Title: Dirty Secret
Author: Rhys Ford
Narrator:: Greg Tremblay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 8 Hours, 4 Minutes
Rating: 5 Stars
Blurb: Loving Kim Jae-Min isn’t always easy: Jae is gun-shy about being openly homosexual. Ex-cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis doesn’t know any other way to be. Still, he understands where Jae is coming from. Traditional Korean men aren’t gay-at least not usually where people can see them.
But Cole can’t spend too much time unraveling his boyfriend’s issues. He has a job to do. When a singer named Scarlet asks him to help find Park Dae-Hoon, a gay Korean man who disappeared nearly two decades ago, Cole finds himself submerged in the tangled world of rich Korean families, where obligation and politics mean sacrificing happiness to preserve corporate empires. Soon the bodies start piling up without rhyme or reason. With every step Cole takes toward locating Park Dae-Hoon, another person meets their demise-and someone Cole loves could be next on the murderer’s list.
Review: It’s an absolute pleasure when an audio book exceeds my expectations.
Rhys Ford has done it again when it comes to leaving one guessing until the very end about “who’s doing it”. I absolutely adore a writer who can suck me into their world not only when reading Dirty Secret but also captivating me a second time with the audio version of the book. She remains one of my top five all time favorite mystery authors.
Starting off with the first chapter, I loved Cole’s tongue-in-cheek humor as be describes what’s happening across the street while parked on a stake out, watching a sex shop with his brother Mike. Without giving anything away, let’s just say my cheeks were hurting from all the grinning that was happening while I was driving. (It’s funny how nice other drivers are when they see you smiling, and they don’t realize that you’re listening to an audio book.)
Greg Tremblay is Cole McGinnis! Since there’s seemingly no rush to make a movie of Dirty Secret, this audio version is, by far, the best route to my imagination, and to how the scenes should play out. Mr. Tremblay also gets a well done for Jae’s fabulous voice characterization, as well as his narration of the secondary voices. I’d also like to add that there were parts of the story that had me sad, tense, shocked, amazed, and, at one point, gagging. Sorry, I’m a sympathetic vomiter. Even though it was funny as all hell, Rhys and Greg, you did too good a job of describing that particular part of the story.
I love both the book and audio versions of Dirty Secret, but I truly enjoyed Greg’s performance. Bravo! ::hand clapping to a standing ovation::
I’d rather give the audio version of Dirty Secret a 10 Star rating, but I’ll have to settle for a 5 Star rating instead.
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