this book only because of the narrator, Erika Leigh. She should read children's books. She doesn't have the voice for this kind of book.
I really like Carol O'Connell's books and have listened to many of them and alway gave a four star rating. Not this time. The narrator was terrible in my opinion
My 40 year old daughter and I both enjoyed this book very much. It keeps you on the edge of your seat from the very begiinning. I loved the two young girl characters - espectially the one with the "actress" personality. What a slam bang ending. I don't think you will see it coming.
I know this book deals with a dark topic but that said all I can say is wow! I really liked this book. There were more than a few idintifiable characters. I especially like how much time was spent developing the character of the two girls. I especially liked Sadie as the protagonist. This book is a page turner and will not dissapoint.
I listen to a lot of crime mysteries, but tend to steer clear of "police" drama. I took a chance on this novel, and I am very glad I did! It might seem to have all the elements of a typical crime mystery- missing children, dedicated youthful police officer, sexy yet damaged female protagonist, a host of small-town suspects from the doctor to the lawyer to the school principal- but truly, this book was totally original. It is candid without being graphic, and it deals with the topic of pedophilia without becoming sentimental or judgmental. The characters are well-developed, and I liked that I didn't always like or dislike them, but rather changed my mind about them over and over as the story unfolded. But best of all, it is a really great mystery- it left me guessing, and guessing, and guessing. The last two hours had me so spellbound, I laid awake with my ipod on, waiting for the big reveal.
The narrator's voice does have a kind of "Mother Goose" quality at first, but the narration is solid and consistent, building tension well and keeping the characters voices distinct and believable.
Overall, I could not fault it. Recommended to anyone who loves the challenge of a good mystery.
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I have recommended this book to several friends. We all had the same reaction. Many twists and turns and didn't foresee the final outcome.
It was a decent performance.
The end left me gasping.
I went from this to all of O'Connell's other books available on audio. I have not been disappointed and always get the new releases. Audible would be smart to pick up the missing Mallory series books.
When I finished reading the book, I didn't know how to rate it. It resonated with me personally, but in ways I felt I would do better to forget. So I forgot about it (I thought) and last night, it came back fresh and alive. It's a powerful book and haunting. Yes, it's about child predators, but it's also full of friendship and a very timid (and ultimately courageous and resourceful) young girl.
This is a great story with excellent narration. I honestly can't believe the comments about the narrator - she does not just an excellent job with the female voices, but with the male voices as well - and her voice is very pleasing to listen to. All around this is one of the finest in this genre!
I would really like to have heard this book, but I just had to stop. The narrator sounds like she is reading headlines for the six o'clock news. I kept checking my iPod to see if perhaps I had set it to the fast speed. Nope. So, I tried to correct by putting it on slow speed. That didn't work either. I finally had to give up. The sing-song staccato with no sense of pacing is just too maddening. Too bad. Sounded like a good story.
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