- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 31 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: January 26, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019G348RM
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Where It Hurts: The Gus Murphy Series, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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The author, Reed Coleman, is a very good writer and has created a that novel stands out in a very crowded genre. One thing that seems unique is that his protagonist, Gus Murphy, did not seem to have lapsed into alcoholism as a result of his plight. The other distinctive quality is the setting of the novel on Long Island, New York. He does not write about the familiar Gold Coast north shore, nor does he write about the East End enclaves of the rich and famous. Mr. Coleman has chosen to write about the grittier center of the Island in Suffolk County.
In writing about central Suffolk, Mr. Coleman risked limiting the appeal of his novel. For me though, as a lifelong resident of Long Island who currently resides in the area he writes about, this was a huge part of my enjoyment of the story. His descriptions are spot on, especially the opening scenes featuring our dreary winter weather. He obviously has lived here for a long time and certainly is able convey a sense of the local residents through small anecdotes and scenes. For this, alone, I nearly added another star to my rating.
The novel is not without its faults. I felt that Gus' seemingly endless internal dialog concerning the loss of his son is at odds with his development as a strong, self reliant, interesting pursuer of clues and suspects. We are reminded of Gus' life tragedies and victimhood at every turn in the novel and certainly on every page. This became monotonous and frustrating to me as a reader. I found myself muttering "we get it..." by page twenty. We Long islanders are not known for our patience.
All things considered, I enjoyed the novel and have recommended to friends and family. I would certainly seek out and purchase the next one in the series. My hope is that Mr. Coleman dispenses with Gus' tragedies early on and then gives us a plot that allows Gus to continue moving on with his life and developing as a true "Lawn Guy Land" character.
1 Star because he is Reed Farrel Coleman and 1 star because he actually got this published.
Reminds me all the way back to my years in Mastic Beach.