Tuesday, October 20, 2020

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ Danger in Plain Sight by Burt Weissbourd


Danger in Plain Sight
A Callie James Thriller
By: Burt Weissbourd
Narrated by: Marnye Young

It took 14 years to construct a safe world for her and her son - and only one night for her ex to unravel it.

Celebrated Seattle restaurateur Callie James is more than a little thrown when her ex-husband, French investigative reporter Daniel Odile-Grand, shows up after 14 years asking for her help. Even more disturbing: As she throws him out, Daniel is deliberately hit by a car, hurled through the front window of her restaurant - broken, bloody, and unconscious. He flees from the hospital and breaks into Callie’s apartment, where he passes out. Reluctantly, Callie hides him. When she gets back to her restaurant, two assassins walk in, insisting that she find Daniel for them by tonight or pay the consequences.

Overwhelmed and hopelessly out of her depth, Callie hires the only man she knows who can help her: Cash Logan, her former bartender, a man she had arrested for smuggling ivory through her restaurant two years earlier, and who still hasn’t forgiven her.

The assassins blow up her restaurant. It’s Callie’s nightmare. And the worst is yet to come as she and her unlikely, incompatible ally discover that the most perilous dangers are far closer to home than they’d imagined.

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Momma Says: 2 stars⭐⭐

Despite plenty of action and a narrator who creates a tone of excitement, danger, and urgency, I had a hard time with Danger in Plain Sight. There's a good plot and some great twists, but the pacing is greatly impacted by info dumps with every new character and descriptions that were actually too descriptive at times - and that's something I don't often say. Usually, I'm all about an author painting a picture with their words so that I'm transported to the where and when of the story. In this case, though, those detailed descriptions go a bit overboard, and I feel like this one could've done with a bit of restraint now and then. The narrator, Marnye Young, does a good job, and if the story weren't so bogged down in lengthy descriptions, the combination of a complex storyline and the excitement Young puts into her voice would've made for a gripping listen. As it stands, the story loses its edge too many times, and it was hard to stick with it. 

❃❃Audiobook provided by NetGalley and Blue City Press

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