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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
This book is a page turner. The author provides an excellent description of the syndrome and then weaves a family drama around it. The characters are boldly drawn. It is hard to pause so I keep listening to the audiobook.
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This story is really well constructed. You have a complex, if extremely naïve, main character in Jackee, who survives not one but four attempts on her life to solve the mystery of who wants her dead so badly! And two of the attempts were after she was completely paralyzed and could only move her eyes. Jackee is an heiress with a devoted husband and two small boys, Malcolm and Brian. One day Jackee is in a horrible car accident. The police have some questions but Jackee doesn’t think very much about it. She wonders why her busy executive husband is more distant than usual but puts it out of her mind.
When Jackee goes in for reconstructive surgery and comes out totally paralyzed, she begins to have some suspicions but still doesn’t want to think about it. When a third attempt is made on her life, she can no longer ignore the obvious and must make plans for not only her own safety but also for the safety of her little boys.
Soon after Jackee finally accepts that someone is trying to kill her, she discovers that she can tap into peoples’ feelings and can speak to her sons with her mind. She attempts to shield her sons the best she can using this form of communication but her only ally in this horrible situation is her live-in physical therapist, Kevin, who devises a Morse code type of communication using her ability to blink her eyes. He becomes her confidant and shields her from the callousness of her now blatantly hostile and inconsiderate husband.
Things get interesting when Jackee becomes entangled with the sexual happenings in her house. At first just maddening, the activity slowly (and I do mean slowly) allows Jackee an avenue of influence in her dire situation. This is my only real complaint with this book. You are subjected to Jackee’s sensations during sex again and again…and again throughout this book. It is integral to the storyline, I get it, but enough is enough. It began to seem like erotica or soft porn. Anyway, once Jackee figures out she can impact the people around her with her mind, a solution to her dilemma and a way to achieve retribution takes shape in her mind. Time is working against her, though. Will Jackee have time to complete her plan before one of the attempts on her life succeeds or her own body gives out on her?
I really enjoyed the narration by Mary Kootsikas. She captured the thoughts and turmoil in Jackee perfectly and performed the other voices admirably. The only voice I did not care for was the voice of Kevin. This physically hulking, yet intelligent and sensitive hero deserved a better performance and voice than the one given to him in this narration. It did not ruin the book but it did detract a little from my enjoyment of the otherwise superb recounting of this suspenseful listen.
I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
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