A retired university professor has just been diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease. Returning home from the doctor's office, he witnesses a pretty young girl being kidnapped. Believing the police are dragging their feet, he vows to find her on his own. He knows that if he doesn't act, she may never be found alive.
Jennifer Riggins, the kidnapped girl, is being held prisoner by a depraved couple who have started an exclusive website called What Comes Next. Viewers can watch her terrifying ordeal in real time, and thousands tune in for each episode of her ongoing nightmare. Jennifer has been renamed "Number Four". Her life is just beginning, and her only hope is a man whose life is nearing its end.
©2010 John Katzenbach. Recorded by arrangement with John Hawkins and Associates, Inc. (P)2012 HighBridge Company
"An impressively powerful and emotional thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
Brilliant idea with some very clever tricks but I was left disappointed and felt a great opportunity was missed. The author lacked the courage of his convictions and this left a great plot sadly lacking in tension or fear. I can see the idea was to get the reader/listener to imagine the tension but the way the story unfolded dismantled that and left me thinking yes there was a crime and yes it was nasty but was it a step beyond the norm? no.
I think part of the problem was it was just too long and the action, such as there was, was just to spread out for my taste.
Having said that the use of enhanced memories of people from Adrian’s past was both clever and original helping the story greatly. And as a main character Adrian was highly likeable and believable.
The “What comes Next” web site was not believable, the notion that people would pay the implied huge fees to watch what unfolds is just not credible and that students could afford it also lacked credence
So for me a lost opportunity for a very clever story line
But then I seem to be in a minority based on other reviews
"One of a kind!! A great story full of surprises -"
This is a most unusual hero and certainly this author is on my watch list now. I hope he is still writing and that the story is not based upon any true experiences or family history. The story and the characters never bored and often went in directions no other author that I've read has the courage to draw his characters. This book is one that as a story I really enjoyed - but also as an author, I see that successful stories can take most unusual trails. Oh so well done!
His performance was great. He used tone and cadence to portray one character or another - and this made his female, male young and old reasonable voices. He didn't make the females sound like a guy in drag as some do to let you know it is the female. Of course this means the story flowed and was consistent even though unpredictable.
I couldn't stop listening to the book (no thanks to the narrator!) and listened to it 4 hours at a time. I loved how you were in vested in the characters and were rooting for them. The story was great even though the narrator was annoying!
I really disliked this narrator! I though he sounded like the narrator on the old Bullwinkle cartoons. It just sounded over the top and ridiculous. And his women's voices were like fingernails on a chalkboard. I will avoid listening to him in the future!
"a fall from great heights"
John Katzenbach has fallen from his successes like Hart's War and The Analyst. An overly theatrically told story from a dated mind is only compounded by the narrator, who imposes none of the menace that made katzenbachs earlier books so good.
"I liked it despite the narrator"
It kept me listening as I wanted to find out what came next in the story's What Comes Next plot.
I did not like his voices for this story at all. I hope the author changes the narrator for his next book.
"I Loved this book, even the ending."
It kept you going wanting to know what was going to happen..
The old man, and his dead relatives.
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