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This book had a strong start. I loved the premise and the author did an excellent job of pulling me into the story and keeping me engaged. Her description of the setting was incredibly eerie and creepy and kept me fascinated and interested in how the story would unfold and what secrets would be revealed. I'm not a big fan of the use of "amnesia" in a story to build suspense. It always feel cheap to me...like the author didn't want to come up with something more plausible or original. In this case it seemed to work... Until it didn't.
By the last 3 hours I was sick to death of it. It just kept going on, and on, and on. The whiny and overwrought internal dialogue of Nora grated on my nerves and more than once I wanted to stop listening. The "I wish I could remember but I can't remember" bit was so repetitive I could have skipped whole chapters and missed nothing. It kind of ruined the whole book for me.
The best part was the narrator. She did an excellent job with mediocre material.
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I'll start on a positive note: The narrator was excellent. Okay now that I've got that out of the way: This book was awful. We begin with listening to hours of mundane details about 5 or so characters you never care about or really like. Their conversations, inner dialogue, boring conversations, inner dialogue. It's so terribly boring but I pushed on thinking we're just setting up and things will get better. Then I received a glimmer of hope as SOMETHING happens, only to have moooooooooore inner dialogue. Once you get to the crux of the book, where things should pick up and we should feel hooked and on the edge of our seats trying to figure out who-dunnit we gets hours and hours of, you guessed it, boring inner dialogue, an idiot character who "just can't figure it out!" despite the "bad guy" being so painfully obvious. I found myself fast forwarding through a good 20 minutes (this was at the climax of the book, mind you) just so I didn't have to keep hearing "it doesn't make sense" "if only I could remember" "it's so cold!" over and over and so the idiot protagonist could finally figure out the bad guy. Even at its resolution once we've figured it all out you're stuck scratching your head and thinking "Well does this resolution REALLY make sense..? Is the "bad" character's motive ACTUALLY strong enough to make them do what they did?" Everything felt so forced, drawn out, and boring that I wouldn't wish this book on anybody. Save your credit.
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