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N.B. This review concerns mostly the audible edition.
I would love to be able to review the book in detail, but now I know the plot and ending without being able to tell if the writing is just bad or if the reader is so horrific that she ruined a decent book. It's a run of the mill detective story told by a non-detective, in this case a forensic psychologist, that is overly floral in language far too often but the story is OK. My biggest gripe is the over acting that infuses the entire text with drippingly-sweet lilting voice on every word. Often sounding like a braggart when using technical language, which no psychologist would ever do; the reader stresses the wrong words or point sometimes and sounds like she's reading at Children's Hour via your local crappiest library. The entire story sounds like the reader is patronizing to listeners, and worse, the characters. She reminds me of some particularly bad news reporters who fake sincerity when reporting tragedy. I honestly can't review the book because the reading was so bad. This isn't the first time an Audible Production has featured particularly bad reading, but it is the first time I have made it through the book before giving up in aggravation. I'd say that gives decent marks for holding my attention enough that I willingly endured such a bad read. If Audible/Amazon doesn't start improving, I'll be going back to just text again or only buying audiobooks from the publisher.