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I listened to over half of this (enough that returning it feels like a cheat), hoping it would get better, but it didn’t. Learn from my mistake and save ten hours of your life. First, there’s the story: a young teenaged girl is sexually assaulted, and it’s never even really addressed. I can understand it not being dealt with in the context of the story, but it’s like the author didn’t quite understand that even a “consensual” relationship between a teen girl and a much older teacher is hugely problematic. Then, the girl (now a woman) is casually gaslighted by every other character in the book “for her own good,” except the ones who serve no discernible purpose in the story (there are several of those). I hated everyone, and they were not complex characters that were fun to hate. They were all just dreadful.
Finally, a minor quibble: the writing, ugh. “‘Why do you say that?’ she asked, seeking information.” Yeah. We know she’s seeking information. She asked a question. Give us some credit.
26 of 30 people found this review helpful
The story kept me engaged but it is probably a better read than audio book due to the irritating narration by Ms Knowelden. She speaks with a soft, breathy, sometimes whispering voice. That is not good in an audiobook. It's sometimes hard to hear but even more distracting is the irritating sound of breathy tones through a mechanized device. I am always amazed when professionals do not know to project and even moreso that the technical staff does not catch this problem. Mr. West's narration was good.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Great narration really brings this story to life 10/10 i can not recommend the audio book enough ☺
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
enjoyed the story and it was well narrated and never boring even if the characters reactions to events weren't always believable, still a very enjoyable book.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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This was an easy listen on my commute to and from work. The narrators did a good job.
I particularly liked the approach to each chapter being narrated in the voice of the person it related to within the story and also the switching back and forth in time. One major disappointment - the ending was lame. The whole way through I kept thinking there was going to be a plot twist at the end that I wouldn't see coming. Unfortunately it was not the case and the story ended exactly the way it setup for throughout the plot. As someone who loves crime, mystery and thrillers it left me wanting. That's why I have given it an average score. Definitely nothing to write home about but if looking for a time filler this is your book.
Wow what an amazing read, I had trouble putting it down. It kept me guessing till the end. A must read for anyone who likes suspense.