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This is the first Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz/ Jayne Castle I have ever read about which there is nothing to recommend.
Which is really odd because it sounds like a fascinating story. It has a retired magician wounded on stage by one of his own illusions. A heroine dressed in a wardrobe out of a Katherine Hepburn movie being chased across the country by murderer after a book of codes. I really looked forward to this book, but somehow the people who populate this story never really come to life.
I have always liked the character driven action of this author's stories.
This book is filled with people that seem to be interesting but not people that we really get to know. Oddly they don't seem to really connect with each other in the story.
I know that authors, like all other human beings grow and change professionally. But this book is so far from the Amanda Quick quirky, cheerful females who face each challenge with no thought of being defeated. When these women meet the inevitable set back they start off on another solution. The main characters in the middle books seem to like each other. The people in this novel don't even know each other. Well they are polite if wary strangers.
I agree with an earlier reviewer the narrator does do a lot of shouting. I think she is making up for the lack of drama and flat conversation. How being stalked by a murderer can make a person's conversation sound as if they are bored by the whole thing is quite a trick, but even the narrator couldn't breathe life into these people and Ms. Underwood does try.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Strident narration. STOP YELLING!
Too many characters, too many side plots.
none of the usual Quick/Krentz humor.
The premise started well and I was looking forward to enjoying the closer to contemporary timeline and the California location, as I live there and Quick's books almost always take place in historical England.
I love anything by Krentz/Quick/Castle so I might have been able to bear with the characters, plots and lack of humor, but the strident narration drilled the other faults into my head. The narrator has a vaguely British accent herself, which means her American accents are just grating and the odd emphasis of often used phrases (BURNING cove) make listening difficult. Tanya Eby or one of the other usual Krantz narrators might have done a better job, and made this mediocre story pleasurable.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I am English but I found the accent irritating and the American accents worse. It was a real effort to listen to and completely spoiled the story.