Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.
I was sucked into this mystery/thriller from the start, and it did a pretty good job of keeping me in the dark (no pun intended) until almost the very end. It alternates the storylines of the kidnapped and the detective who is trying to unravel the mystery and find the missing women. Bonus: an appropriate and effective use of 1st person, present-tense narrative, only for the victim’s voice, putting you in the moment with her as she fights to survive.
I only read this story because my mother chose it with the Audible credits I put in her Christmas stocking last year. I don’t usually like to jump into the middle of a recurring character book series, but Gardner does a terrific job of giving you enough information on the detective’s background and personal life without great boring chunks of exposition. In fact, I wouldn’t have even realized that there were 7 previous books in the series without reading about it online.
Audiobook version, with an excellent performance by Kirsten Potter.