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- Listening Length: 15 hours and 59 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Robert W. Walker
- Audible.com Release Date: August 11, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MMOB0SS
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Blind Instinct: The Instinct Thriller Series, Book 7 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The editing/spelling errors were the least of this books problems though. Jessica is a favorite character of mine, I have read all the books in the series through this one. In this story, she is incompetent. It was pretty obvious who the killer was early on. She is even drugged by him at one point in the book - yet never seems to connect the dots. Incredible.
The dialogue is horrible. It drags on, repeats, and added absolutely nothing to the overall story. Making the dialogue worse was the overuse of slang. I've been to London, and I don't recall anyone using the strings of slang words that the characters used. It seemed like the author had a book of British slang and was determined to use every word contained within. I think he may have achieved this goal.
I only paid $.99 for this book, and I still don't think it was worth the money.
The 'soul searching' of heroine has become a little over the top, especially as it's replacing more & more of the elements that are required to make this a suspense whodunit. Maybe I don't get it but... I don't really care why she dives into 'infatuation' with every single male she partners with and can't skip over her internal justifications fast enough. (Two consenting adults...) I picked this series because I DIDN'T want romance novels...guess THAT plan needs revision.
Crucifixion may be one of the most hideous ways to die because it is slow and painful. By the time Jessica arrives, three victims have died by that torturous method. Two more deaths follow. The five victims have nothing in common except for a religious phrase inscribed in their tongues. Many people believe that the Second Coming is upon us. Jessica and her cohorts believe that a cult is hastening the event. Jessica places herself in danger trying to expose the culprits.
Fans of Cornwell and Goldberg (the writer) will definitely want to read Robert W. Walker's BLIND INSTINCT. The strong heroine is a feisty, independent person who relishes falling in love with an unexpected suitor. Though obstinate and brilliant, Jessica is a likable protagonist. The mystery is cleverly handled with the audience aware from almost the onset who is causing problems. This tale will make Mr. Walker a household name as he reaches the bestseller lists.
I don't know where Mr. Walker got his sense of dialogue, but he should return it and get his money back. "So, Jessica. Will you help them on this most troubling case?" Jessica's boss asked. "A most troubling case, indeed!" Sharp said. Ew. Also, the British characters either talk like they've escaped from a bad Victorian melodrama, or like they've stepped out of a reference work on British slang. At one point we even get a two page treatise on what words mean what in the U.K. and in the U.S. In many cases, when Jessica and Richard are talking they have to explain every slang term they use. Richard is also fond of saying, "Something is afoot!" which grated after 300 pages. Also, Jessica and Richard are given short shrift in the characterization department. We know very little about them except about their failed relationships and we don't get any other characterization for the rest of the book. The other characters are just cardboard cutouts moving the plot around.
The plot was your usual serial killer thing, but as the book plodded along things just seemed to become that much more unbelievable. Couple that with both Jessica and Richard separately going into the killer's hideout, knowing full well that's what it is, without backup of any kind made me scratch my head. Huh? These are trained professionals? The Tattoo Man plot was much more interesting to me, but it only encompassed about twenty pages of the book. I was wishing that that was the plot of the book, not the crucifixion deaths.
I can't bring myself to recommend this. If you liked his previous books, you might enjoy this, but if you're new to Robert Walker, try a different novel to start with than this one.