Author: David Baldacci
Narrator: Ron McLarity with Orlash Cassidy
Publisher: Hachette Audio, 2015
Format: 11 compact discs, 13.5 hours
Genre: mystery, crime fiction
Obtained: borrowed from friend
Synopsis: Amos Decker, a police detective, arrives home to find his family brutally murdered. Over a year later a man turns himself in to the police, confessing that he was the one who murdered Decker's family. Decker feels the need to meet this man and ends up getting himself involved in helping the police with another high profile investigation. Can Decker use his gifts to solve both of these crimes?
Thoughts: I listened to this book while doing mundane chores and driving. It kept me entertained and I enjoyed it. The story itself was not believable, and there was too much repetition at times, but it did hold my interest. There was a lot going on throughout the book which is a big plus to me. The author also gave details throughout the book which helped me to picture the story in my mind, along with the characters.
Although the main character was not exciting or charismatic, I liked that he was different- overweight, homeless, and couldn't forget anything due to a brain injury that occurred playing football. To be honest, it was hard to connect to him at first, but by the end I sort of liked him. The narrator did help to bring him to life. The other characters were interesting and I was pleased that the author gave the reader some of their stories, but I wanted to know more. This is the first in a series though, so maybe the author will share more about these characters in future books. I have actually started the second book, which I am, so far, enjoying even more than the first one.
I would definitely recommend this book to mystery / crime fiction lovers looking for a new series. I do have to say that some of the crimes are quite gruesome, so if this really bothers you, skip this one.
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Tea: Organic Super Ginger
Today I tried a caffeine free rooibos tisane- Organic Super Ginger from Davida Tea. The ingredients were ginger, green rooibos, black pepper, white pepper, pink peppercorn, and natural flavouring. The small, brown, thin leaves were combined with chunks of ginger and pink peppercorns. The scent of the dry tea was of ginger. I poured about a cup of water that had been boiled over approximately a teaspoon of tea and let this steep for five minutes. The liquid was yellowish brown and had a ginger scent to it. The taste was of ginger and spice, which balanced each other out resulting in a delicious tea. I could not taste the rooibos at all. This tea left a soothing tingly feeling in my throat and cleared my sinuses. This is a warming , comforting tea, that would definitely be good when fighting off a cold or the flu.