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Zero Days by Ruth Ware
Narrator: Imogen Church
Published by Scout Press, Simon & Schuster Audio on June 20, 2023
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 12 hours, 30 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Hired by companies to break into buildings and hack security systems, Jack and her husband, Gabe, are the best penetration specialists in the business. But after a routine assignment goes horribly wrong, Jack arrives home to find her husband dead. To add to her horror, the police are closing in on their suspect—her.
For this author, I don’t even read the blurb; I just auto read her books. That said, Zero Days was in line with my interests with security, tech, IT and modern computer jobs. There was suspense and a mystery to solve throughout with a deep worry for Jack.
Jack and her husband, Gabe are testers for security systems at companies. Jack does the physical work of breaking in, or finding open doors or windows, following people into places or pretending to be a delivery person. Gabe does all the computer testing. He is on earbuds with her and often provides information about the floor plan or sometimes is able to hack electronic door systems.
Jack is caught at her car after the last job and questioned by police. She can’t reach Gabe or the people who hired them. Eventually, she is allowed to go home near dawn, only to find Gabe murdered. This begins her quest to find his killer. The police, unfortunately, are always after the spouse and have decided to arrest her even though she cooperated when exhausted with no sleep. She ends up on the run, not knowing how to solve who killed him.
Jack is physical and saavy at hiding, and knowledgeable enough about tech to not let the police catch her with cameras, phones or other methods. Slowly, she collects information to catch the killer. She gets a bit of help from her sister and Gabe’s best friend.
Jack really puts herself in danger as she is injured in an early dive over a fence. Then she falls for someone pretending to be her sister. She tries for help to get the last piece to the puzzle and is smart enough to avoid a trap. But she still is in horrid shape when she finally figures out everything.
Initially, it was slow with the grief and the running without any ideas. The running got more difficult and required more strategy and when Jack started to make progress on the investigation it was a race to the finish. I really enjoyed this exciting set of capers. I was thoroughly disgusted with the cops just taking the easy route and not really investigating.
This narrator is often the one for this author’s books. I ‘m not knowledgeable about different inflections and dialects but the voices felt authentic. I thought the male and female voices were comfortable. We are totally in Jack’s point of view so that was a fit as well. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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