This is one of those stories that winds around the historical events occurring in Ireland in the 70's and 80's. The combination of the times mixed with a convoluted, mesmerizing story was riveting. Great characters...great narration. I felt like I was there.
Loved this book, the characters and narration...sense of place (Northern Ireland during the Troubles) was great! Off to find book #2!
the book is actually well written. The characters are interesting but not overly so. The problem is the plot. It just plods along. I really had to struggle to finish it. certainly not a book I couldn't put down.
Set in 1981 Belfast the historical background added an excellent dimension and credibility to the characters and story. Some interesting social issues peak out in subplots, thankfully neither heavy handed or preachy. Fascinating tale.
The performance was great, but the overall story was simply okay. I often lost my interest and had to pause the book and go back because my mind had wandered. However, I wouldn't say it's a bad book not worth listening to. I would recommend it if you are a huge fan of murder mysteries and are heavily in to that genre.
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I found it a bit difficult to get into the intricacies of the plot, but this could be because this is not generally a genre that I listen to often. That said, the combination of the politics and culture is a fascinating backdrop and the main character is well-drawn, making me want to read the next book in this series. The narrator's accent works perfectly and, though he tends to be a bit dry at times, I personally appreciate his style since the overly-dramatic styles of some narrators would have been distracting during the dramatic scenes of this book. His rather droll manner suits the ironic attitudes of the characters.