Each short story takes on a life of as it own as the people become obsessed with something in their lives or trapped by it. I will admit that I felt the first story was a bit slow, but the stories evolve even though the characters are propelled not by choice but compulsion.
It is an incredible compilation of true stories on subjects like Sherlock Holmes, fire forensics, architeuthis, and 9/11.
I listened to this as an audiobook on long car trips back and forth between Canada. It is perfect for listening to.