- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 36 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Jeamel Publishing Limited
- Audible.com Release Date: September 26, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LY9BPNU
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Sole Intention: Intention Series, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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This book was good. I finished it and would like to continue the series but I had some issues with this book! They are personal issues. Grammar and everything is on point. Mel is a skilled writer, that is not an issue.
Before I go on, there are spoilers, I would recommend this book and I will continue reading this series.
1. I thought it was kind of repetitive. I understand that Ellen needed to talk to a number of different families but I didn't need to hear her say the same things to the families each time. Also, coffee coffee coffee! Wine wine wine!
2. There were a lot of unnecessary leads listed and not used and the best lead they had was ignored at it was barely used: the taxi! That was frustrating.
3. I was frustrated with Ellen for not relying on her partner more. She treated him like her office bitch and I thought that was tacky. On top of that she REALLY needed his help in the field and she completely ignored that. She was too full of herself to see she could be a victim.
4. I felt like the investigation was VERY long. It took so many days and when they had time to work it, they just went home. In a missing persons case I'd think they would have been on the clock 24/7.
5. This was too sexual for me. I do not like rape being written so sensually. For instance, I liked the killer POV but it was uncomfortable for me to hear him talk about the women like that. Their "luscious curves" and describing their breasts describing how he raped them with words like "pound" and describing his erection. It may have been written to make the reader repulsed at the killer but I did not like it.
6. The girls were kidnapped, blindfolded and all this but they were having discussion like they could see or knew where they were, like they knew who the killer was. It seemed like it was being used as a means to educate the reader but it was unrealistic to me to think the girls knew as much as they did.
7. I thought the story could benefit from more taglines after dialogue and details that were not in dialogue form.
8. Now I was really upset by this. Why would a seasoned police officer go with a suspect with no backup plan. At the end of the book, Ellen was forced outside of the hospital in BROAD DAYLIGHT and just got her silly butt in the killers car! She had no escape plan, no cell phone, nothing! It's one thing to go undercover (which she kept threatening to do but never did), its another thing to let yourself get kidnapped with absolutely no plan. Which she literally did. And so much for the tracking device... If she knew about it she may have used it more effectively and there is another unnecessary tidbit of info that could have been left out.
9. Lastly, the bad guys MO is way off. In his monologue he never talked about his break up being the reason he went all nutty, but Ellen said that at the end. On top of that, for a man to crack like this one did, I'd think something else was wrong, besides a break up. He has to be psychotic or something. None of that was brought up.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I just hope some of my issues with the book were dealt with in the next book.
Ellen Brazil leaves behind the police force to open a missing person's bureau with her partner, a computer geek that will make you smile. Although no longer a police officer, she still has access through her brother, Jim. Hired to find a missing woman, Ellen soon finds herself embroiled in a series of missing women--all of whom could have been sisters. With the help of her brother and Brian's computer's skills Ellen tracks down every lead. Will she be able to stop him and find the girls he's kidnapped, or will she become one of his victims?
One of my favorite things about Ms. Comley's writing is her ability to bring the characters to life through family and friends. Well plotted, well written and a real page-turning read. I loved it. Here's hoping this series has a long life as I'm looking forward to the next book already.
The missing wife of a pro body builder leads fairly quickly to a string of missing women who look alike. Ellen Brazil sets the course with an early serial kidnapping theory. The story unfolds in a straight linear fashion--no red herrings, secondary suspects, or side investigations. The ending is satisfying, giving both former cops a chance to show their stuff. Some of the scariest scenes were those written from the kidnapper's point of view. Recommended for those who like fast-paced stories and strong female protagonists.