Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.
The story takes a while to get going, but even when it does, it's just not that interesting. The characters are not terribly believable, the story a bit far fetched - ultimately it's more like a Lifetime TV for women story than a thriller. Definitely disappointed. The performance is exceptionally good though.
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Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the story: on a Sunday evening in September 1991, Ramsey Miller threw a blowout block party, then murdered his beautiful wife and three-year-old daughter. But everyone is wrong. The daughter got away. Now she is nearly eighteen and tired of living in secrecy. Under the name Melanie Denison, she has spent the last fifteen years in small-town West Virginia as part of the Witness Protection Program. She has never been allowed to travel, go to a school dance, or even have internet at home. Precautions must be taken at every turn, because Ramsey Miller was never caught and might still be looking for his daughter.
Was an okay story - sort of predictable, not exactly a nailbiter. The characters are a bit silly and thin. I'm surprised it got so many good reviews; I wouldn't recommend it unless it's on sale (sometimes these are super cheap, in which case, it's entertaining enough to pass the time).
Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.
So the plot was absolutely interesting, in fact it was downright gripping. it grabbed my interest from the beginning and didn't let go. The dialogue is often stilted and unrealistic - and the characters are somewhat inconsistently drawn. Decker, though interesting as a character, doesn't ring true because of inherent contradictions in the way that he's drawn. And the female characters are especially troubling; all the females in the novel come across as whiny, irritating, and weak. Clearly Baldacci doesn't understand women, and what he understands he doesn't like - his thinly veiled misogyny is off-putting. Still, the novel itself is highly entertaining.
A word about the performance. The male reader makes occasional errors in the way that he reads a word, changing the meaning from what was clearly intended by Baldacci. Also, a female voice is injected whenever a woman speaks - which I got used to, but seemed unnecessary and a bit annoying. Finally, there's the occasional bit of music or sound effect, which didn't add anything but instead felt a little like the audiobook version of a laugh track (hey guys, here's a part where you should be feeling suspense.) All in all, I'd recommend it but with reservations.
Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.
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Overall this was good, although it seemed to take forever to get going. It wasn't until halfway through that I became hooked - so if you download it, stick with it. Certainly the characters are compelling, and once hooked I was enthralled.
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