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The Whisper

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Romantic Suspense Book by Carla Neggers
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Nice Setting. Suspense: not so much

  • Nov 5, 2010
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I received this book for review and here's my take on it:

Briefly, it's a tale of a find by archeologist Sophie Malone and her encounter with Boston detective "Scoop" Wisdom who is convinced Sophie is not telling all she knows. As events begin to unfold, it becomes clearer that there might be a connection to Sophie's scare, some missing artifacts and a bomb plot that nearly cost Scoop his life. They must join sides to uncover the mystery.

As an Irish travel guide and one familiar with West Cork, Kerry and Kenmare, I was prepared to like the book based solely on the setting. That it was a romantic suspense penned by a well-known author in the genre was an added bonus, however, I found it tough reading for a number of reasons. First, I did not know this was a fourth book in a series, so the plethora of characters from previous books had my head spinning. Way too many characters who got in the way of Scoop's and Sophie's story and who seemed peripheral to the mystery of this book. The constant jumping between Kenmare, Boston and Dublin made it difficult to follow the story because it seemed like different sets of characters were all doing things that were only loosely related to the main plot. I never did learn what Will Davenport's, Simon's or Myles' roles were in relation to the main plot; in fact, I wondered what the main plot actually was. Was it what Sophie found on the island? What Keira saw? How did these incidents relate to Norman Estabrook, the man who died in prison or to Scoop's brush with death? And what was Lizzie's purpose to the plot? Why the references to Abigail Browning since she is never onstage? All these characters and all these questions. As for Kenmare, I would like to have read more detail so I actually felt the characters were in Kenmare. Ms. Neggers' description was pretty generic. I don't know of a pub that close to the Kenmare pier, and as for the pier, it's small, antiquated, and with maybe five or six boats moored at any given time.

The story is more mystery than romance, though Scoop and Sophie share a moment of intimacy, however, the mystery builds slowly up to the last quarter of the book. Why Sophie can't discuss what she saw on the island is a mystery to me; I kept waiting for something bigger to be happening. When finally it does, it came out of nowhere, because the reader had no lead-in. And the villain's modus operandi seemed contrived.

I wondered why many characters were described as having West Cork accents since they were in County Kerry.

To Ms. Neggers' credit, her (Sophie's) descriptions of early Celtic artifacts and customs was well done.

I feel I would have appreciated the book more if I had read the prequels and had an understanding of how each character was relevant to which portion of the plot. As it was, I found myself wanting to skip large chunks of the story.

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