Wouldn’t It Be Deadly by D.E. Ireland was an impulse spend of Audible credits several months back. It is an impulse I deeply regret.
I adore My Fair Lady and was delighted at the prospect of a mystery featuring favorite characters. Instead, my ears were assaulted each moment I forced myself to continue listening to the story. I gave up around two and a half hours in and moved on to other titles in my Audible library.
Everything about the book felt forced, contrived, and convoluted. I hated Eliza from the moment the narrator opened her mouth and none of the other characters were any better.
The book may be better in the written format but I highly doubt that is possible given how poorly written the characters are. Any author who takes beloved characters and tries to craft new stories with these characters faces a daunting challenge. An author either succeeds or fails, or in this case two authors collaborating. Eliza isn’t likeable, she isn’t charming, Henry is a whiny, petulant bully. There was no character growth from the movie, just poor imitations that left a bad taste in my mouth.
One star out of five and the second book in the series has been removed from my Audible wish list.