This was quite the book. It was kind of disturbing, but it was still a pretty good book. I really liked the narrator in this audio book. His voice was easy to listen to. He used different "voices" for each of the characters, much in the same way I do in my head when I'm reading a book.
The story in this one is great. There were a few characters, but I was able to keep track of who each person was and how they related to the story. Like I said earlier, it was a bit disturbing. There were a few scenes that had I been reading it I probably would have skipped over them. They were a bit graphic and gave me chills, one scene actually made me nauseous.... But the scenes were really necessary for the story. Without the disturbing scenes the character development would have been way off for one of the characters.
That brings me to the characters. They were so well developed. I got a good feeling of who each of them were, and their motivations behind their actions. The opening with Regina was a bit confusing at first, but once I realized what was going on it all made perfect sense.
The writing was excellent. Everything was so well planned and thought out. I don't normally talk about foreshadowing and such in my reviews, because to me the "technical aspects" of a book are not what make or break it for me. But I have to mention that there was quite a bit of foreshadowing in this one. It made me a little more prepared for the gruesome scenes that were coming, but it didn't make them any less disturbing.
This book was so well executed that even despite the gruesome scenes in it I was engrossed in this one. I really liked it and if all Baldacci's novels are written this well I think I'll have to pick up more of them. Truly a great writer.
The story is not good enough; and the brutality does not help it
Gripping story about two different groups going after the same evil 'monster', meeting casually and not knowing about the other's plans. Couldn't put it down once I started. The torture descriptions are extremely graphic and very disturbing. I had to skip over some, and I have a relatively strong tolerance of written-violence. Story had a bit of romance, but it wasn't distracting from the suspense/thriller aspect.
I have read a substantial number of the nineteen books Baldacci has written (up to and including this one), and I must say, in the category of thrillers, this is his best one yet. I loved it. Although not essential, it helps a great deal (in order to have a full understanding of the characters, Shaw and Katie Jones, to first read Baldacci's The Whole Truth.
I loved this follow up to book 1, it was better than I could have expected. Baldacci never seems to leave any spots or options unturned.