First let me say that my rating is probably mostly based on the kind of books I like to read. I found the book only because I was looking for audio boFirst let me say that my rating is probably mostly based on the kind of books I like to read. I found the book only because I was looking for audio books read by Phil Gigante. I liked the synopsis, and gave it a try.
On the pro side, this book was written well, and the flow was good between the past and present aspects of the story. Another pro is the use of some true history about Victor Hugo. Not all of it is true, of course. The nice thing about this is that author explains the difference at the end of the story.
-- The characters were okay, but they didn't really draw me in. I liked the aunts best, and they are side characters. -- It was slow in a lot of spots, and I did not find myself being drawn back to the book. I did finish it, however, and the ending was good.
Overall, I'm glad I read it. I found that the writing was interesting and unusual overall. The biggest down side for me was the slow moving plot.
As a side note, For those of you like me who think the paranormal genre is broad and some it of you like, and some you don't - let me narrow it down for you. The story includes reincarnation, the "devil" or whatever you would like to call the being, seances, visions by the main character, and a few other eerie happenings. There are no vampires, shapeshifters, Fae, etc.
The best part of this book is the twist and turns, a real roller coaster ride of suspense, surprising clues, and amazing revelations. Truly a fun bookThe best part of this book is the twist and turns, a real roller coaster ride of suspense, surprising clues, and amazing revelations. Truly a fun book to read. I listened to this one and found the rendition excellent. It was read by two women and they both did excellent jobs with their respective parts. Again, the men are always a challenge to a female reader, but I could distinguish between the characters. My only complaint about the D.D. Warren series in general is that I don't find her a very likable character. We see a lot more tenderness from her in this book, as well as her regular asshole persona. It's a welcome edition.
The style of this book is similar to The Neighbor, my favorite in the series up until this point. This one is running neck and neck with the former, and have yet to decide which one I prefer. Both are excellent and I would recommend both. ...more
I love the Sharon McCone series, and really enjoyed the previous novel, Locked In. While I like the further development of the characters, the main plI love the Sharon McCone series, and really enjoyed the previous novel, Locked In. While I like the further development of the characters, the main plot was hard to follow with all the different covert agencies and operations involved. The whole thing just seemed a little scattered to me and I basically just got through it so fast due to the characters alone. I just didn't like this particular mystery....more
I don't know what to say about this book; there were so many twists and turns that when I was finally finished, I felt dizzy. I had to stop last nightI don't know what to say about this book; there were so many twists and turns that when I was finally finished, I felt dizzy. I had to stop last night but starting reading it this morning and didn't get finished until afternoon, ignoring all my chores and obligations. (I don't really, in the grand scheme of things have any that can't wait). Although I didn't skim through any of it, I did kind of rush some parts, and I know I'll have to read it again. There are a lot of nuances I probably didn't pick up, and I would like to read it slower so I can grasp them.
I can't do it right now, though, my head is still spinning. I need to get this review done, do my chores and get back to real life. The book so consumed me that when I finally finished I almost wanted to throw it away so it couldn't tempt me again, because I really, really do have things to do.
I like this one a lot better than the 1st one, mainly because of the character progression. Mac can still be annoying at times, especially her obsessiI like this one a lot better than the 1st one, mainly because of the character progression. Mac can still be annoying at times, especially her obsession with fashion. Sometimes I just want the scene to love along and we have to hear (I listen to the audio) all about what the other person is wearing.
Barrons is becoming a lot more interesting. He's probably the most interesting character of the series thus far. A little too gruff in the 1st one, in this book, he seems to be mellowing and becoming more focused at the same time. A good complicated character, the best kind.
Rowena and Danni are also good additions to the characters and I look forward to learning more about them.
I am not a big paranormal reader and this is my first time reading this series. I certainly plan on reading the others. I'm in the thick of it now and I want to see what happens next....more
This book was so slow that I almost gave up. The last quarter of the book was better but still nothing to write home about. Although interesting, it fThis book was so slow that I almost gave up. The last quarter of the book was better but still nothing to write home about. Although interesting, it felt contrived and after a long slow story, this was disappointing as well. It was okay, but nothing special. I have read Sandra Brown before and loved her. I've heard from others that some of her books are good, and others not so good. This one definitely falls into the latter category.
Besides having a flat plot, I found the characters mostly unlikeable and not too realistic. Realism is not always a necessary quality for me, but in this case, the lack of it only made the story flatter. I will continue to read this author, though. Now I'll hopefully have a feel for which ones to read and those of which I should stay clear. ...more
Okay, but not one of her best. Hugh Frasier usually does a great job with the audios, but this must have been one of the earlier ones recorded becauseOkay, but not one of her best. Hugh Frasier usually does a great job with the audios, but this must have been one of the earlier ones recorded because his Poirot isn't quite as good as all the others I've listened to....more
I love Agatha Christie and the development of the characters is per usual, impressive and pertinent. The end still holds surprises, even though the moI love Agatha Christie and the development of the characters is per usual, impressive and pertinent. The end still holds surprises, even though the motive of the killings is more obvious than her other novels.
For me, the weakness of the book is that Hercule Poirot is brought in almost at the end. For the audio book is not until late in Disc 5 of 6. The beginning is a little too detailed for me and I found myself bored at times.
Yet, it is cleverly done and I would still recommend it for all Agatha Christie fans. ...more
I love this series, but this is not one of the best. The positive aspects are the intricate mystery, interesting characters, and the introduction of HI love this series, but this is not one of the best. The positive aspects are the intricate mystery, interesting characters, and the introduction of Hy Rapinski. Like most of these books, I didn't figure out the mystery until the end, and that's one of the things I love about all the Sharon McCone books.
The negative part for me was perhaps the backdrop of the plot, an environmental controversy. While I support environmental concerns, I found this part of the plot pretty boring. It was nice to finally meet the infamous Hy, who becomes a major character in the later books, which greatly improve the stories. ...more
The greatest thing about this series is seeing previous characters in the current books. I liked this one more than the 1st three books in the series.The greatest thing about this series is seeing previous characters in the current books. I liked this one more than the 1st three books in the series. I've also read Tysen's story, The Scottish Bride which is my favorite of the original bloodline. These books are easy to read and I finished them fairly fast.
This one featured the twins of the oldest brother, Douglas Sherbrooke, who was featured in the first book of the series, The Sherbrooke Bride. They are all grown up, and while the story is mostly centered around the older brother, James, there is a threat to the whole family and everyone gets a good deal of time in the story. The heroine is great in this one, and I think this book has more humor than the others I've read. There is some real depth at the end, which I found surprising but interesting.
There is one aspect I don't really care for. Coulter seems to have a reoccurring theme about men who cannot control themselves on their wedding night and either bungle the job or end up basically raping their bride who is unwilling, or sometimes both. I just find it somehow disturbing. Perhaps it was realistic to that time period, but even so, I'd rather my alpha male be alpha and honorable at the same time.
Having finished the The Heiress Bride right before this one, I don't understand what happened to the other child Alex is carrying at the end of the book. There are no other children for Alex and Douglas that are mentioned here. I find that really odd. Perhaps if I read the books in the series that are in between, I will find an answer.
But all in all, I think this one is one of the best of the series I have read thus far....more
I don't usually read courtroom procedurals, but this author really has me hooked. I finished this book so fast, I neglected paperwork I definitely, reI don't usually read courtroom procedurals, but this author really has me hooked. I finished this book so fast, I neglected paperwork I definitely, really must get done. When I was done, all I could think was wow!! I was riveted almost immediately and literally couldn't put it down. The only reason I did last night is that I really had to go to bed. This is the best one by far that I have read of this genre. Although I guessed a few things before the end, I can never unravel the whole case, and the ends are always a surprise and a delight.
Besides the courtroom drama, Barbara has some real soul searching to do in this one, and the relationship with her father is always an added bonus to her books. The character of Barbara is a complex character and her life is followed as we proceed through the story. If you like this series, this is a definite must read....more
This book is not one of her best, but I still liked it. It drew me in rather quickly and kept my interest. It's probably more like 3 1/2 stars, but heThis book is not one of her best, but I still liked it. It drew me in rather quickly and kept my interest. It's probably more like 3 1/2 stars, but hey, it's Catherine Coulter, one of my favorite authors -- I had to go in the positive direction.
She does have a lot of books that are better, and a few that are worse. But overall, if you haven't read her, I would definitely recommend it. I just wouldn't start with this one.
In fairness to those dissenters out there, I partially agree with some of the negative comments. The dialogue is not up to her expected standards, but it's not that bad; it didn't make much of an impact on my enjoyment of the story.
--The story was choppy in places.
--Some of the characters and subplots were not deep enough for me; it's like she just stuck some things in to prolong the story or add some spice.
--In parts, it pushed the reality meter to the limit. I give a lot of license for realism. However, the idea that the bad guy is really clever didn't go over very well. This is because, he/she got away with a lot just because the good guys being really stupid -- Kevlar vests, anyone? There's some really shoddy police work going on and even Savich and Sherlock are in on one of the "good guys are stupid scenes".I found it hard to get on board with that one. This is standard police work, people! Maybe because it's an older book, they didn't do it the way I expected them to, but I got over it.
Overall, I found it fun and engaging. Not one that I couldn't put down, but enjoyable. ...more