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Honestly this is the first book of it's genre I've enjoyed in a long time. Nate Russo is a wonderfully written character. Plus!! Joshua Jackson narrating is surprisingly perfect. I really hope there are more books in this series and with Jackson as the reader.
I really loved this Audible original. It's free with membership at the time I'm writing (Oct 2021) so all you're gambling with is your time, and for me it was time well-spent.
My first impression of Joshua Jackson as the narrator was "Geez, this guy doesn't give a crap about reading this book, " and I almost turned it off. But folks, he's an actor*, a very good one, and he's ACTING. The main character is hurting, jaded, hating himself and the world more than a little.
* The actor Joshua Jackson is known for Fringe, The Affair, Little Fires Everywhere, Cruel Intentions, The Skulls, Dawson's Creek -- just a few highlights.
He's working with the FBI as a "psychic" so his every day work involves pretty much everyone making fun of him, trivializing his work, disparaging the Bureau for working with him. He's miserable. But he has a supernatural talent of being able to see the last few minutes of a person's life, and that leads to tracking down a diabolical killer... and when your work is trying to save lives, you drag yourself through the muck to get it done.
He hates his "powers" ... Every single case involves working closely with grieving family, and that's awkward, painful, soul-killing. His FBI partner ("his babysitter") is pretty sure she was assigned to him because she's a woman who speaks her mind, and is being shunted off to the side.
All in all it's a terrific crime thriller, not for the faint of heart, but an exciting binge. Thanks Audible!
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2021
Nate Russo, a man with psychic abilities, has been working with the FBI on a series of women and girls who have gone missing and been found buried alive. He pays a very high price for this gift - he feels everything the victim feels. The search for this killer has led Nate back home, to Johnstown, New York, where he first received his "gift" from the spirit living in his house that he calls "The Boneman." In order to save the latest victim, Nate must come face to face with The Boneman.
I will be honest and admit that what originally caught my eye was the fact that Joshua Jackson was the narrator. Like most women my age, I spent time watching Dawson's Creek and was a huge Pacey fan. All that being said, Josh did a great job narrating the story and making you feel that Nate's gift wasn't all it was cracked up to be. I would gladly listen to other books narrated by Josh.
Oracle was a well-told story that always kept me guessing. There were many times where Nate believed he knew who the killer was only to discover that The Boneman had made it look that way. I was not expecting the ending and really enjoyed the twist. I would gladly read another Andrew Pyper thriller.
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2021
I loved the narration of this story more than the actual story itself. I didn't like the ending and it left me with too many questions. A chilling tale about the bone man and all those he visited. The tale of a serial murderer doing the work for the bone man. Interesting concept but a little flat on the story. There weren't really any characters I really liked or disliked. I hand higher hopes based on the description of the book.
This book is a perfect case study in how someone can be a technically competent writer but a poor storyteller. The main character basically retcons for eight solid hours. Also, shame on the editor for not fixing problems with tense and repetition. If not for the famous narrator I'd have taken this for a self-published work.