REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MAY 23, 2015 Narrator: Rusty Topfield
There were elements I liked very much here: the story was focused on the murder investigationREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MAY 23, 2015 Narrator: Rusty Topfield
There were elements I liked very much here: the story was focused on the murder investigation; there was no gratuitous sex and the romance didn't get in the way of the FBI's job.
In fact, the romance is hardly there. Noah makes his appearance only in chapter 8. That's 30% into the story. Unlike other readers, I don't mind this at all because I went into the story with a 'murder-mystery-with-a touch-of-romance' mindset and I was actually very pleased that the romance thread wasn't intrusive. This is just me, though. Unlike other romance readers, I don't like too much romance and sex in my murder investigation books. I also liked that Hutch smoked. Yep. Taboo these days for our romance heroes to smoke or bareback the other MC unless a barrage of tests have been done and the results (positive, of course) is shared with the reader. At least here, I get my fiction undisturbed by reality and it felt good to be given a hero that's not totally conformist. Kudos to the author for daring to do this, even if it's just smoking and not barebacking.
However, what I don't like in my books overshadowed the good in the end: absolutely next-to-no chemistry between Noah and Hutch. From chapter 8 onwards, though both MCs got equal page time, their interaction did draw me in. I did not feel the sexual tension in the least bit despite being told, in the narrative as well as by Granite that "Hell, the sexual tension arcing in the room between you two is so intense, I swear if you don’t bang soon, you’ll both explode." As far as I'm concerned, Granite's the only person who thinks that. The single sex scene did nothing to change my mind about the MCs having feelings for each other.
Peterson also employs the usual TSTL thing to insert a (non-sexual) tension that's been missing from the start - she has Noah going back to his apartment to get a report for his professor after he gets a phone call telling him said professor wants it. Noah is pretty sure he gave his prof a copy already but, of course, he does what he's told and returns to his apartment, and right into the arms of the serial killer. Is this some kind of clause in their contracts? That these romantic suspense plots must include the MC doing a TSTL thing and get caught by the perp?
Another hackneyed trope is the insane religious nutjob spouting Scripture during his kills. Really, they are a dime a dozen and I so want them to be eradicated from RS genre.
Going by the lack of romantic development between Hutch and Noah, I'm guessing this is just the introduction to either a new series, or a trilogy and that we'll see the couple take their relationship up another level. Whether the author will be successful in the sequel where, IMO, she failed here, is uncertain.
There was some important ingredient missing in this book, for me. It's as if most of the ingredients are there and the few dodgy ones shouldn't matter much, yet as the book comes to an end I am still hungry and dissatisfied because what I did eat was so bland it's left me craving for...something...anything!...more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MAY 1 2015 Narrator: Tristan James
A bit too much angst for me in this one and I frankly don't recall much of the details. Could beREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MAY 1 2015 Narrator: Tristan James
A bit too much angst for me in this one and I frankly don't recall much of the details. Could be because I don't care for this type of angst involving the whole family. Listened mainly because Tristan James made that possible....more