Set in the mysterious and other-worldly landscape of Chile's Atacama Desert, this fast-paced and captivating mystery novel revolves around Pablo Nelson - an American by birth but with Chilean roots - who has resigned from being a detective in a small town in Vermont to open a hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. But soon after starting his new life, he finds himself drawn in to helping a Chilean detective solve a series of gruesome murders occurring in a remote desert village. In the process of the investigations, Nelson must confront his greatest fears and doubts about himself.
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Too Tough a Task
Needed more time. This is a two and one half hour audio book, from a one hundred and nineteen page book. The author had to introduce characters, establish explanations for their actions, introduce a mystery with multiple bodies and include the "chase". There is an exotic location, a reasonably likeable protagonist. The work just wasn't long enough to accomplish all of the elements of a good mystery. Some of the motivations and actions by the characters seem to be just thrown out there and not reasonable.
Telegraphed. Which is what I meant that the work needed to be longer for that aspect to develop.
Dan Carroll has a pleasant voice. Easily understood.
Please stand back from the geyser!
I appreciate the opportunity to listen to and review this work.
I would like to see the work lengthened and developed a bit more. It's on the right track!
A review copy was gifted to me at no charge. In return, I am happy to provide an honest review. Also at no charge.
- in1ear (John Row)
I wasn't quite sure what to make of this story. At first, it was so dry I was wondering if this was a true crime book. But it's not, it's just a flat, dry narrative fiction. The narrator really didn't help. He had a choppy telling of this story and his voice for the female detective was... hard to get through. I think this book would have been far superior if it had had a better voice over artist. That said, the interesting part of the story (cult killers!) was never fleshed out and it felt like the author spent a lot of time on unnecessary scenes and rushed through intriguing ones. I wouldn't recommend this book to my friends.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
- Tad B.