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I had been recommended this book and it was on my to-read list for the last year, but I found the (audio)book sorely disappointing: the narration was fairly flat (it is particularly dreadful when the story becomes more stylized and dramatic), and the ending is utterly unbelievable. I actually laughed out loud near the end, which is probably not the intention of the author.
The main character came across as judgmental and frankly, unpleasant -- as are most of the other characters. Worse, the author seems to be harshly critical of women and their bodies; in fact, the language to describe the bodies of larger women made me cringe. It was almost hateful.
The written prose is probably on the level of any Dan Brown novel (take that as you will). I would consider it a passable diversion, but will not be recommending it to any of my friends.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Dont get confused with Paula Hawkins 'Girl On The Train.'
But a great story regardless!
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
This story is not believable and does not hold the attention of the listener.
What was most disappointing about A. J. Waines’s story?
Poor plot with unlikely twists and turns.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Melissa Chambers?
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Any additional comments?
I wouldn,t recommend it as the listener will be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A really good book totally spoiled by awful narration. The narrator seemed to be in a rush which did not do the book justice
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
It has been a while since I' have read a book I couldn't put down, but this was one of them. Well developed characters, likeable and realistic characters. An easy story to follow, I did not need to re-read parts to understand what was going on, there was no obscurity. The scenes were recreated vividely in my mind, and no words were wasted. Every part of this book contributed to the main story. Characters' back stories were interesting and relevant. A little bit of a thriller, and a lot of mystery. An engaging and intriguing mystery, I wanted to know who did it. Mild twists and turns that were believable but still made me gasp. Such a well written novel, I will be reading more from this author. The narrator for the audible version was excellant, I found her voice pleasant and her diction excellant with appropriate tones and accents.
It's readable, nothing too special about it. took a looooong time to get started. narration was ok good thing about narration was that it was at a fairly brisk pace