What would you do if you received a letter with nothing on it but the names of nine people you don’t know, yours included? You’d probably ignore it as most on that list did…until two of those people are murdered. FBI Agent Jessica Winslow begins to investigate as her name is also on that list and the bureau arranges protection for the remaining people. It’s not easy locating everyone as Jessica and her team struggle to find the thread that connects everyone.
the heart of the story…
One of the things I most enjoyed about this story was how everyone starts from nothing but that sheet of paper and the format used to introduce all those appearing on that list. Nine distinct and unconnected characters can be hard to remember but the list of names is repeated at the beginning of each chapter on the audio version. It didn’t take long for me to remember them as they’re given shape, form and dimension. As the story evolved, I was able to get a sense of what might be going on but was never really certain until close to the reveal. It didn’t matter because I was so intrigued by everything and figuring out the underlying reason why was just one element of my interest.
Even though there are two narrators, Jacques Roy carries most of the weight for the entire story. At first I was unsure about his choice to not provide distinction for any of the characters but as things progressed, I loved that decision. It allowed me to pay attention to the characters’ stories without influence and Roy’s soft tone and evenness throughout made this a great listening experience. Mark Bramhall was also perfect for his role.
the bottom line…
This was clever on all levels and I love clever. From how the book is segmented to the character designs throughout the outcome, I couldn’t stop listening and my mind was constantly spinning. Each of the characters chose to manage the threat differently, even though the threat was the same for all of them. It was a reminder of the great diversity of thought and behavior and how we’re not a monolithic society. I loved the story, every bit of the journey and the listening experience.
- Release Date: March 12, 2022
- Narrators: Jacques Roy & Mark Bramhall
- Audio Length: 7 hours, 11 minutes
- Publisher: HarperAudio
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(Thanks to HarperAudio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)