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Adam Garwood is a private investigator based in Montreal. He is engaged by an obviously eccentric but wealthy woman to find her twin sister, Devon, who disappeared twenty years before. His reluctance to take the case is further increased by the warning given to him by an old police friend that the case was investigated and closed and that Jillian, the client, is unstable. But work is slim for the flamboyantly dressed P.I. and there is something intriguing about the woman. Meanwhile, Adam's life partner, Richard, Adam's one true love, is urging that they buy the home of their dreams, a beautiful apartment overlooking the harbour.
The deeper Adam investigates, the more convoluted the case becomes, and his and Richard's relationship is tested. Told mostly in the first person present, with flashbacks of memory to fill in character background, the book starts well, the protagonists are given life beyond the written page and the mystery and madness of both case and client become increasingly engaging. But later it all starts to spiral out of control as the storyline becomes too confusingly unrealistic and the personal romance overly maudlin.
Narrator Michael Robbins does an excellent job, portraying the investigator caught in this increasingly complex and frightening web and as the hapless lover who just wants to go home. He reads beautifully, pace perfect, with just the right intonation to convey the emotion felt by Adam. The listener really is with him, inside his head. Voicings of the other protagonists are also good, distinctive and giving added depth.
Overall, an unusual mystery detective story interwoven with an ongoing gay romance. Sadly, what starts well later disintegrates into confusing contrived chaos. My thanks to the rights holder who freely gifted me my copy .of Yolk, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. Had the book maintained the promise of the earlier chapters, it would definitely have been a book to recommend. Unfortunately, it did not and, without Mr.Robbins' excellent narration, I would have found it hard to finish.
Michael Robbins did an excellent job of narrating this book. He has a lovely voice, with clear diction, a pleasure to listen to. The story wasn't for me.
Adam Garfield, a detective, is hired by Jillian Lambert to find her missing sister. Her twin sister, Devon, has only been missing for 20 years! Adam sees a desperation in Jillian that leads him to take on her case and try to solve the mysterious disappearance of Devon. However, Adam quickly realizes that there is more to the mystery than he was told and there are a lot more players involved. No one is telling Adam the full story … there are too many secrets and hidden agendas. Adam recognizes the danger to both himself and his soon to be husband, Richard. His need to solve the missing person case and put an end to the mystery just pushes him closer to the danger he’s trying to avoid.
Colleen Baxter Sullivan has put together a quirky cast of characters and made what might have been a simple missing person case and made it more dangerous and involved. It is a fast read, lots of action. The main character, Adam is trying to do too much – balance his home vs work life, his sexuality, his relationships, and put everything in a neat little box. Sullivan doesn’t let him get away with that and keeps Adam on his toes.
I enjoyed the book but felt the ending was rushed.
Michael Robbins performed the narration very well letting the story flow smoothly. The sound effects – the voices on the phone were not as clear as they could have been, they were gritty.
There were no issues with the audio production or quality of the audiobook.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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I got this code for free on Goodreads for an unbiased review, and what I thought about this story is that it’s somehow stuck in the middle, between a gay story and a directive story.
The way protagonist got his clue was so boring. How could someone get all the information he needed from one person and one chat? Let alone the sudden and strong feeling to the others. Too much unnecessary solipsism.
The narrator’s voice is clear and posh, and a little over-relax, if you ask me. Personally I think this voice will be perfect for a romance story, comforting a tired heart after all day work. But not that nervous, for a suspense story,