Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Our Vacation Fairy Tale...

Well...we survived our cross country jaunt to visit our youngest at college!! I have been away for what feels like eons, so thought I would post a small review of the audiobook that my husband and I listened to for part of the trip (the rest was country for the hubster, classical as a nice medium, and Beastie Boys for me, while my husband rolled his eyes *hey, at least it wasn't the Bee Gees).

I feel I need to tell y'all right away that I didn't make much headway on my Goodreads Challenge. I am so ashamed. I really just spent the entirety of my time in the Annapolis area staring at my daughter, trying to memorize every ounce of her before sending her off to be "wrecked" again. It was actually quite pathetic, but totally worth the car time. Plus, seeing her excitedly sing her favorite songs in the back of our car, wearing her Summer Whites, is something I will cherish forever.

Okay, back to the book! I grabbed an Audiobook off the shelves of my library that I hoped would keep both the hubby and I interested, and selected Red 1-2-3 by John Katzenbach. We have previously enjoyed mystery and suspense type books on road trips, so I thought I'd stick with the same genre and hope for the best. (Three we enjoyed on other road trips are The Cuckoo's Calling, The First Wife, and I, Ripper)
I haven't read any of John Katzenbach's other books, but I have heard of him...and I know he was very popular a few years back. And I'd heard nothing about this one, just read the blurb on the back and thought why not? So in between yelling over traffic and construction, we popped this in my car's CD Player and tried our best to pay attention.

Three women of differing ages and backgrounds have been handpicked for murder by an author who writes murder mysteries and dabbles in killing people. Their only connection is their red hair. He is The Big Bad Wolf and they are his Reds. He sends them each a letter telling them he's watching, and that somewhere...sometime...they will die.

He is going to be remembered and leave a legacy...writing a training manual for murder as he plots how he will devour the Reds. You see, his books aren't selling like they used to. Plus his wrinkles are starting to bother him, and his routine married home life has got incredibly boring. Now, what the Reds decide to do with the information that they are being stalked is interesting...and there are definitely a few twists and turns as the book goes along. But I really felt this book was all about The Wolf.

I give this one a solid 3 out of 5 stars. I liked the fairy tale with a twist scenario, and I thought The Wolf's character was well fleshed out and intriguing for someone who enjoys books and authors as much as I do. The three Red's characters felt a little cliche though and at times confusing. Mind you, I was listening to it and not reading from the page, which can make a huge difference when it comes to reviewing something. But the ending also lacked that special something, which I kept waiting for. So, although a decent read (or listen)...it's not the best suspense book I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.

So, back to the same ole same ole for me...no more vacations for a while! I still have a giant pile of To Read books to get through, and should have another review up for you within the next day or two. Did you read anything good while I was gone? How do you feel about Audiobooks? Good suspense writers? Let me know in the comments here, or over on my Facebook page. And don't forget to follow the blog for regular updates!

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