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Not the best of Dean Koontz wrtings

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-08-19

Please be forewarned that this is NOT a stand alone novel, but Book 3 in a series of 5. I'm an avid Dean Koontz fan, and have been very into the Jane Hawk series. However, I found this particular book a bit slow, but it did finally get into the fast paced, suspenseful writings I'm use to him delivering. Should I by chance came upon this book without reading the previous two, I don't feel I would have understood enough of the back story to have kept my interest. That being said, having concluded The Crooked Staircase, I am more than looking forward to hearing the next two books, not wanting the series to end.

Elizabeth Rodgers does an EXCELLENT job as narrator, and I am very pleased that Audible has kept her throughout the series. I have no trouble differentiating between characters - male, female or child - and keeping the consistency just adds to one very long, enjoyable listen. Kudos to a job well done.

Not as good as many others I've read from Ms. Rose

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-01

I was somewhat disappointed in this novel. Having read mostly ALL of Karen Rose's novels, I am far from being a prude, but I was quite taken aback as to how much 'potty mouth' flowed in this book . Not only was the "F" word used constantly, and by ALL the characters, but every time came in doses of two or three at a time. Never did I believe this added to the strength of the story, making me wonder if she had been instructed to turn in a minimum amount of words to her publisher, thus adding this word so often?

I was also confused as to 'why?' the main character was always referred to by his surname, regardless as to who was speaking to him, or in what situation. I find it hard to believe that 'everyone' would talk to someone in this way, especially in intimate circumstances. (Almost chuckled as I pictured myself talking to my husband this way, all day/every day.) This wasn't the case at the very beginning of the book, when laying out the background, but once in 'present day', all of a sudden this changed. It took me awhile to actually figure out 'who' she was referring to, and again, have no idea as to the reason she chose to direct Thomas as "Thorn' throughout the story. I was forever trying to piece this one together. :(

I do enjoy Karen's writing style, but think I will take a break from her novels before giving myself into another of her books. I only hope, once I do, that she has got rid of her anger - or? - and will revert back to good, crime mystery dramas, and leave the bad language on the floor with the other trash, while doing her proofreading. With all the books she has written/sold, she must realize that trying a different/crass writing style is not necessary. She has already established a loyal following; I am hoping to be one that continues in that group. Will have to see what future novel style she uses before deciding on that one..

Good mystery thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-05

Was a bit slow at the start, but maybe as this was the first time I had read anything from this author, wasn't sure what to expect. I was happy I stuck with it as Lisa Gardner has a way of building suspense and drawing one into her story. Well worth the daily deal it cost me and would definitely consider other novels by this author.

Interesting and Fast Paced

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-28

I had purchased this book as a Daily Deal, as I needed something to fill in the time until my next Credit arrived. Was not aware of this author and very surprised at how quickly the time flew, listening to this novel. As there were two narrators, it was so easy to follow the tale, and the love/hate relationship between the two main characters. I found myself extending my automatic shut off time more often than not and was beginning to believe I would have to purchase yet another book before my monthly credit became available. I was a bit sad to come to the conclusion of this audio book, wishing it would continue. This is only because it was a 'good listen', not because it NEEDED a different ending. I am very happy I made this choice as a follow up purchase. Hopefully you will feel the same.

Another good novel by Dean Koontz

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-30

Enjoy listening how ever there are a few places where there are breaks in the audio and I was afraid it would not continue. Maybe it has been listened to so many times there is now a problem? Would advise your technician check in to this before further purchasing takes place.

Bought as a 'daily deal' fill in

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-20

#Audible1 I had originally bought this as a fill in to read, awaiting my next credit purchase. Was pleasantly surprised that I found the story quite interesting, and enjoyed how the characters grew. Although based on fantasy, I still got drawn into everyone's plight, and always looked forward to the next chapter. The narrator was very good; clear and distinctive between each individual so I had no trouble following along.

In the end, even though it WAS a 'fill in' for me, I can see me possibly purchasing Book 2 as I would like to know how the story comes to conclusion.

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