When I look at the three audio books I've listened to so far in 2020 I see a theme I didn't realize I was tracking on: murder. I'm trying not to make that mean anything disturbing about this decade (haha).
While each of these books involves a murder, they each take a very different approach. The first is a carefully paced novel that reads like true crime, the second is a cat-and-mouse spy thriller, and the last is a young adult novel that reminds me of a popular podcast. More on each of these below.
I'm also loving my current audio book: The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré . The story is set in Nigeria, and thanks to narrator Adjoa Andoh's expressive voice I feel like the protagonist, fourteen-year-old Adunni, is telling me her story directly. We picked The Girl with the Louding Voice as one of our best books of February and while I started it in print, I'm so glad I decided to finish it on audio.
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
One of our picks for the best books of January, Long Bright River has many fans on the Amazon Books editorial team and beyond. A powerful story of two sisters, once close but in recent years living on two different sides of the law. Mickey is a police officer and her younger sister, Kasey, a drug addict and sometime prostitute. Kasey goes missing and women that fit her profile start showing up dead. The novel flips back and forth in time from the girls' childhood to present day, as Mickey digs into the investigation, always fearing that the next dead body will be Kasey. Moore gives readers--and listeners--a story that is a police procedural but also an examination of the opioid crisis, the plight of a city, and the enduring love of family.
The Other Woman by Daniel Silva
This is the third Daniel Silva novel I've listened to on audio and I love that the narrator is once again George Guidall, who does a masterful job of giving each character a distinct voice without sounding like bad acting (as sometimes happens...). The eighteenth novel featuring Israeli spy Gabriel Allon, The Other Woman places real life intelligence agent turned defector Kim Philby into a story of double agents, highly placed moles, and of course deep, dark, secrets of men, women, and country. The novel kicks off with a high speed chase, a murder, and a secret identity and I, for one, was sucked in right away. The Other Woman was published in 2018 and I'm really hoping 2020 brings a new Daniel Silva novel my way.
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
I know they're popular but for some reason I don't usually like a multi-cast audio book recording. That being said, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder is an exception. Maybe that's because the style of the narration reminded me a bit of the first season of the podcast Serial. The story centers around the disappearance and murder of a teenager named Andie five years before the book begins. Andie's boyfriend, Sal, had been the primary suspect and his suicide was interpreted as an admission of guilt. High school senior, Pip, has never believed that Sal killed Andie and decides to look into the case for a school project. As part of her investigation Pip conducts interviews with people related to the case, and on the audio these sound like a podcast happening in real time, which was really interesting. Lots of twists and surprises kept me on the edge of my seat, and I feel like the audio format worked really well with the story.
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