After reading some of the reviews for this book, I expected a suspenseful ride. I got a slow walk to a mundane ending. For most of the book, we have n..Show More »o idea why Lauren Walsh in in danger. We watch her go through her days, unable to contact her ex-husband who is vacationing with his new girlfriend. Why does this matter? Lauren's whiny young daughter has lost a stuffed toy her father gave her and won't shut up about it. Various other characters come and go and we have no idea why they matter or what they have to with anything. It's not until the last hour or so of the book, that any of it starts to make sense and by then I was past caring. Suddenly, the sinister plot is revealed as if pulled out of a hat. A thoroughly wasted credit.
I'd listened to the first book, Live To Tell and went immediately to this second book. In my opinion, it was just TOO MUCH. Too much of whiney kids ..Show More »(the kids seem to run the show), too much of dull-witted and weak parents and definitely too much of this narrator (to put it nicely, she isn''t in my top 99% of favorite narrators). The characters in this book just aren't likeable (but some of this is probably due to the tone of the narrator). The kids seem to run the show. Yes... I did like the twist at the ending - not what I'd expected. Another thing that really bothered me is that there are two moms with VERY similar names. Even after listening to the whole book, I'm not sure of their names.... something like Laura/Lauren/Maura/Loren. I kept getting those two characters mixed up as well as whose kids were whose. I'd like to see if other listeners have the same issue. I wouldn't recommend listening to this book..... it might be okay in the hardback/paperback form.