Wry, smart, tough private eye Janelle Watkins swore off investigating child abductions four years ago, when she left the San Francisco PD. But when two clients beg for her help, one to find her missing 11-year-old son and the other to find a toddler who's vanished, Janelle can't say no. Even though it means returning to the scene of her nightmares - her hometown of Greenville.
Janelle enlists the aid of her ex-partner and ex-lover, Greenville County Sheriff Ken Heinz - but in the midst of their investigation, two other children are discovered missing and connected to Greenville. Then Ken's niece disappears on her way to school. Janelle and Ken find themselves in a race against the clock. Will they find the missing children in time, or will history repeat itself?
How could the performance have been better?
A decent enough thriller with some interesting characters. However, geez, wouldn't you think that if someone is going to narrate a book that has passages in a foreign language, and they had absolutely no idea whatsoever of how that language is pronounced, they might, like, ask someone, or look it up, or -- hey, here's a concept -- turn down the gig so someone else can do it? This book contains a number of passages in Spanish, and the narrator is completely clueless. The first hint was when she pronounced the name "Martinez" with the accent on the first syllable. Ok, that was pretty bad. But then it got around to some actual Spanish dialogue, and it's really clear that what Ms. Lefkow speaks is Italian. For example, she pronounces "cinco" as "chinco," which would be sort of right in Italian, except for that not being an Italian word. But this is Spanish. It goes on like that. She just doesn't know or care, and it's really off-putting.
If like me, you are disappointed that Sue Grafton's new Kinsey Milhone is not available on Audible I suggest you listen to what I hope is the first in a new series by Karen Sandler. Great characters and plot and I love the San Francisco setting. Laurel Lefkow is fast becoming one of my favourite narrators- I think I could listen to her narrate any audio book- and she narrates this perfectly.
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