"Read Brookmyre's other novels first."
To fully appreciate this you need to have already read/listened to, the previous novels featuring Simon Darcourt.
"Brookmyre at his best"
So often a sequel disappoints. This builds on the characters and has a truly inspired sense of humour, black but not too black, a bit off kilter but not twisted. A great plot that keeps the attention and characters you can relate to. Thoroughly recommended.
"As per usual fantastic!"
As a long time fan of the author, I have enjoyed every one of his books to date. My only complaint is the obsession with body fluids!
"get past the first 45 minutes!!"
I would have given this book 5 stars if it wasn't for the first 45 minutes. I thought I had missed a huge chunk of the book out, I really couldn't get into it and very nearly gave up. My brother who recommended this author had said how good he was so I persevered - and was very glad I had! there are a lot of good plot twists and the characters are really well portrayed. Definately worth listening past the first 45 minutes! I will have to listen to it again to see why I didn't get it the first time.
My expectations were high for this book, as I have long been a fan of Christopher Brookmyer, but it was a huge disappointment. The plot is extremely clever, and the story contains surprising twists, hence the two stars, but I actually found myself wishing I had bought an abridged version of the book. I felt that Brookmyer was so keen to let the reader know his views on the shallow nature of today's Celebrity culture which, I totally agree, blights our society, that he kept thumping the reader over the head with them. The smug 'yes, isn't everybody stupid?' prose eventually began to grate to such an extent that I wanted to reach for the TV remote and switch on 'X Factor'.
The excessive padding to the story line detracted from, what should have, been an entertaining read.
Perhaps Brookmyer was being paid by the word for this one?
I thought this had some really good bits but overall it wasn't for me. It was a silly,daft,complicated,convoluted plot that was hard to follow and although I am not a prude by any means, I didn't much like the language but maybe it was because I just thought the baddie was just so unbelievable it was unnecessary. Won't be listening to another by this author. Just not quite right somehow and I could wait to get it finished and not because I was gripped by it, I just wanted it to end.
Not unless someone really recommended it
Nothing particular. I don't particularly like the scottish accent so I would probably avoid him in future
No..I just wanted to rush on and get it finished