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This was a compulsive listen, and I don't regret spending a credit on it. But so many elements of the story turn out to be dead ends, and ultimately the story is very far fetched.
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The plot is articulated in two/three parts . We start with the main character’s (Rachel) childhood years with a dysfunctional and abusive mother, we continue with Rachel's search of her father along with the rapid rise and fall of her career in journalism and we end (but this is by far the longest part) with Rachel meeting and falling in love with a stranger …From here onwards the thriller starts. We enter into a Hitchcock-like atmosphere where is difficult for Rachel (and the reader) to understand what is true and what is false, what has truly happened and what has been imagined. This type of stories need to be well tied-up and with a solid logic that gives credibility to the plot (the more sounds credible, the more the reader is engaged). Lehane is letting us down as- at times- and story and characters become inconsistent and the reader feels often that is taken for a walk into an unbelievable territory.
I do love Lehane, but am very mixed on this book : at times truly suspenseful and engaging , at times frustrating and too far-fetched.
Julia Whelan does an exceptional job to keep the reader hocked and to make him forget the credibility gap.
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