REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; OCTOBER 22, 2016 Narrator: Tom Taylorson
I am surprised that a man treated the issue of rape with such sensitivity - way more thanREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; OCTOBER 22, 2016 Narrator: Tom Taylorson
I am surprised that a man treated the issue of rape with such sensitivity - way more than some female romance authors I've read in the past. Even more impressive that this book was written in the early 90s.
FotPT is what I'd call a true police procedural because the plot revolves around the investigation of Gail's rape and the identification of her attacker without deviating - a lot of crime thrillers today include a side plot or takes off in another direction in an effort to inject suspense or thrills. Mayor sticks stubbornly to the investigation and that might bore some people (like me). I confess to being an somewhat ambivalent lover of police procedurals. They do often bore me when the investigation seems to go nowhere and all I get are hours (or pages) of the detectives' questions, either amongst themselves or in their heads. And usually, as Mayor says in his introduction, there's always a dead body. In this book, the "dead body" is the rape and I honestly expected to be driven nuts before I DNF'd it.
To my delight, I found this installment absolutely riveting. I was sucked into Joe's investigation, as I was by his long-time relationship with Gail. It's so refreshing to have a protagonist who's decent, sensitive and loving, unlike most in the police procedurals who are burnt out, recovering alcoholics or depressives, or cynical and bitter. Joe Gunther is nice but not bland, dogged in his belief in finding out the truth and upholding justice without coming across as a paragon of virtue.
I would have happily given this 5 stars if not for the fact that the attacker's identity is not realized until near the end and there were no clues for the reader that could have helped one try to an informed guess. Most readers like to do that whereas I'm happy to just go along for the ride the way the author planned the route. In this case, I felt the attacker's identity popped out of practically nowhere and that he could have been woven into the story a little better.
I liked the resolution of Joe's and Gail's relationship and hope it grows even better. Joe deserves to be happy.
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; OCTOBER 16, 2016 Narrator: Tanya Eby
I started on the audio without reading the book's blurb, something I rarely do. If I had doneREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; OCTOBER 16, 2016 Narrator: Tanya Eby
I started on the audio without reading the book's blurb, something I rarely do. If I had done that, I likely would have skipped this installment because it involves that old chestnut - creepy cult with the obligatory pedophile cult leader, who's named - what else - after an Old Testament prophet. I've not come across a cult leader named Rick or Jack.
And if the blurb had told me I'd have to put up with a surly 13 year old, I'd have stayed far away. If there's anything worse than creepy cults, it's having to deal with that and a teenager you want to slap unconscious. Surprising, then, that I finished this and even enjoyed some parts. Not enough to give it 4 stars but found it better than I expected. What I didn't like (apart from creepy cult and the teen) was that I couldn't quite connect some things and am not sure when/how Maura's companions were killed. Their deaths are only alluded to and even now, having finished the book, I'm not sure the bratty 13 year old girl was killed, too. I don't like children being offed in my books. Not even when they get on my nerves. Just don't put them in the book, not kill them I didn't think the plot flowed smoothly as it left me with a few questions and I would have liked a stronger tie between the prologue and the main storyline. As it was, I just saw it as telling me Jeremiah's a pedophile rather than the young girl he marries being one of the major characters in the main story.
I liked the ending given to Rat and I'm glad his dog, Bear, wasn't killed. I'm not sure what I want for Maura and Daniel. Yes, I agree that Anthony Sansone is better for her but even though he's loaded and has his own jet, it's the darn priest that's got me. Perhaps Gerritsen will end the series with the Pope declaring that priests can now marry, as Pope Francis is said to be considering....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; OCTOBER 14, 2016 Narrator: Deirdre Lovejoy
Some nice little twists and good pacing made this installment a winner. Jane "stars" inREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; OCTOBER 14, 2016 Narrator: Deirdre Lovejoy
Some nice little twists and good pacing made this installment a winner. Jane "stars" in this one, with Isles moving into the background. I can't say Jane is anywhere close to being a likeable character but the writing and plot enabled me to overlook my dislike of her.
I won't bother to summarize the plot and will only say that this is one police procedural I recommend. ...more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; 11 OCTOBER 2016 Narrator: Susan Denakar
3.5 stars. Not quite 4 because I felt the finish could have been more satisfying after thatREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; 11 OCTOBER 2016 Narrator: Susan Denakar
3.5 stars. Not quite 4 because I felt the finish could have been more satisfying after that long, drawn-out journey. The book starts off well and I thought I'd be in for an enthralling murder mystery involving Maura Isles. Unfortunately, Isles didn't play much of a part in this thriller which turned out to be a hostage crisis/human trafficking/alphabet-soup story.
Most memorable lines: (from Helen Glasser, Dept of Justice) "Do you know what the worst export our country ever sent to Russia was? The one thing we gave them that I wish to God had never been made? That movie, Pretty Woman. You know, the one with Julia Roberts. The prostitute as Cinderella. In Russia, they love that movie. The girls see it and think: If I go to America, I'll meet Richard Gere. He'll marry me, I'll be rich, and I'll live happily ever after. So even if the girl's suspicious, even if she's not sure a legitimate job's really waiting for her in the US, she figures she'll only have to turn a few tricks, and then Richard Gere will show up to rescue her..."
I did enjoy Mila's 1st Person POVs which were interspersed throughout the book but I'm not sure how Joe Roke, the guy supposedly holding the hostages, got mixed up with the trafficked women. I'm assuming after he picked up the 2 women, he became sympathetic to their situation and the extent of the human trafficking (reaching some high-level people in the US government). I must have missed the parts that show how Joe got to the point of holding the people hostage but even a check with my Kindle version didn't show me. The story just jumped from stage to stage so I never quite understood Joe's relationship to the women after he picked them up on the road.
Since action/political thrillers are what I read nowadays, I didn't mind the departure from the usual police procedural but I'm antsy to get back to what first hooked me in this series - Maura Isles and the ensuing murder investigation. I did not care for the Jane-and-baby parts at all! I usually dislike kids in my thriller books and a baby is even worse. I hope the next installment is set a few years later and Jane is back at work because if a pregnant Jane is hard to deal with, Jane with a newborn is much worse.
The ending left me wanting more. I wanted more about how Glasser and her team handle the bad guy's arrest other than just saying he's going to jail in the last chapter....more