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Alafair Burke is an excellent writer, but then again, she comes from a family of writers. Her father Jamie Burke is a famous mystery author. Alafair is currently a law professor in New York City and in her spare time she writes. This book does not belong to either of her series. In this book the heroine is a magazine journalist, who ten years prior, was an ADA with the DA office in NYC. In hunting for a story she see a video taken from a cell phone of a women jumping down on the subway track to rescue a teenage boy, she dead lifts him up on to the platform then runs away. McKenna Jordan (our hero) think she recognizes the woman as Susan Hauptmann a friend of hers that went missing ten years before. The plot is complex and twist here and there creating more and more suspense. McKenna keeps getting herself into more trouble. The story is told in the first person and we follow McKenna throughout the story. This book is showing off Alafair growing skills as a writer. Roxanne Hernandez does a good job narrating the story. If you are a fan of mystery stories, give the book a try, you will enjoy it.
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I've loved Alafair Burke's previous books -- really loved them, in fact, I said things like, 'She's much better than her father ever was' -- which is saying something.
But this one? I couldn't get into it. I listened to the first 3.5 hours, realized my mind had never really keyed in, but -- only because it was Alafair Burke! -- I decided it must be my fault, this was a book I was obviously going to love! So I went back and started again.
It didn't help. It wasn't me. There's something unfocused about this story -- a lot of sound and fury, signifying not much of anything at all. Lots going on, but the plates just spin and spin. Where was the editor??? So much repetition -- I normally don't mind the 'three-quarters of the book review of facts', but in this book, she kept doing it over and over and over, all through the book. Maybe her mind was wondering, too.
Part of it was the narrator. When she was just straight reading the text, she was fine -- no complaints. But when she was interpreting several of the characters, she insisted on giving them voices that might more properly have come out of zombies. Not just raspy, but really obnoxiously grating. I might not have felt so disinclined to trash those characters had they had themselves a better voice.
I'm disappointed, but this was another stand-alone book. Maybe Miz Burke will get her groove back in one of the series books again. I'll give her another try, just because she's Alafair Burke.
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