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If you could sum up Unintended Consequences in three words, what would they be?
I can sum it up in one word, "Intense."
What other book might you compare Unintended Consequences to and why?
"The Chamber" or "The Innocent Man" both by John Grisham, because of the intense anxiety that you feel for the legal team, and the defendant (The Chamber). In addition to these feelings you can't help but feel anger and frustration toward the legal system willing to execute a man without a sense of justice behind it (The Innocent Man).
What about Tanya Eby’s performance did you like?
You hear the voice of each character. As a listener Eby allows you to hear the thoughts, emotions, priorities, and sensations of each and every character. Eby transitions so well you don't always realize that you only have one professional narrator. She is absolutely amazing.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When George is telling the story of what really happened to his daughter, I was driving down the interstate. It was necessary for me to take a moment and remind myself that this story is a fictional story. It was nothing happening to anyone I know or love. This was the only way to keep from crying while driving down the road.
Any additional comments?
The book wasn't even over when I was searching Marti Green to see if there was a sequel to this book. I was nearly bereft at the thought of losing any contact with these characters. Sounds a bit dramatic doesn't it? Well, so it is. But I have read the Harry Potter novels over and over because I just can't say good bye to people I have learned to like and respect without a fight.
For the record, this is a debut novel. There are no additional writings by this author at this time. I seriously hope I will hear more from Marti Green.
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What did you like best about Unintended Consequences? What did you like least?
The story concept could be developed into an excellent story. On the downside, the author's ideology and some technical impossibilities make this story something between a 2 and a 3 star.
Any additional comments?
If you are reading or listening to this story, you have to first be willing to endure a fair amount of Harlequin romance sprinkled throughout the drama. It isn't unbearable, but it is there, so be warned if that isn't your thing. Next, be ready for some ridiculous plot devices, such as a eureka moment that declares fingerprints of a living adult prove the adult leaving the print is a close relative of a child that died 17 years before. Just to be clear, while fingerprints are in part the result of DNA and inherited, lineage CANNOT be established through fingerprints. There are several of those minor technical distractions but still not horrible. Next, for me at least, the persistent 5 minutes late to talk to a witness, 1 minute after a Judge leaves for the day, 1 hour too late for a clerk to look something up, locating a crucial witness hours after they were killed... etc, etc, just became annoying. A little of it adds suspense, too much is just annoying and used to eat up time which the wrongfully accused is running out of.
I guess my biggest difficulty was in trying to shake the feeling that the author was lecturing me on several ideological topics. Death penalty, police incompetence/corruption, mean and bureaucratic low level employees of government and hospitals, lack of medical care for uninsured, etc. It just all began to overwhelm what could have been a good mystery/court fight. Certainly, the occasional belligerent Court Clerk adds to a story, but not everyone the heroic attorney meets is a callous idiot put on earth to obstruct the few good ones. Likewise, not everyone who opposes the death penalty is good and those who favor it are bad. This author seems to hint that everyone that favors a death penalty is, at best indifferent to the possibility of an innocent person being executed. At worst, they are happy to execute the innocent, as long as someone dies. In a similar ideological mischaracterization, not everyone who disagrees with the death penalty wants prisoners to go unpunished or believe that all prisoners are innocent. In fact, opponents don't even necessarily disagree with a death penalty on the belief that the government convicts the innocent at some alarming rate. So at the end, a good base plot was turned into a readable but less than good read.
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