I think this one falls somewhere in the middle. I've listened to much worse (The Lock Artist) and too many better to name. I do think this was good, i..Show More »mplausible at times, main characters were slightly immature for their ages but... This is fiction rather then fact so it was completely enjoyable.
The plot is reminiscent of, well, the author's first novel: a normal sort of person is lured into a life of crime almost by chance and gets more and m..Show More »ore corrupted by the experience as he goes along. To be honest, I was a little surprised: was this going to be Mr. Laukkanen's premise in every novel? (Could we expect, for example, an art teacher to become an art thief in his next one?) Still, the writing was so entertaining -- and Mr. Ballerini so superb as the reader, as usual -- that I didn't really mind. In the end, I found it to be even better than The Professionals. The line between the good and the bad guys is clearer here. The personal 'qualities' that make the main character keep on robbing banks more believable (although there are plenty of improbable coincidences but, again, I did not mind). Tons of surprises. Tons of fun.
I'm really enjoying this series. It has just enough twists to keep it interesting and make it different and surprising compared to other cop series...Show More »r/>As expected, in this book, the relationship between Stevens and Windermere gets more complicated. There is good tension without taking away from the action and the story. The bad guys were good in this one. The mastermind and minions kept me guessing and kept it interesting. The action, complexities, and level of badness in the criminals were great. The pace of the story and action were good too. The thing that dropped it to four stars was the continuous attempts to try to describe the mental illness of a couple of characters. It was too abstract, filled with hyperbole, and was repeated way too many times which made it tedious.
The first two in this series were both based on amateur and almost reluctant criminals which I really, really liked, but maybe that's not scalable in a series.
I don't like the narrator's voice and accent sometimes for Windermere, that's why he only gets for stars.
I recommend this book and I'll listen to the next one.
After reading Laukkanen's first 3 books I decided to try this one as an audio book. The story was riveting and I couldn't wait to get back in the car ..Show More »to listen more. The narrator did a good job with accents and differentiating character voices to make it easy to follow the story, even at 1.5x speed.
Mostly though, Owen is proving that he is a young writer that is one of the absolute best out there and deserves to be among the best sellers and most talked about fiction writers.
Start with the first book in the series, because once you read one you will end up reading them all. Might as well do it in order.
Worst case scenario of the affects of child abuse...
First, Edoardo Ballerini does a Fantastic job narrating this book. He seems very connected with the characters and gets all the little nuances. <..Show More »br/>This book is really good. The protagonists are from the Windermere and Stevens series which is always an interesting read. The books often reference previous books but don't necessarily need to be read in the order the books were written. Each can be read as a stand alone.
The antagonist in this book is a grown man. As a child, both he and his sister were severely abused by their father. His sister hung herself- with his encouragement! Father goes off to prison for his bad deeds and the son found his niche for life. Spring forward 20 years and there's a psycho on the internet encouraging depressed teens to kill themselves while he watches (and records without their knowledge) and promise that he is a teen who will also commit suicide right after them. I can't say anything else or it will spoil the story for anyone who wants to read this book. This book is fast paced with plenty of suspense.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! If you found this review helpful please indicate so. Thank You.
Laukkanen writes a good series made better by Ballerini
I have enjoyed all of the Windermere and Stevens series. Edoardo Ballerini's stellar narration just makes them that much better. This book is a p..Show More »olice procedural that does not involve super human scenes. It is just a believable story of crime and suspense and a mad man who wants to murder beautiful women because he believes he's been wronged by all beautiful women he has ever tried to spend time with. So he picks the ones he thinks no one will miss and leaves their bodies along the railroad in Montana. Needless to say it's freezing and the murderer is an experienced hiker which our heroes are not. This is a book about outfoxing someone who has been at it so long he believes himself to be the fox. This is also a book about friendship and one young woman's quest to get justice for her friend and the lengths she will go to do this. The ending is kind of sad but does bring full closure to this story. This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you found this review helpful please indicate so. Thank You.