- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: March 15, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01D083OCO
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Blackout: A Thriller Audiobook – Unabridged
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The story follows a cop named Doug who had been suspended from the force due to the fact that he was not able to let go and move on from a crime that had been previously committed where the perpetrator hadn't been arrested. Even though he's suspended, Doug continues to do some investigative work on his own. One night, he calls his former partner and urgently tells him "I've got him this time", however the call is cut off because Doug has been shot before finishing his sentence.
After waking up in the hospital, Doug has lost all memories from the last 10 years. The story follows him and his partner Nate as they attempt to uncover what it was that Doug had uncovered.
The story was quick, which was nice. The "chapters" were short, but not clearly labeled, which made it difficult to know how long I had left in a chapter while reading on the kindle. That might be a nuance I personally don't like - maybe it doesn't bother anyone else!
I had a few problems with the book. First, the plot felt pretty thin to me, and it also didn't feel super unique. There wasn't a ton happening, so it felt like a lot of the book was dragged out, and I found myself getting bored at some points. I'm glad this was a book I chose to alternate between kindle and audiobook, because I'm honestly not sure if I wouldn't have gotten though it without also being able to listen to it on my commute to and from work. I also didn't particularly love any of the characters. It's not that I disliked them per say, but I didn't like them either. I wasn't necessarily rooting for them in the end. I felt totally indifferent to how the book was going to end, which isn't what I want out of a book marketed as a thriller. Lastly, I felt like some of the dialogue and character interaction felt really unnatural to me, which took me out of the story.
I alternated between two and three stars, but given how hard it was for me to want to keep reading and the fact that I didn't care how it ended, I'm going to land on two stars.
This is where the story really takes off as Doug tries to piece everything together. If he was after this Bennett and his phone call to Nate suggested he had enough to put the guy away, what did he do now that he can't recall anything connected to the case? Not one to give up easily, Doug, with Jessie's help, starts to painstakingly retrace his steps leading up to his attack. What he manages to uncover is chilling and could cost a lot of people their lives if his memory doesn't return in time.
I pretty much read this in one sitting. Once I started, I didn't want to stop. I loved Doug's persistence even though it once cost him his relationship with Jessie. They had been engaged up until the time Johnny, Doug's soon to be son was killed. After that, Doug had become obsessed with Bennett and it cost both him and Jessie. Then he's given a second chance and I loved the way the author brought the two of them together again by using their investigation to do so. Also liked Nate and how he and Doug interacted with one another. It was obvious they were close but there were times Doug drove poor Nate crazy. Doug's interaction with his Captain also provided a few comical moments. Especially since Doug couldn't recall anything about the man and how they got along - or didn't - in the past.
This was just an enjoyable read all around one one I would definitely recommend to those of you who like crime and suspense.