I loved the parallel between Monk's trying to find out the man he was behind his face and the man Gray was behind his (brutally murdered) face.
I was a bit surprised they chose a female narrator to read a book nearly 90% peopled by men. At first, I did not care for her at all, but I will admit she grew on me.
I'm a big fan of Anne Perry's writing, especially her "Charlotte & Thomas Pitt" series, so I thought I'd also try this series. I very much enjoyed this book, also, and I plan to continue the series. The only SLIGHT negative for me was that, at various points in the story, I found myself asking, "why doesn't he just TELL this person that he was in an accident and has amnesia?" But I realize that Perry was trying to explore the difficulties that would arise if a person did not know. At any rate, it's a good listen. Davina Porter is, as usual, a fantastic narrator!
I enjoy a variety of books including mysteries, historical fiction as well as young adult and children's literature. Listening to books gives me the ability to "read" in the car as well as the evening as a nightcap before bed.
Many of the characters in this mystery were easy to like. The mystery itself is a rather predictable format with a predictable resolution but fun to read non the less. I definitely will look for other books by this author when I want a pleasurable light mystery.
I am so pleased when I find a mystery that holds my interest and keeps me guessing...I'm very pleased after finishing this one.
I’ve loved Ms. Perry’s Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, so after running out of stories.. I decided to try the William Monk series. I’m glad I did!
Ms. Perry is a consummate Victorian era Mystery writer. Mr. Monk though, gives us a new twist! He is handicapped with amnesia! Throughout this first book, I’m amazed at how vividly Ms. Perry describes the confusion, anguish, and fear that flows through Mr. Monk as he tries to act as if nothing is wrong. He struggles through his Police Inspector’s job on instinct.. but, it seems that his instincts haven’t forgotten! Now, if only Mr. Monk would start to trust them!
She gives us a unique look at introspection at its most poignant. We see how events, and our memory of them, shape our lives and personalities. Imagine having a clean slate and being able to start over.. but no one else does! I’m sure there is a psychological dissertation in there somewhere! But, Ms. Perry is such a great writer that we’re led through all the mind’s contortions and feel as if we’re right there with Mr. Monk.
And, it is a great mystery, too!
I love Ms. Porter’s narrating and am very glad to see the Perry/Porter team still intact!
I very much enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to everyone!
We loved how the character discovered himself through the book. As he was searching for clues for the mystery, he was looking for clues to find out who he was, and realizing that he hadn't been the man that he wanted to be. It is a study in character, personality and being true to the real you inside, all set a foggy Dickens' era London. Davina Porter's narration is what brought me to this book, and I loved every minute.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. I especially like Davina Porter, in fact, she is why I bought this in the first place. But the mystery of the book was really great as well and, although, suspecting 'whodunnit' several times, I was still surprised how it all came together in the end.
I am new to the Monk series. What a treat. And I LOVE Davina Porter. She is so talented. The way she manipulates her voice, masters subtle accents, and gently tells a story is just brillant. Anne Perry serves up fascinating characters, psychological twists, and a duo of likeable protaganists. Have already downloaded the next two books in the series. Shamelessly hooked.
The idea that our detective has amnesia and is struggling to uncover details about his own life and get to know himself while he is uncovering details and getting to know the victim. The way these "investigations" mirror each other. When Monk reflects on the emptiness of only seeing the outcomes of elements in his life (the way he dresses, his ambition, his relationships) without having any understanding of the motives and drivers behind them. Not only is his memory lost, but the very essence of what make him him is lost, and his trying to figure it out by seeing himself reflected in the attitudes and behaviors of others toward him. Very powerful.
When Monk revists the crime scence later in the book and is galvanized by the sight of the walking stick in the stand. Up to that point, I had thought that maybe his "flashbacks" and emotional responses to the crime scene where almost a psychic talent brought about by his accident and that that would be a part of his character. At that point, both he and the reader began to realize that his involvement in the crime is very real and, ironically, he begans to hide his secrets more and more just as he is uncovering the victim's secrets.
I will and have listened to this story more than once. She is a great story teller and the Monk series is very good. As is the Pitt Series too,
I really liked the way the author takes you through the experience of losing your memory and slowly trying to put the pieces together.
Davina Porter is my favorite reader. She does accents and voices so well you can tell who the character it as she reads the story and recognize them as the book progresses.
I'm seen too many movies made from excellent books and the film rarely does the book justice.
The narrator davina porter is excellent.story is great and characters are rich
I will listen to all of this authors books available on audio