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If I had to describe this book in one word, that word would be solid. The plotting is careful, and because it is, suspension of disbelief is not stretched so far that things become distorted. The characters are very well drawn, and even some of the minor characters are believably and charmingly human. Even the villain of the piece, though entirely despicable, is believable, though he is complicated enough that understanding his motivations and reactions takes some time and a bit of serious thought. At first, my reaction was that a person of his background and insipidness couldn’t be either smart enough or cunning enough to do what he did, in the ways he did. However …as with most essentially weak people, he uses certain other traits and tendencies to manage his actions and interactions, so, in the end even he works ..rather well, in fact.
One of the things I really liked about this book was the way in which the paranormal elements were handled. They were treated seriously, but they weren’t over emphasized, or mystified in any way. Anne could do what she could do, and, despite her self-doubts and self esteem issues, she absolutely knew and understood that her abilities were simply a part of her, just as tied to who she was as her eye color, her height, or her build. On a very basic level, she accepted both who she was, and what she could do, and that was heartening.
The writing is excellent too, and fits the parameters of the story perfectly. It is straightforward yet interesting, and, if anything just a bit understated. This becomes especially apparent in the extremely dramatic and touching scenes in the book, and the writing never overshadows the story itself.
The narrator was excellent. She voiced each character appropriately, and her phrasing and enunciation were perfect, as was her tempo and shaping. My only minor issue with the editing of the recording was that the pause between chapters was so long that it took a couple of chapters for me to adjust to it. At first, I found myself being concerned that something had happened either to the recording or to my computer. Once I made the adjustment, though, the long pause between chapters just became part of the listening experience.
I can unreservedly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery …even if you aren’t fond of paranormal elements. They won’t get in your way, because this author knows how to handle them, and make them actually support and enhance her story.
I am pleased to be able to give both book and narrator 5 full stars.
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What did you love best about The Sense of Death?
Karma/Justice was delivered in the end to Mr. Firth
What did you like best about this story?
In the beginning it was a little hard to get into the story but by about the 3rd or 4th chapter, I was able to crawl inside this book. You know it's a good book when you reach that stage. It contained a lot of mystery and intrigue. The husband Mr. Firth tried to throw off the detectives with his actions by trying to do them opposite of what was expected.
Which character – as performed by Sarah E. Purdum – was your favorite?
Ann- The ghost sensor and her dog Bo. The ending scene of Bo was a blessing for me.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, it was too long of a book so I planned to listen when I could.
Any additional comments?
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.
I really enjoyed listening to this book and how the author developed the characters. It was easy to follow and I didn't feel like I was missing anything as I listened.
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