This week I finished reading Auditory Viewpoint by Lillian Melendez. A unique protagonist is found in Gloria, a blind woman. “Gloria Rank has lived her entire life in the dark. Blind since birth, she has made a name for herself as a respected talk radio show host in New Jersey. When her younger sister, Anna, has her identity stolen and a man is murdered outside her apartment, Anna becomes the prime suspect in an FBI investigation. But when bodies begin piling up around her, the FBI has to admit that she is being stalked by a murderer. With the FBI focused in the wrong direction, it is up to Gloria to teach Anna to use her other senses–hearing, touch, taste, and smell–which she never really had to completely rely on before to help uncover a ring of identity thieves and stop the killer from taking her life, and perhaps Gloria’s as well!
Their only hope for survival is an experiment in perception that will unearth heartbreaking secrets and catapult Gloria into a darkness of the heart beyond any that she has ever known.” One of the reasons I offered to read and review this book is because the main character is from New Jersey – like me! Much of the book took place in NJ and in New York City – during Thanksgiving, which was funny since I read it over Thanksgiving! While the concept of a stalker who also steals people’s identities is interesting, I found the writing of the story to be far less than perfect. The dialogue was awkward and I felt like the book could have used a total editing job. Also, the main characters’ ability to catch the identity thefts was far too simple and unrealistic. So, while the concept of this book was a good one, I didn’t find the writing compelling enough to make it work for me.
If you are interested in this book, the author is currently having a giveaway via goodreads for both this and her previous novel, Dismantling Vindictiveness!
I received this book in exchange for my review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
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