The troubling message from Serena Charters' late grandmother appears in a package containing four pages of a centuries-old illuminated manuscript - a strange inheritance that hides many secrets...and has already cost many lives. Seeking answers, Serena turns to Erik North of Rarities Unlimited, a reclusive manuscript appraiser with a passion for the past. Without warning they are thrust together into the center of a lethal firestorm that rages between two worlds - one long dead yet living on in an ancient text, the other chillingly alive and fraught with peril.
In the blink of an eye, Serena and Erik have become targets of an unseen and determined stalker as they get closer to shocking revelations about Serena's legacy, the cold murder of an eccentric old woman in the heat of the Mojave Desert...and just how far a remorseless killer is willing to go. And now their only slim hope of survival is to keep moving.
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stilted prose, stilted performance
I have listened to a number of books performed by Alyssa Bresnahan, and I've always liked her ... until now. Her reading of Moving Target is slow and cautious, infused with a gravity which the story does not call for.
BUT I could have gotten used to it (and have, in fact) if not for the contrived narrative. Simile after simile, one worse than the other. "The sky was as empty as a murderer's heart" or "Manhattan wrapped around the building like an anaconda", to name but two choice examples of too many.
The plot idea is not bad, and you get enough details of weaving, ancient manuscripts, and medieval art to make it interesting. Yet the incredibly stilted prose did not let me get close to any of the characters.
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