Mark Twain wrote: I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
Category: Psychological Thriller
Average Rating: 2.0
A single dad leaves his daughter in the hands of a trusted relative. Now, both are missing.
Three years after his wife's death, Marcus reluctantly returns to the shark-tank world of dating. The evening has exceeded all expectations: interesting conversation with an attractive woman, excellent food, and first-rate wine. Life is good again. What Marcus doesn't know is that his nanny has just abducted his 11-year-old daughter...to Russia.
Marcus' live-in nanny is his ex-sister-in-law, a survivor of war crimes in her homeland Chechnya. Soon, Kamila's lingering trauma and desire for revenge will drive her along a path of deceit that threatens to shred the fabric of her family. Marcus and his longtime friend and newfound romantic interest, Stormy, pursue Kamila to Moscow, across the Russian countryside, and eventually into the heart of rebel territory controlled by Kamila's father.
Standing between Marcus and Alyssa are corrupt embassy staff, Chechen rebel fighters, and the Russian army. Will Marcus and Stormy find Alyssa before Kamila gives in to her darkest thoughts? What drives Kamila's deep-seated hatred of Marcus?
The only likable characters in this psychological thriller are Alyssa, and to a lesser degree, Stormy. Marcus is too hot-headed and Kamila's motives don't make a bit of sense. But the biggest Problem I have with this story is the inconsistent treatment of the language barrier. At one point, the language barrier prevents them from communicating, yet later, they're carrying on a conversation in the foreign language. The story is far too contrived to be believable.
Neal Arango's performance is satisfactory, although the slight echo in the studio makes the production seem a little unprofessional. He does give distinctive voices to the characters.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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