It was a little predictable as some of the reviews suggest, and, yes, everyone was a little stupid at times but there were some surprises and a nice r..Show More »omance. Just an enjoyable listen wondering who was going to be the next victim and why.
The narrator did okay, although she could work on the male voices.
Over-the-top, barely plausible romance & murder my
I knew I was going to have a problem when, shortly after the story started, the h stupidly asked “is someone there” when someone calls her name in her..Show More » house that’s supposed to be empty and where she lives alone. Then she, of course, moves to investigate the sound with a kitchen tool. This story was slow to me with the exception of maybe the last 30 minutes, which was the best part of the book but not worth buying. And my interest was peaked somewhat about 3 hours into the story but not maintained until the last part.
There’s much more emphasis on the murder-mystery part of the story and not the romance aspect. The kidnapping sequence ended in an unrealistic way, though the author tried to explain the kidnapper’s thinking. A statement by one of the federal agents investigating the kidnapping supports the unlikely outcome of the kidnapping. It was a stretch and detracted from me enjoying the story. And I hated the over-the-top romantic declarations of the H. The “she’s so beautiful I hurt” statement is too extreme to be appealing. It detracts from the story and the relationship instead of adding depth or connection. Additionally, he continually professed stuff like: I can’t breathe w/o you; I can’t live w/o you; I want you 24/7. She attempts to write desire, but it’s at such an extreme, primarily from the H, that it’s frightening and sort of ugly. He even admits that he’s concerned he’s obsessed with her, the h. He said that what he feels for her is “dark.” I love romances, and very much enjoy the head-over-heels type, but it needs to seem like it could happen here on earth, without intoxicants or mental deficiencies to make it happen. The only good part is that the murderer was not known until the end. But some of the machinations to hide the murderer weren’t impossible but seriously unlikely. And how the murderer knew some of the things he knew were never explained and, therefore, left questionable and hard-to-believe.
Finally, on the narrator, I didn’t like the southern twang the narrator often used for the murderer. Plus, essentially all of the male characters sounded too alike. I think I’m done with this author. It wasn’t bad, but it’s also not worth trying again.