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I really enjoyed the book.. Good story with a great plot plus romance and a bit sexy, but the audio was a bit weird when the narrator (with his big deep voice) tried to portray himself as female.. It was difficult to take seriously at these points I'm sorry to say.
I had to give up on this one. I should have been warned when the first five chapters covered only one day, during which the Hero simply re-traced what he had done on his visit two weeks earlier.
The pace was just sooooo slow. At one stage pages and pages were devoted to beer and pizza: Was the pizza cold, did it need reheating, does the beer need to go in the fridge, did the H buy the beer first, or the pizza, and so on and so on….. The conversation was banal, the electricity between the main couple was zero and the beer and pizza evening was the most boring date night ever.
The plot could have been good but as we got pages of details about only one other character, it was pretty obvious who the baddy was going to be.
And I am sorry to admit I did not like the narration. The narrator has a wonderful sexy deep voice, which made his attempt at a female voice sound awful. The h sounded like a rather silly child and it was very disconcerting to listen to.
Meanwhile the H was the most incompetent cop ever. He made guesses based on no facts whatsoever and then decided these guesses were facts. Nothing about the investigation made sense. We are expected to believe that police dogs spent all day searching the running trails that the victim had been using, to find his missing phone/notebook, but they did not bother to also search the car park where his body was found? His missing notebook was somehow going to be hidden in a bed and breakfast room that had already been cleaned out and searched? And surely if someone was a suspected murder victim and his phone was missing, the police could get hold of the records for that phone? And why did the heroine, twice (!) express great surprise to hear there was a market for stolen phones? Then we get pages of details about how criminals break into cars and steal things? Why? There was simply screeds of pointless information that did not advance or add to the plot in any way.
This book just seemed to drift around in places it had no need to go, while the plot went nowhere. I stopped listening after 4 hours, simply lost interest. Sorry, because I have loved other Norah Wilson books, but this one was a miss for me.
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Take a murder mystery with plenty of twists and turns that keep you guessing, add a full romance with a Happy Ever After ending, sprinkle it with at the edge of your seat suspense and you get Fatal Hearts by Norah Wilson! I thorough enjoyed this well written novel, the characters and the storyline. The title of the book makes sense to me now and no other would have done this book justice! I know I will read more books by this author.
I bundled my kindle book with the professional narration, so that I can switch back and forth. Love the narrator's gravelly voice and deep timber, which made up for not quite getting the female voice of Hayden right. Otherwise, I could listen to this narrator forever!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I think my 1 star rating says it all. The romance was incredibly trite, and the narrator was heavy handed with the main character's bedroom intonations. He made the female lead sound about 12. For a book set in Canada the ancillary characters, particularly Morgan sounded like a cross between a surfer
Stoner dude and an uptight wasp. And this was suppose to be a small town detective. And the Sylvia character sounded southern.
But worse yet is the completely obvious set up of the mystery. The main character is suppose to be a detective his dead brother an investigative journalist and the clues were so obvious I found myself yelling at the book on several occasions. I only completed this book on the off chance that all the obvious clues were laying out a humdinger of a twist.
Only slightly less annoying was the romance. The over use of words like luscious and glorious.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful