It's always nice to open your email and find a free audiobook! That's what happened when I received Deadly Messengers, by Susan May. I met May via Goodreads.com and a co-author and book blogger, Mind Xing. Sadly, I wasn't able to download the book, but later, I was rewarded with the audio recording. Always nice!
So the thriller, Deadly Messengers is about a man set on revenge. Something tragic happened to him, causing him to lose someone he loved. His only way was to send a message to the world, using people and a powder called the Zombie Drug. Because of his determination, he used others to carry a message. One that tore apart families, friendships and everyone's sense of safety and security. How could the police stop him when the people who were committing the atrocities weren't in any way connected to him? Would they ever stop him, or would he continue to use strangers to carry out his deadly message...
I really want to say this book was amazing. I want to tell you that it was full of surprises and kept me on my toes the entire time. I can not. I can say it was an interesting story. I can say that it was creative and very different, making the tale a psychological thriller.
Let's do this like so: What I enjoyed about the story was Trip. He was a good cop, probably the most normal of anyone in the story. He was likable and smiled a lot. He carried no luggage and was who he was. What I did n't like: Everyone carried black baggage! Kendall, our heroine, was an over-eager child, looking to work a story that was nowhere in her field! She was manipulative and, in my opinion, should have died like the others. O'Grady was callous and insensitive, making himself a very waspish guy- how the formation of an odd-sort of love story with the two of them was obtuse.
Also, I understand how the story was of a psychological nature- people's heads were being messed with, emotionally and actually! But as for the thriller portion, I knew who the killer was as soon as they started in on our first actual suspect! It was given away and I don't quite understand that. It normally doesn't happen! I am used to following bread crumbs and sometimes being guided in the wrong direction. Everything placed me at the killer's front door. The method of the story was off and it bothered me. Once I knew for sure who was orchestrating it all, I really didn't want to go further. I only finished the story because I was walking and I listen to books when I walk! That's not good.
Also, there wasn't a lot of description. I know the author is from Australia, but the story was in the US I believe. I can't remember, but I I have no clue where they were. Also, had I not looked up Mark Ruffalo, I wouldn't have had a clue as to what O'Grady even looked like! I saw Kendall as just another pretty blonde, because not much was stated on her other than her athletic build, blue-grey eyes and golden hair. I couldn't see these people! None of them, so I didn't really care.
It's sad- I think this could have been so much better. I like guessing in the "Who dun nit" game, but I don't like when I win from the very start. Let me guess and re-guess a little. I wanna doubt myself and even be wrong! This one didn't do much for me but it was a pleasant read for a while. Next story! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*Six of Crows is next.
**Audiobook provided by Susan May & Audible.com, for an honest review.
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