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Forget the pros-and-cons of the book (okay mystery but not as compelling as I had hoped considering this is the same author as PRETTY LITTLE LIARS.) Renee Chambliss is one of the WORST narrators I've ever listened to. She reads the entire novel in this voice that is both simultaneously flat and sing-songy. Her cadence doesn't vary from sentence to sentence. It's all read in the same tone, whether it's a funny moment, a scary moment, a dramatic moment, etc. And she does this really irritating thing where her voice RISES near the end of every sentence, so everything vaguely sounds like a question. It's maddening beyond belief and is a complete suspense killer. (In mystery novels, it's imperative the narrator is able to create tension with their voice, something Renee Chambliss is wholly unable to do.) Also, all of the characters sounded alike, it was hard to figure out who was talking. Her attempt at male voices where the worst. Only the character of Madison had a distinct vocal tone.
The book has it's fun moments, but it doesn't feel very professional or polished in both the narrative passages and the dialogue. But maybe I felt that way due to Renee Chambliss, though. I'd suggest if you're interested, pick up the actual novel (or read it on a Kindle). Avoid narrator Renee Chambliss at all costs!
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First of all, the narration was almost painful. I made the mistake of not listening to the sample before getting this book. Squeaky voice and pitiful attempt at making male voices. You learn to ignore it by the middle of the book.
The story was alright. It felt very high school to me and very corny at times with the dialogues. Some of the parts I caught myself thinking "really?" Because it was so unrealistic. Still, there was some suspense and it definitely wasn't predictable - I'll give the author that.
Overall, it was meh.