This was a slow-starter, but I ended up really enjoying it. I like to listen to a book while I walk, so I need something that keeps me going. I did my..Show More » Saturday morning exercise and ended up finishing the book when I got home...had to find out what happened, and I was surprised by the finale. I didn't like the narrator at first, but once I got used to her voice, it was fine. I will try another Meg Gardiner.
While I generally enjoy Meg Gardner, I found this novel very difficult to swallow. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong, and there are way too ..Show More »many improbables in the narrative line. No one in the story seems to take the crimes seriously enough; i.e., a blatant kidnapping is ignored by everyone, including the victim and the police, first degree assault is disregarded, accessory to murder one is excused as poor judgment, etc. If I didn't need to keep both hands on the wheel while listening and driving, I would have been tearing my hair out. Kudos to the narrator, who did a fine job with weak material.
I have not read this author before although I understand Evan Delaney has starred in more than one novel. The plot was engrossing and in itself worth..Show More » the listen but some of the scenes were really savage. It wasn't enough to give an intimation of vicious acts; Ms. Gardiner wrote with enough chilling, bloody detail that I actually found myself fastforwarding through parts, wondering if I had bought "horror" instead of "thriller". And there wasn't just one such scene but five or six, enough to discourage me buying another of her stories.