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This really was a bizarre story; filled with far too many not very likable individuals and perpetual rationalizations by everyone including the main character. Much of the mystery portion of this work is well done and when the killer is revealed it came as a real surprise. Warning; if you have the tendency to depress easily this one isn't for you. All the characters have some major flaw of some sort and all of them seem to lead rather bleak lives. I'm not sure whether this book is good or not but it's probably worth a shot.
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First thing I have to say is I never saw the end coming what a surprise. Each person you come across could be the killer by the time you work it out you find you are wrong. I really enjoyed the plot I am not sure this entire story is believable but it makes for a great listen. This is one author that is holding the clues very close to her chest not giving you much to go on. A lot of innocent people are getting killed along with Ken’s sister coming up missing. He keeps blowing up her phone and going by her house but she is nowhere to be found. Could she have been another of the killer’s victims? I wouldn’t say this is very graphic for the type of book it could have been. The author gives you the facts telling a little about how the victim is found and the area around them. It was an easy story to get into the author has no trouble holding your attention.
I thought Mr. Bruce did a really great job with the narration. His character voices were good you have no trouble understanding who is talking or what they are feeling. At times his voice can be a little flat but you still understand what is going on and that it is very emotional. I enjoyed both his male and female voices. He has a very pleasant voice that does pull the reader in. There are no background noise if any breaks were taken you cannot tell. There are no places where the volume is higher or lower each chapter starts off with the same volume and tones as the one before. Mr. Bruce really pulled me in painting the picture in my mind as the scenes unfold. I haven’t listened to anything by him and look forward to listening to more.
Things I had trouble with are that Ken being a detective works with the narcotics division who wants to work with homicide is given such a big role as heading up this investigation. Also that he would trust a news reporter with his feelings on the crime than get mad when he quotes him knowing he is new and looking for a big break such as he himself is. I also had a little trouble with the report I though some of that story line was a little more than needed. He does add a lot to the story just thought it was a little too much filler.
I did like how it all ties in to the beauty school and the bar. I enjoyed how they got answers and how the author brings in each character giving a full impact to the read. It is hard to tell what is separate or related with so much going on which adds to the read. The story has a great build up with a wonderful plot. Ken really got into the first victim seeing her really affected him even his dreams. My heart really went out to him over him reliving his mother’s death. He and his sister really had a hard growing up. The author really throws in a lot of twists and turns which has your mind all over the place trying to work it out. For me that is a good things I love trying to work out who did it. I really missed it on this one. At first I had it worked out and then let the author talk me out of it lol. My ranting is a high 3 or a low 4. The author keeps the read interesting with a steady pace. The characters are likable even if you are trying to second guess them. I did really enjoy the story and the narration. I do look forward to reading more of this author work. It was worth a listen just to see how this author mind works as she twists a very good plot.