REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; DECEMBER 17, 2014 Narrator: Susie James
The start is as if KR just copied and pasted one of her previous opening scenes - serial kiREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; DECEMBER 17, 2014 Narrator: Susie James
The start is as if KR just copied and pasted one of her previous opening scenes - serial killer, basement, victims...sigh. Why doesn't she do something different with the basement? Build boats or something like NCIS Special Agent Gibbs?
So, KR's latest is the same ol', same ol'. Same old, unnecessarily convoluted plot, dump on a ton of unnecessary info, litter the story with so many characters to make it feel complex and rich, but is really just luring the reader into a shoal of red herrings.
My happiness at seeing a different narrator other than Marguerite Gavin was shortlived. Susie James gives absolutely NO differentiation to her characters and I had a hard time knowing who was speaking. It's not so bad in a print book as I can back up and trace the dialogue. Still tiresome but can be easily done. I don't want to have to do that in an audiobook! I don't expect the narrator to be able to juggle many voices, but I do expect to be able to tell the male protagonist from the female. I couldn't here.
The only good thing I can say about this book is that the romantic element is stronger here than the previous books. It's more the older Karen Rose romantic suspense where she hasn't tried to shake off the romantic connection. Suspense purists are annoyed, as is to be expected but then, the should stay away from the RS genre and stick to pure suspense.
The sex is also more explicit, IIRC, with longer scenes.
I found the details impossible to follow. I don't know why Ms Rose thinks reeling every little bit of info, dragging in every character she can come up with, will make her book better. It doesn't. It makes for very exhausting reading and listening. The f******g audiobook is 22 hours long. I'm interested in Deacon; I was intrigued by him in the previous book, Did You Miss Me? and was excited to find out this is his book. Ms Rose did him a disfavor by giving him such a poorly-written book.
So why am I still buying Karen Rose books? I stopped for awhile then started again. I'm going to have to stop again. I like that I never have to worry about having to deal with one or both MCs' sexual thoughts about the other as most RS authors tend to do. I like that her MCs are professionals who are focused on their jobs and even if they are mentally drooling over each other, I'm not forced to read or listen. BUT...a suspenseful, gritty police procedural, or murder mystery, does NOT have to be a convoluted mess masquerading as a thriller.
Yet, CTYT is actually quite straightforward. It's the author making me feel it's complicated because she makes her characters have a hard time figuring out what they are dealing with.
One word to describe this book: CONTRIVED.
Nor does it have to have a serial killer every time. But if serial killers are KR's specialty, that's fine. I would still buy her books. Just please believe that there is a way to write an exciting romantic thriller without making it so hard for me to follow....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; DEC 19, 2014 Narrator: John Solo
3.5 stars for the story. 4 stars for the narration.
Sweet romance. I was in the mood for one and enREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; DEC 19, 2014 Narrator: John Solo
3.5 stars for the story. 4 stars for the narration.
Sweet romance. I was in the mood for one and enjoyed this. I'd listened to the author'sBy Fire series, which I also enjoyed, and noticed and oddly pedantic style in Grey's writing in Inside Out that was not there in the By Fire books. The rest of the book flowed smoothly but Grey had these passages, here and there, where he'd cover every little inconsequential step..."he asked for the bill. It came. He opened it then paid it. Then he got up..." Maybe not in those exact words as I'm recalling from the audio and do not have the ebook loaded. There were a few passages like that, enough to pull me out of the story and wonder why the author would suddenly write like that. 'Sudden' because otherwise, everything flowed well and even the first Farm series book I listened to, can't recall the title, was not like this.
Inside Out is one of those forgettable MM romances that, if one of my fav narrators were on it, would be a comfort read when I want a romance but my brain wants to snooze....more
NOTE: THE ONE STAR IS BECAUSE I HATED THIS BOOK FOR THE CHEATING COUPLE!
Hard to carry on when the story begins with, and the romance started, with theNOTE: THE ONE STAR IS BECAUSE I HATED THIS BOOK FOR THE CHEATING COUPLE!
Hard to carry on when the story begins with, and the romance started, with the MC cheating! The hero has sex with his brother's girlfriend/fiancee while the cheating heroine's justification is that her fiance prefers sleeping separately even though they live together. The cuckolded guy's brother, at least, feels guilty for not being able too keep his hands and dick off the woman, but the heroine's lame excuse for her cheating ruined this book for me. If the heroine's relationship with the guy's brother was on the rocks and their sex life was crappy, it might be understandable but cheating heroine tells the brother she loves her fiance! So her cheating is excusable and he shouldn't judge her too harshly, is her attitude. If this were erotica and she and fiance had an open relationship, fine. But poor fiance just happens to like sleeping without someone taking up his personal space. Not everyone likes spooning through the night and these couples do NOT use that as an excuse to cheat.
I'm surprised none of the other reviewers mentioned this so I thought I must have misread the cheating portion which occurs in the Prologue and the story proper begin 8 years later after cheating heroine's first husband (the hero's cuckolded brother) and her second husband are both killed.
Perhaps the fault lies with me for going into this thinking it was a romantic suspense. Perhaps if I'd approached it as a police procedural/murder investigation involving a couple whose involvement began with cheating I might have felt better about this book....more