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Monday, August 11, 2014

Phantom Instinct by Meg Gardiner (Audio & Kindle)

Phantom Instinct by Meg Gardiner
My Rating:  3 of 5 Stars

Title:  Phantom Instinct
Author:  Meg Gardiner
Narrator:  Angela Brazil
Series:  Stand Alone
Length:  Unabridged; 12 hours, 25 minutes (Audio); 368 pages (Kindle)
Publisher:  Blackstone Audio (Audio)Dutton Adult (Kindle)
Published:  June 26, 2014
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss & Audiobook Jukebox
Format:  Audiobook & Kindle
Genres:  Fiction; Suspense; Mystery
Subjects:  Murder/Investigation; Ex-Police; Brain Damage

In Edgar Award-winning author Meg Gardiner's new stand-alone thriller, an injured cop and an ex-thief hunt down a killer nobody else believes exists.
When shots ring out in a crowded Los Angeles club, bartender Harper Flynn watches helplessly as her boyfriend, Drew, is gunned down in the crossfire. Then somebody throws a Molotov cocktail, and the club is quickly engulfed in flames. LA Sheriff Deputy Aiden Garrison sees a gunman in a hoodie and gas mask taking aim at Harper, but before he can help her a wall collapses, bringing the building down and badly injuring him.
A year later, Harper is trying to rebuild her life. She has quit her job and gone back to college. Meanwhile, the investigation into the shoot-out has been closed. The two gunmen were killed when the building collapsed.
Certain that a third gunman escaped and is targeting the survivors, Harper enlists the help of Aiden Garrison, the only person willing to listen. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered has cut his career short and left him with Fregoli syndrome, a rare type of face blindness that causes the delusion that random people are actually a single person changing disguises.
As Harper and Aiden delve into the case, Harper realizes that her presence during the attack was no coincidence - and that her only ally is unstable, mistrustful of her, and seeing the same enemy everywhere he looks.
©2014 Meg Gardiner (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

My Review:
First off, I must start out with saying that I would have definitely have given this book a solid 3.5 rating (however, that I cannot do that on Goodreads!)  I did like this book, it just did not end up being one of my absolute favorites!!

I had both an audio version and a kindle version to review, and I must say that I liked the kindle version slightly better than the audio version because it was a little hard to follow on audio.  Nonetheless, the narrator, Angela Brazil, did a good job with the narration of this story.  There was just such extensive dynamics included in the story that made it more difficult to follow while listening.  I found that by reading, I was able to follow it a little easier.

This was my first Meg Gardiner book and it certainly won't be my last.  I think that her writing is imaginative and creative.  I found the story line to be unique, unlike any other story that I have ever read, and that, is probably my favorite thing about the book.  I also thought that it was quite suspenseful, and from the beginning, I never would have guessed the outcome! 

The book was full of many diverse characters that kept me wildly entertained while reading and listening. Something seemed to keep me pulling for Harper!  

Overall, I did like this book.  I wouldn't classify it as a favorite of mine, but I certainly wouldn't discount this author and will absolutely pick up the next book of hers that peaks my interest. 





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Disclaimer:  This book was provided to me by the Publisher(s), Blackstone Audio, via Audiobook Jukebox, and Dutton Adult, via Edelweiss, in return for an honest and unbiased review.



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