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Bonnie B

Australia
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Loved It!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-2019

I actually (surprisingly) enjoyed this one a lot. The narrators are amazing and the story is great. I also loved that it was a quick read.
The narrators jump back and forth; that is, in addition to each reading a chapter (boy, girl, boy, girl etc), the male narrator speaks ALL male parts, including those in the female chapters, and vice versa. I understand why they've done this, but personally found it quite disjointed and difficult to keep track of. Like watching a movie, instead of having something narrated to you, it requires a little more concentration. By the end, it was fine, but it takes a while to get used to it.

The storyline is great up until the last few chapters. It feels shaky and unprepared, like the author had a brainwave of a new plot/resolution, and just shoves it in there with no prior leadup. It wasn't the best, but it is executed nicely, and really, we're not reading this for the storyline are we.

ADORED IT

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-2019

I absolutely adored this one. I listened to it twice, back-to-back because it is simply so sweet, so pure and so wholesome. It is endearing on a whole new level, heartwarming and funny. A story of two very normal people who become unlikely friends and then not-surprisingly become attracted to each other. It is extremely sweet. I adore how the narration of Leon is short, stilted and abrupt, similar to how I imagine a boy's thoughts are.

Just a wonderful book. I will 100% be reading again. This is comfort food in literate form.

Disjointed and Predictable

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-2019

I would not recommend this one. You can find far better out there in this genre.
It's very gossipy, and very ...odd. The plot is predictable and also quite cheesy. The characters are not exactly likable and the 'small town story' seems to be missing that warmth that juxtaposes so well with a thriller. I don't know if this story is marketed as a Phycological Thriller, but there is next to nothing 'psychological' about it. Thrilling, very mildly.
I enjoyed the narration, and as a whole, it wasn't the worst, however I would recommend others in this genre in an instant before this one.

Complex, Strange and Very Poignant

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-2019

A thriller that is completely unlike any other I've read. Helen Callaghan is very good at writing family-based psychological thrillers that are so innately webbed when it comes to the psychology. This book is no different. It's STRANGE. Strange in its setting, the storyline, the characters. And yet, the story swallows you whole, and suddenly you are strange too, and somehow this peculiar world and rules is both relatable and aggravating.

If you're the type of reader who loves a book that must be thought about, then I highly recommend. This is not a quick and easy thriller. This is one for the clever thinkers.

Wonderful, Uplifting, Poignant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-2019

While I have little to do in way of opinion when it comes to politics (American specifically) and the sort, I found this book to evoke a strong sense of purpose, encouragement and appreciation for the hard work and persistence of passionate people. I truly would recommend this book to anybody who wants a no-nonsense, practical and somewhat affectionate recap on life, career, marriage and family. I am not a woman of colour, nor have I ever encountered many of the issues Michelle did. However I found so much of myself in this book. It is perfectly told and her narration is wonderful. A heart-warming book that is truly good for the soul.

Enjoyable Read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-2019

Really enjoyed this one. The storyline is complex, but not overly-so, and the characters are wonderful as they always are. Will be sad to end their story with the next (last) book. This entire series has been a great collection and one I would recommend to anyone who loves a bit of crime thriller and wants to get into a good series.

A Great Follow Up from Part One

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-2019

Don't read this unless you've read part one - that is, book one. They're the same story, cut up into two very short books, I assume at an attempt to make more money on one plotline.

That aside, it's good. Enjoyable, punchy, suitably romantic, all the things you would expect for this genre. Great read for a long flight.

Enjoyable (but you'll have to buy book 2)

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-2019

I enjoyed this one. Very reminiscent of a 50 Shades storyline, however much shorter, much less weird and altogether focused on the romance rather than the titillation. My one negative was that this book is only Part One of two. It essentially ends on what should just be another chapter, and you'll have to buy the second book to finish the story. A little annoying, but otherwise, I enjoyed both.

Not My Favourite

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-2019

I have read all seven books in this series before this one, and enjoyed them all. This one however, just didn't pique my interest. It actually didn't hold my interest very well either, and I dragged through this one for days until finally finishing it. I think perhaps it is the overcomplicated storyline, or the way the characters jump around...there just seemed a lack of balance. The story could have been good if it had had a further three books dedicated to it, but squishing the whole plot into 7.5 hours was just too much.

Not my favourite, but I still hold hope for the next two.

Good, but Not Best in Series

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-2019

I found this book far more complicated than the previous in this series. A lot of characters to differentiate from. In fact there were two new sets of 10-15 names to remember, all involved in the same storyline. In the past, there have been a scattering of maybe 3-5 new people, which has been far easier to keep track of than 30. Perhaps the fact that this is an audio book made it more difficult to remember names from each other, but all the same, I found it confusing regularly.

Despite this, the mystery was good. I didn't enjoy the conclusion as much as I have others, and I found this story a bit scratchy in parts (I think due to the over-complication of characters). I have enjoyed past books in this series because of their easy simplicity when it comes to the dissection of a crime. This one felt more weighty, but didn't have a lot of backstory to help (as most external characters were new). Overall, I enjoyed it as I have the others, but definitely felt that this one was to be lowest rated out of them all.
Hoping that the next one is a little better!

(narration and main characters were as wonderful as ever)