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cristina

Somerville, MA, United States
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Awful

I have recently discovered this author. Most of her books, which I have read in quick succession, are great. This one was painful. Stilted dialogue. Stupid "plot." Lazy writing (there is one instance that goes something like this: "She was sure she saw that old look in his eyes, but she couldn't be sure." Seriously? Sure or not sure?). The characters are also quite unlikable in their sheer stupidity. They keep making idiotic decisions that seem inexplicable because they come out of nowhere. Had looked forward to this. Couldn't be more disappointed.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Disappointed

The plot ends up being ridiculous so, even though it kept me interested enough to finish it, it was ultimately disappointing.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Great entertainment

I have recently discovered this author and this is the third book I've listened to in a row. They're not great "mysteries" (my favorite genre) and probably too unbelievable to satisfy someone who is looking for great literary fiction...and YET, the stories are "unputdownable." The author somehow makes you care for these implausible characters and the twists and turns of their lives. She can count me as one of her newest fans.

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12 of 13 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Riveting

An excellent little mystery. Well crafted characters. Riveting (even if, yes, admittedly unbelievable) plot. I couldn't stop listening and have already downloaded another novel by the same author (had never listened to her books before).

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Mediocre

This was a huge disappointment after "Behind Closed Doors." The main character is incredibly annoying (seeming to learn nothing from previous experiences...). Can she really be that naive? Then, towards the end, there are a couple of hours (at least it seemed like hours) that might not have been a tad annoying in paperback but made for an unbearable listening experience: a recount of texts from a phone where the narrator is forced to read the date and time of each text before reading the brief content of the message (eg. "November 3, 6:58 PM: Hello there. November 3, 5:59 PM: How are you? November 3, 5:60: What are you up to now?). This goes on. And on. And on. And on....And on. (After a while, you know exactly what the texts are about to say so it makes the whole experience even more annoying). Hard to describe....but hopefully you won't be driving when you get to this part (I was) so you are able to fast forward through most of it. The main "turn" in the plot is such a huge coincidence that it seems incredibly lazy on the author's part (I believe the main character even points out to how incredible this was). Will download B.A. Paris' next book when it comes out, based on "Behind Closed Doors." If this had been my first book by the author, it would probably have been the last.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Could not put it down

This is the kind of book that has you praying for a longer car ride so you don't have to stop listening. Disturbing and chilling. The main character's "love" for Verity will make your skin crawl...Not for the faint hearted. And not perfect (I thought a few things towards the end could have been better)...but riveting, so I had to give it five stars. And I immediately downloaded the author's other book. The narrator is absolutely perfect for the part.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Flawless

Meticulously crafted plot, where you discover clue by clue along with the protagonist. Great character development. Excellent narration. Five stars without doubt.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-18

It kept my attention

Unfortunately (because I really enjoyed "The Guest Room"), that is about the best thing I can say: The Flight Attendant "kept my attention." In the end, the pieces came together quite haphazardly. The potential problems resolved (or did not resolve) out of nowhere. Some characters were left out of the ending altogether....Disappointing after her last novel, but I will read/Listen to her next one just to make sure. (Although not "Broadway," the voices were pretty good--even excellent-- except for the woman sitting next to meh who read Miranda's part: talk about strident! It felt like totally wrong casting.)

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-18

Disturbing...but I could not stop listening.

This is one of those books where the performances really add to the experience. There are several voices (unless Sam O'Mahony is the best actor I have ever listened to! :) ) but each and every one is superb. Excellent performances.

The story is disturbing because the main character is so incredibly cold. But the way the author lets you in on what happened and why to each of the characters is mesmerizing. I really couldn't wait to get back to it when I was forced to put it down.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-18

What a plot!

It starts off like a pretty average mystery: two time lines, 1986 when the protagonist was 12, and his present day at 40 or so. But, oh, how the pieces come together! A flawless puzzle.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful