My least favorite of the three storylines, the mystery is still engaging and fast paced, but I found the ending was anti-climactic and a bit disappointing. Charlie is again hosting an hour show, this time it is for Father’s Day. As these stories tend to work with a theme, today we are dealing with the father-son relationship.
Charlie’s own relationship with his father is fractured, and his own personal insights into the topic are slowly coming forward, until he gets an email with a specific plan: the author is planning to kill his family, and Charlie and Nova need to do what they can to get help and stop the event.
Daniel Maté again manages to infuse the tension and emotion that highlight the host’s thoughts as he works to relate to the troubled listeners. As always, he makes some good and some not so great decisions on his way to sorting out the problem: but the intentions from Charlie are always to help. This does go a long way to not finding him removed and difficult, as he so often claims to be.
With a race to the solution and resolution, this story proceeds quickly with little to no respite in the action- readers have to read / listen on – because you are invested. Perhaps in the actual storyline, or just in Charlie – but the desire to know what happens next is there. While it wasn’t my favorite that was simply the topic: I was as determined to know if the murders were stopped before they could happen.
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 5 Story: 4
Title: The Shadow Killer
Author: Gail Bowen
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Narrator: Daniel Maté
Published by: Post Hypnotic Press
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 1 Hour: 21 minutes
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It's Father's Day weekend--a tough time for Charlie D, host of a late-night radio call-in show that offers supportive advice to troubled listeners. For years Charlie has been alienated from his father--a retired politician who was always too busy for his son when Charlie was growing up. The trouble is, his dad has chosen this weekend to attempt to reconcile with his son. Charlie is not keen to forgive. But Charlie's personal issues suddenly seem mundane when an email arrives from a young listener that outlines his very specific plans to kill not just his father but his entire family. The deeply troubled boy could be anywhere, and Charlie has just two hours to discover his identity and stop him from murder.
A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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