Darkness has fallen on the city of Portland, Oregon. One by one, the wives of affluent and respected men are vanishing from their homes. The only clues to their disappearance are a single black rose and a note that reads, “Gone, But Not Forgotten.” It is the rebirth of a horror that has already devastated a community at the opposite end of the country — and, as it did then, terror and death will follow.
Defense attorney Betsy Tannenbaum is trapped in a nightmare as the shadows of a killer darken her world. And she will soon be risking everything she has and everyone she loves to defend a cold, powerful, and manipulating client who may be a victim... or a monster.
©2011 Phillip Margolin (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"A bona fide ‘page-turner’.... There are those books that grab readers by the gut and won’t let go until the final word has been read in breathless relief....Gone, But Not Forgotten is just such a book.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Margolin is beginning to show his potential in this third novel, published in 1993. It deals with an unlikely-but-frightening possibility: What if a monstrous serial killer managed to negotiate a pardon and total immunity from prosecution, in exchange for the lives of hostages who would otherwise die? Margolin explores the ramifications of such a scenario in this well-written audiobook. In fact, I recommend "Gone, but Not Forgotten" to any legal-thriller lover who doesn't mind the narration quality too much. This audiobook deserves a better narrator, like Barbara Rosenblat, for instance. Tanya Eby sounds like a Valley Girl, with little range of voices or accents. She might do well with romances; but "Gone, but Not Forgotten" deals with pretty serious concepts. The publishers made an appropriate decision to use a female actress for the narration; but I wish that they had hired a grown-up for the job. Bottom line: Story = 4 stars; Performance = 2 stars; Average = average.
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