This was a very interesting and powerful book. It hits on some very timely topics of racism and gave a lot of food for thought. I listened to this oneThis was a very interesting and powerful book. It hits on some very timely topics of racism and gave a lot of food for thought. I listened to this one for book club and we ended having a 2-hour meeting, which was a first for us, our meeting do not usually go the full hour.
I found all the characters to be interesting but I felt Ruth was the most fleshed out. Maybe if Turk had been more fleshed out I could have understood the ending better. Now, let us get over the elephant in the room, the ending, let’s just say that took it down a star for me I thought it was too pretty and wrapped in bow. I know that in the author’s notes she explains why she did it but it still kind of felt like a letdown to me.
Overall, I think this was a timely book that I would recommend for book clubs because the discussion after reading was great!
The narration by Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell & Ari Fliakos was fabulous I thought all three really captured the character and brought them to life. I will admit that the Turk chapters were harder to listen to just because of the language he used but he is a white supremacists so… I also thought that Cassandra did a good job with the character of Kennedy and in doing Ruth’s voice when she spoke in her chapters. Audra was amazing as Ruth she really brought her to life there is a scene at the end where just from her voice I could picture perfectly Ruth standing in the door with her hand on the handle.
This was an interesting book not only a good mystery but an excellent history lesson about the war in Bosnia and the Srebrenica massacre of 1995.
Esa &This was an interesting book not only a good mystery but an excellent history lesson about the war in Bosnia and the Srebrenica massacre of 1995.
Esa & Rachel handle minority-sensitive cases but their new case doesn’t seem to fall under that purview or does it. Christopher Drayton was murdered but why are Esa & Rachel on the case? Drayton had a secret a big one and some people knew did one of them kill him? Was he really who he said he was or was he a Bosnian war Criminal living in obscurity right next door to refugees?
I really liked this story, we get a nice background on our two main characters and how they ended up as partners. I will be curious in the next book to find out even more about Rachel and her brother. I also found it very fascinating to have some of the transcripts from the war tribunal as that really added a lot to the story. I also liked the setting in Canada and couldn’t help thinking of a crossover book with Inspector Gamache.
Peter Ganim’s narration was very good and I was glad to have the correct pronunciations to people’s names. There was only one voice that grated on me and that was the hysterical Melanie Blasant, just in the one section it got a bit screechy but she was an awful person so I’m not positive it was her or the voice I was reacting to. I would definitely listen to more books narrated by Peter Ganim.
I have already bought the 2nd book in this series and look forward to the 3rd book coming soon. I highly recommend this series, the writing was very good and the characters are ones I believe you will get behind and really like.
I enjoyed this book and liked the main character. I just hope the next book may have just a few less f-bombs it's like every third word in a couple plI enjoyed this book and liked the main character. I just hope the next book may have just a few less f-bombs it's like every third word in a couple places. I swear like a sailor myself but this got to be quite annoying especially when listening on audio where you can't just skim over it.
The narration by Sendhil Ramamurthy was well done except his american accent was weird but otherwise he did a great job at the narration.
I look forward to the TV Series when it finally comes out....more