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The Sound of Rain (Nicole Foster Thriller) Paperback – December 13, 2016
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About the Author
#1 New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen has written more than twenty books. Known for his ability to create vivid and fascinating narratives, he’s appeared on multiple television and radio shows and news networks, such as Good Morning America, Dateline, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, and MSNBC. In addition, Olsen has been featured in Redbook, People, and Salon magazine, as well as in the Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, and New York Post.
Both his fiction and nonfiction works have received critical acclaim and numerous awards, including prominence on the USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestseller lists. Washington State officially selected his young adult novel, Envy, for the National Book Festival, and The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year.
A Seattle native who lives with his wife and twin daughters in rural Washington State, Olsen’s already at work on his next thriller. Connect with him via Facebook and Twitter or through his website, www.greggolsen.com.
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Then we come to that ending. Seriously bad. I love a good twist in a book but this was absolutely ridiculous. I think the author thought himself clever for coming up with multiple twists but it was just too absurd and ultimately a huge disappointment. 2 stars for the effort.
The investigation involves the neighborhood of a local Target's store. The surrounding neighborhood is a trailer park. It's a rainy December day, again symbolic of the title of the book. It is with reference to the sex offender registry that the police focus their investigation of the missing child. It leads them to Charlene & Alan Dawson's home. Alan has been convicted of sex with a minor. He spent time in prison. He was 17 1/2 years old & his girl friend was 15 at the time. They later marry. But it doesn't matter to Danny, Alan is his target & Alan goes to jail accused of the crime.
Gregg Olsen has a way with descriptions I like such as his description of Danny. Danny is a stud. He works out, has a tough looking body, with the "veins in his neck plump like ziti in vodka sauce". He wants to appear as the tough cop and smart.
As the story progresses we see the 'sick' side of Nicole when she is destitute and has to eat in soup kitchens, sleep on church pews, but only in the evening. During the day, she wheels her one piece of luggage on wheels, in a perpetual drifting manner as if the plane she needs to board is never going to appear.
I also like the description of the office cubicle that Nicole used to have. She loved the window view she had. It was of old Douglas firs planted by an old lady who was a classic cat lady. Nicole & her sister Stacy would ride their bikes and leave them at Mary's place. Nicole respected and loved Mary even though several around her thought her a nuisance. It reminded me of my late dad & me going to eat at a certain restaurant that had tall spruce trees, probably 40 years old & that was one of the highlights of the meal with my dad. I miss that & understand Nicole's wanting that cubicle back when she comes back to work.
The story relies much on a blogger Lane Perry. Lane is a "festering wound" but he is also the source of much information, perhaps the same as the local tabloids are in the grocery lines. He is the one to bring shocking news to Nicole.
This is a story that criss-crosses a bit of the state of Washington, going to Washington State University. I didn't look at a map as I often do. But that would be a wonderful addition to the mysteries in the State of Washington. A list of the characters with a brief description would be useful too. But I was able to keep track of who was who. I am just a bit of a sentimentalist so I often do keep an atlas by me when I read about the areas the book is at.
This is a great read, and I am glad I read it. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys a good 'who done it' type book! You won't be disappointed.
This is the fall of a female detective in Bellevue, WA. She has a successful career but her successes are hidden behind a wall of her partner's making as he takes the credit for everything she brings to the table. It doesn't help that she's sleeping with him.
The story unfolds at a brisk pace, at times going back to a dysfunctional family, which helps you understand each of the characters in the present.
My only complaint is in the ending. It ends very abruptly and in my opinion, unrealistically. After investing myself, my time, etc... I want a dramatic but sensible ending.
I would definitely recommend this book. Enjoy!
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However, the plot was enough to keep me reading, and although I guessed some of the twists, certainly not all.
It was OK, but I probably won't bother with the other books in the series.
Nothing beats delving into a thriller with well-drawn characters; ones that you can like, love, hate, sympathise with, resonate with.....
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
Now for the NEXT book in the series!
It was ok. I got through it. It was twisty with the characters lives entwined etc but I like a bit of believable gritty and this for me wasn’t.
Kept me riveted throughout (tough to do).
Will definitely get the next book.