ToxiCity was an engaging mystery with twists and turns and surprises. I enjoyed the ride.
The performance was by two narrators. Beth Richmon..Show More »d performed the female points of view. Her performance was solid by I found it lacking something. Flavor or edge but still kept the story engaged.
Derek Shetterly's performance was with the male narrative and characters.
This was the first book I have listened to by Libby Fischer Hellmann. I liked her writing but didn't have the background on the main characters whom s..Show More »he had introduced in other books.
This book was told from the perspective of both main characters, which took some getting used to for me. Once I did get used to it, I realised that it worked well in this instance. I became interested in both Ellie and Georgia and will probably go back and listen to the other books by this author. The action was non-stop and there were many side characters, sometimes getting me confused, but everything was tied together in the end and it all made sense. All in all, it was a good book.
Eva Kaminsky is one of my favourite narrators and she was excellent in the delivery of the story
Although "Nobody's Child" brings us the fourth episode in Ms Hellmann's Georgia Davis series, and although it does refer back to events that took plac..Show More »e in some of the previous installments, this novel stands alone well: You can enjoy it even if you have not already listened to its series predecessors (but it will make you want to do so!). You will like the character of Georgia Davis: She feels like a real person -- albeit exceptionally smart, but sill real -- because Ms Hellmann really knows how to develop character ... and write, and plot! The word "gritty" always comes to my mind when I listen to Ms Hellmann's Chicago-based novels -- Yikes! Talk about a "seamy underbelly"! -- and "Nobody's Child" digs right down into the grit. I want to hope that Ms Hellmann is exaggerating a bit -- or even just making it all up out of whole cloth -- when she describes the dreadful criminal enterprise at the heart of "Nobody's Child." I want to believe that people would never sink to such abominations in order to satisfy their greed; but I know that Ms Hellmann always does her research, and that she is probably exposing a true horror that none of us wants to see. Of course, Georgia Davis manages to penetrate the web of deception and cruelty spun by these wicked people (in this case, Russian mobsters), and to do so very cleverly: by setting mobster against mobster. (Take that, you wicked people!) In the process, she escapes death by the skin of her teeth; and emerges from her adventure with a new sister and a new boyfriend. (Whew!) Unfortunately, I have to say that "Nobody's Child" deserved a better narrator. Although Beth Richmond has an undeniably beautiful voice, I would have preferred a narrator with better acting skills ... even if she did not have such a pretty voice. In particular, this novel requires good Russian accents and better vocal distinction between characters. Aside from this one criticism (and I admit to a fussy predilection for good acting), I recommend "Nobody's Child" to any lover of gritty detective fiction.