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The hero is an improbably stupid, whining, lachrymose character, reflected perfectly in the narrator's voice. This is not the worst feature, which is that, at critical action points the author goes off on several minutes of purple prose: I wanted to hurl the iPhone at the wall in frustration. There are saccharine moments that are unbearable plus the obligatory heroine-and-everyone-turns-against-the-hero that is not remotely credible.
This really must be the most annoying book I have ever read!
The ‘hero’ spent most of his time philosophizing about everything, frequently mentioning that if one had previous knowledge one would not take certain actions etc ... Our hero was naive to say the least, and as dopey as he could possibly have been, considering he was a Police Chief, albeit in a small backwater town.
The story was poor – I saw most of the ‘surprises’ coming, and I must say it is the first time I have found myself shouting at the iPod with a ‘For goodness sake get on with it’.
There is mention of the relationship with an older retired cop who was his mentor, I felt that there was no relationship – just a few helpful hints offered now and then – no friendship or feeling.
The characters had absolutely no depth to them, and the paragraph after paragraph of meaningless thoughts about ‘Life, the Universe and Everything’ really drove me mad,
I think that I wasted 13hrs and 28mins of my life with this book (length of audio version). I kept hoping that it would get better! It didn't!