The Next To Die by Kevin O'Brien
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Narrator: Joe Barrett
Length: 12 hours and 3 minutes
on August 2, 2016
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Reading Challenges: 2017 Audiobook Challenge, Blogger Shame Review Challenge
Everyone has something to hide . . . The virile, all-American husband. The brainy golden girl. The happily wed bi-coastal couple. Someone is watching . . . Someone who has uncovered their darkest secrets. Someone who is hell-bent on making them pay for their sins. No one suspects the truth . . . Now there is no escaping the shadowy jury that watches their every move. Infiltrates every part of their lives. Stalking. Judging. Condemning. Punishment will be swift, severe, and final.
What really grabbed my attention about The Next To Die was its synopsis. I am a serious sucker for mystery thriller stories in audio that leave me guessing until the very end, and that was the vibe that the synopsis gave me. The crazy thing is, the story delivered on the mystery part, but throughout its story I felt like I was listening to a Gregory Peck like mystery movie.
The Next to Die’s tone was not how I imagined it would be based off its synopsis. It seriously had the feel of an old mystery/thriller set in 1950s and while there’s nothing wrong with that I just had a hard time falling into the story. This, though, could’ve either fallen to the narration (even though I think Joe Barrett did a good job acting out the story), or the actual writing of the story (even though the writing style was very believable and engaging). I don’t know, it could very well have been a mix between the two.
What I found myself liking about The Next to Die as a whole was the different yet connected storylines for all the different characters. The mystery was really intriguing and the characters were so unique that you both don’t know who to root for and who not to get too attached to.
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