The time has finally come for Mary to investigate Jeannine’s murder. As all clues point to someone in Bradley’s old neighborhood, Mary and Ian move into the former Alden residence and pose as newlyweds to set Mary up as bait for the killer. With Stanley and Rosie at their side, they expose the darkness hidden in the depths of Bradley’s old neighborhood.
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By Crackdown on 25-02-16
Niggles become flat out mistakes!
With the first books I reviewed in this series I mentioned the problems I had with the overall product.
Namely that although overall these series of books are right up my alley, there were a couple of niggles I had with the first book. However I decided to give the next two books in the series a go. Although the problems remained they were small enough that I might have overlooked them and carried on buying the next couple of books.
Unfortunately in this book those early niggles have turned into flat out errors!
I'll start with the previous issues.
The first is the narration. It's stilted at times, and pretty much delivered in the same tone throughout.
However the biggest problem I had was the references to some of the storylines in the previous books. If you haven't listened to those books then those references are hard to put into context as they don't seem fully explained.
So, onto the glaring mistakes.
In this book Mary and Ian go undercover in Bradley's old house. When Mary asks who now owns the place Bradley explains he couldn't part with the house.
In the first book, chapter 21, about 7 minutes in you get the following: '18 months ago he finally stopped and took a good look at his life. He'd lost his home, his savings, his job, his friends, and very nearly lost his mind.'
Okay, so he lost his home. Yet suddenly here it is in his possession because emotionally he couldn't sell the place?
Mistake number two. Now, without seeing the print version I have no way of telling if this is a recording/narration error, or if it's a written error. But it's still an error. We're introduced to several new characters who were Bradey's old neightbours. Including a character with the first name of Gary. Fine so far, but the confusion come with his surname. It's pronounced both Cooper and Copper. And not just once either. Frankly it's hard to know which surname to give him. I'm guessing Copper because that is used a bit more than Cooper, but don't quote me on that.
So sadly I'm not buying any further books in the series. Which is a real shame. I like Mary. I thought the overall premise had potential. But when you get books littered with mistakes, then you're not getting value for money.
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By Elle Reich on 21-09-17
Love the premise but....
Yes I keep buying these. Tip to other listers struggling with this narrator: speed up her voice to 1.25 or 1.5.
Author: inexperienced, makes up facts. Why is a Scottish guy complaining about adjusting to cold weather??? The climate of Scotland is much colder, much more dreary than Illinois <eyeroll>. Do some basic research, Terri.
A lot of other inconsistencies that reveal how young/naive the writer is. No way in hell any mother would be able to pass on to the other side without knowing their child is ok. The fact that the unborn child was never something Jeanine brought up in all of these books really takes away from the believability of the story. The number one priority of a mother would be the baby. Where is my baby? Find my baby.
The author needs to do a lot more research about what she doesn't know such as labor, motherhood, military, police work instead of making up stuff.
Mary is a virgin....what??? With all of her accomplishments, she would have to be late twenties early thirties, but this is orderliness fantasy tale writing Mary as early twenties being a former Chicago cop. Come on.
The male dialogue....just no. No man would have say half this crap. The actions and activity are spot on but the dialogue is more like a children's cartoon. The author needs more life experience to write better characters.
Sigh. Still buying the next book. Love the series despite its flaws. Send to me for proofreading,
Would be happy to help.
By MotherDragon on 26-03-15
A Heroine deserving of Respect
What made the experience of listening to Darkness Exposed the most enjoyable?
The entire Mary O'Reilly paranormal mystery series is well worth listening to. Figuring out the villain and their twisted motivations is delicious, while the heroes and heroines are all people you would want to know. In today's day and age, it is so refreshing to hear stories without a lot of gratuitous sex, vulgarity, and unnecessary violence that are STILL supremely entertaining.
Which scene was your favorite?
Cannot tell you my favorite scene without serious spoilers, but it is toward the climax of the story and I imagine it will be MOST PEOPLE'S favorite "Y...E...S..!!!" Moment.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The moving parts are always when apologies are made and forgiveness extended, because all of the main characters are people you would LOVE TO KNOW.
Any additional comments?
I am only reviewing this one book, but so far the entire series has been terrific. Much praises to Ms. Reid's storytelling abilities.