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I am a relative newcomer to the work of Libby Fischer Hellman so was delighted to be offered an audio copy of her book, Double back to review. And it was a delight. A private investigator is disturbed by the abduction of a little girl who is then returned without any apparent ransome demand. Then the child's mother is murdered. What first appears to be a local financial crime spirals in size to encompass far more ; and as the body count rises, Georgie, the P.I., and her friend Elly Foreman, have to face up to the question, "What happens if the defenders turn out to be the bad guys?"
The story line is fast paced and travels in directions quite unexpected, the characterisations are mostly well formed and realistic, and the whole is entertaining and easy on the reader/listener. The narrator. so important in an audio book, has a pleasant voice, nicely modulated and reads well without annoying ideosyncracies or unexpected pauses.
Recommended for anyone interested in a light but complex mystery thriller.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Most times when I read (or listen to) a second book or watch a second move in a series, I feel let down because its just never as good as the first. NOT IN THIS CASE... Libby Fischer Hellmann did it again by writing a book that I couldn't stop listening to. I'm so sad to see it end but wow what another GREAT MYSTERY with characters I just love. I want to be friends with Georgia and Ellie! I want to become a detective, investigate and chase after those bad guys. I feel like an inspired child that wants to be a super hero. I have recommended this series to family and friends! I'm so excited that book #3 is out on audio and I'm getting ready to purchase it right now.
“This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom dot com.”
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I loved this book and it was a companion on a couple of long walks and a train ride or two. Excellent storytelling, a good plot and some unexpected twists.
Hellmann has a real grasp of crime writing. Not having read first book in series I was somewhat confused in the beginning about the relationships unfolding with unwritten references to their past. Once I got over that and just accepted there had been a past encounter between to main characters if Georgia and Ellie I got sucked in to the storyline quickly. I could visualise every scene as Hellmann has an ability to describe in way that is filmic. I was intrigued when listening and wanted to hear more about the next twist and turn. I got slightly lost as Davis went off on her own to find out the truth of why a young child had been kidnapped under suspicious circumstances and had to concentrate on characters names to keep up . The book involves detail of financial institutions, power and drug cartels and how lives can be devastated. References to old school Chicago crime and the new demon on the streets was interestingly juxtaposed as we travelled what are obviously well trodden streets of Hellmann herself. I would particularly like to add how well it was narrated. If an audio book is not it can ruin ones enjoyment. I felt it was authentic and likely to try the first book in Georgia Davies series.