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Being a mayor in Atlantic Beach is a deadly position as both the mayor and then the succeeding mayor are murdered. David who is having a hard time coping with his father's death, his guilt over his girl friend's abduction and the betrayal by his sociopathic mother discover's the first mayor's body while walking the beach.
David and Mary are in a crisis in their relationship due to the issues that they both and especially David has to come to grips with. The detective Sam Rogers is encouraging David to consider law enforcement as a profession.
The story is good and entertaining but could be stronger and more well developed. For example there could of been a more detailed history and psychological make up regarding the villain. It wasn't a three star story however it wasn't quite on the level of a story that I usually give 4 stars to. However I am hooked on the series and am looking forward to the next book.
The main draw back is the narration. The narrator does a good job giving each character his/her own distinctive voice. The problem is that the narrator sounds like an elementary school child reading in front of the classroom.
I really feel for David and hope he can get his life on track. Fortunately he has two people, Mary and detective Sam Rogers in his corner.
“I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot come”
This is one of those books that is difficult for me to review, because it is a “borderline” book. There are elements in it that appealed to me very much, and others that emphatically didn’t. I had not read the first book in this series, but the author made it easy enough for me to orient myself and catch up on past events, without detracting from the new story.
While some of the plotting was excellent and nicely complicated, it wasn’t as developed as I like. For a mystery plot to work, there should be some strong foundations, so that, when everything is complete, we can trace the indications of the villain’s identity back through well placed incidents in the book, and that foundation just wasn’t there. Oh, there were hints about the perpetrator, but they were entirely too fleeting, and too vague, because when we learned the motivation, it came as a surprise, and I found myself thinking “where did *that* come from?” Also, although the author uses some standard devices they aren’t used very effectively. Again, having the least suspicious of the cast the perpetrator isn’t new by any stretch, but in this case, it just wasn’t grounded thoroughly enough.
Also, with a few exceptions, many of the characters were one dimensional and almost “off the shelf”. Had this book been just a bit more thorough in its construction, and the characters been a bit more 3 dimensional, this could have been a really fine mystery story, because all the elements are there, as well as both a lovely setting and the addition of what turned out to be both a minor distraction and a unique side plot.
I did very much like the way the author handled the relationship of the main characters, and the way they resolved, or at least began the process of resolving, the effects of their past traumas.
I have always maintained that a narrator’s performance couldn’t ruin a book for me, but the performance of this narrator very nearly did. For one thing, I found her voice unpleasant, (though that is my personal taste, and has nothing to do with her abilities). It is too high and too child like for me to listen to for extended periods of time. Also, her rate of speech was too fast, she slurred her words, and her expression was flat.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review from AudioBookBlast dot com.