Picked this up at the airport on a whim. I typically like Baldacci's books and this one was ok. Other commenter's have remarked on the main character'...morePicked this up at the airport on a whim. I typically like Baldacci's books and this one was ok. Other commenter's have remarked on the main character's uncanny similarity to another well-known character. I have never read any of those books (although now I'm going to!) to make that comparison, so that was lost on me. There is a lot of exposition and sort of dumbed-down/white-washed military/law enforcement stuff. I noted in the acknowledgements that Baldacci seemed to do quite a bit of research on this, so I won't insult a writer by assuming he just looked stuff up on Wikipedia. :) It was detailed enough for me -- even if some stuff seemed a little TOO elementary.
I figured out where the plot was going but there were some good twists and turns. There was probably a few too many subplots going on, and I wasn't sure which of them were really going to be relevant when it was all said and done.
Bottom line - it was enough to entertain me for a 3.5 hour flight and worth the $5 (since I can exchange it for a refund via the airport bookstore). I don't know that I'd recommend paying full price for this one -- get it from the library if you want to read it. (less)
Loved it. LOVED. IT. Maybe I"m gushing because I just blew off the work I brought home to devour the remaining 20% I had to read. Maybe I'm caught up...moreLoved it. LOVED. IT. Maybe I"m gushing because I just blew off the work I brought home to devour the remaining 20% I had to read. Maybe I'm caught up in the story and tomorrow I'll think "Eh, I was overly generous with the doling out of the stars on this one." Kinda doubt it. Because here's the thing - I don't need a book to be the most perfect specimen of literary achievement (even though this one was fantastic), I just want it to kick me in the gut, punch my heart for good measure and leave me a little breathless and pissed off at the same time when it's over. My real life has enough cerebral involvement-I want to read to FEEL something. And this story has it in spades. Even though the characters are younger than I, and in different places in terms of life experiences, this made me remember. I remember that first rush of leaving for college. That excitement of possibility. The thrill of discovery. This book reminded me of all of that. And it took me to a place I didn't-couldn't- know. An experience (central to the plot) that I have not been through. But I could feel it. And that's when *I* knew this would be a special book to me. In case you can't tell, I thought it was pretty damn good!
ETA: I would recommend NOT visiting the book's website before you finish the book. There is a major clue to the plot on one of the pages. Not a blatant spoiler, but you will notice it and it will be odd enough that you'll put two and two together. Then again, maybe not. I visited it after I finished, so maybe it's more obvious to me. Safe side, if you hate spoilers.
Also, per my previous update, I was 100% right about what was going on. Judging by some of the other reviews, I was late to the party on that. I told you I don't like to engage my brain TOO much when I read fiction! :) The last 20 pages are breathtaking and the ending. Oh, the ending. Pitch perfect. Also, I want to so steal some of the character's Facebook statuses!!
One last edit: Huh. Reading the reviews on GoodReads is interesting and enlightening. And sadly, sort of already tarnished my feelings about this. I genuinely enjoyed this story. I wish I hadn't seen what I did about the author and the negative reviews. Such a shame. No story is going to resonate with 100% of the people. One person's boring and predictable is another's fascinating and surprising. .....isn't that enough? Will have to ponder this a bit more....so far, the rating stands.(less)
Not bad, not bad! This was my introduction to this author. I was intrigued by the protagonist - who has (is?) "MPD", or Multiple Personality Disorder....moreNot bad, not bad! This was my introduction to this author. I was intrigued by the protagonist - who has (is?) "MPD", or Multiple Personality Disorder. At first it was jarring to learn three separate personalities narrating the story. But Davidson did a great job in establishing unmistakable voices for Cadence and her "sisters". The supporting cast was great also-Cadence's covert ops branch of the FBI co-workers and assorted friends. I definitely finished the book wanting to know more and revisit with these people. You find out what caused Cadence to develop her other personalities towards the end of the book, which I liked a lot. It helps to make her seem whole (no pun intended) and "real" and I'm fully invested in her and her story now.
The central mystery I felt was wrapped up almost too simply. The tone of the book is cozy mystery, but the case involves a rather violent serial killer (is there any other kind?). So that was a little jarring. And while the case gets resolved, I was still left thinking "Wait, what?". The WHY just didn't make a lot of sense to me. But I think with the crime element, I always expect a complicated, tangled mess of a mystery to unravel. I do watch a lot of crime tv -- NCIS, CSI, Law & Order, etc. This had the dark edge to it that many of those shows have, but with a comedic element that took a while to gel together. I do have a fondness for black comedy, so I was able to roll with it. I understand this author has written a lot of romance and paranormal romance books, so this is a definite departure. What is great about it is not a single vampire, demon, werewolf, or other paranormal character makes an appearance (although I wondered about Cadence's BFF's brother for a while there). Don't get me wrong, I like those elements in books, but it's also nice to find one that is something a little different. And this book - and Cadence Jones - are definitely it! (less)
Much like early Evanovich, I have no doubt Lisa Lutz will make me laugh even before I read a word. I have grown to love the Spellman clan and almost (...moreMuch like early Evanovich, I have no doubt Lisa Lutz will make me laugh even before I read a word. I have grown to love the Spellman clan and almost (ALMOST) wish they were real people so I could be friends with them. This book definitely had the finality that indicates the end of a series. I guess never say never though, right? I have read rumors that a tv series is in the works. I would love for that to see the light of day! Let the casting discussions begin!
As for the plot of the book...classic Spellman. A couple of interesting paying cases, a whole lot of Izzy freelancing. Family drama. Hilarious family dinner scenes. Revenge, secrets, more revenge....you get the picture. Lots of Henry, Maggie, and other favorite supporting cast as well. I can't say enough good things about this series. I think "document" #2 was my favorite, but it's hard to choose.
I'm envious of anyone who has yet to discover the Spellmans. If you like Stephanie Plum and similar, run, don't walk, to pick up document #1, The Spellman Files (now available in paperback!). GO!(less)
**spoiler alert** Meh. I didn't hate it. I've read all Giffin's other books (except Baby Proof) and this was by far my least favorite. The characteriz...more**spoiler alert** Meh. I didn't hate it. I've read all Giffin's other books (except Baby Proof) and this was by far my least favorite. The characterization was...good? interesting? flat? one dimensional? I'm just not sure. I liked Tessa and Valerie's parents better than the main characters, I think. I could picture them in my head whenever they were in a scene. On the other hand, I didn't know/see until the very end that Tessa had "honey blonde" hair. Until I was told, I couldn't picture what she might look like. But maybe that's my problem. The storyline was predictable, there were no clearly drawn "bad guys" or "good guys" either, in my opinion. I'm sure the majority would side with Tessa. I didn't. But I also wasn't exactly rooting for Nick. OR Valerie. I really didn't know what to think, and I knew exactly how it would end. The only thing I enjoyed was the characterization of the neighborhood wives-I know that type and am ever so glad I have no reason to ever interact with them. Overall, read if you are a completist for an author's work, otherwise, move on to something else. There's nothing to see here.(less)