Love Simon Vance, but hadn't read anything by this author before. Liked the reviews and so gave it a go... Loved it, well written storyline with twists but not too many that u can't keep track of. Vance just gets u so into the story and the characters it makes for good times. Definitely recommend and will try more from this author.
I really liked Safe House. It has a sombre, somewhat depressive mood that is very, very different from the flip tone of Chris Ewan's "Good Thief" books. But the tone is appropriate to this story of a man recovering from a mysterious accident while also investigating the mysterious death of his sister. There's a good amount of action and while the story contains elements (and coincidences!) common to many thrillers, the story still manages to seem fresh and plausible. Everyone feels real and their actions/thoughts are both believable and relatable. Nicely narrated, as ever, but Simon Vance.
Ever since a childhood hiding under the covers of my bed with a flashlight... The quest for the next adventure continues unabated.
The narrator was excellent. He truly conveyed the unique personalities and hidden agendas of the various characters via his accents, menacing tones, sense of fear, confusion, and the various complex relationships between the characters. It was an engrossing tale, as the protagonist is pulled deeper and deeper into a web of deceit and varying levels of manipulation where nothing is as it initially seems. The characters are very well developed and relationships fleshed out. The ending is satisfying and enables the characters (and reader) that some justice
Yes. Lots of twists and bad guys.
Although a minor character overall, I loved the main character, Rob's, grandfather. Loved his personality and contribution to the mystery solving. Quirky and lovable.
How well do you know those you know?
Would recommend; good story, great narration.
Chris Ewan is a clever and articulate author; and, coupled with the fabulous Simon Vance, can't go very far wrong. I have listened to all his "Good Thief's Guides" and find the deadpan, comically self-effacing protagonist irresistible and fun. The slightly arrogant thief, characterized perfectly by Vance, is entertaining in any and all books.
Ewan clearly is trying to break away from that niche with this more serious book. While Vance is a delight to hear as Charlie the thief, in this book when he assumes a humorless and less articulate Isle of Man accent and character it is far less entertaining. The lack of cleverness and humor is sorely missed. It starts off slowly, but does capture the reader's attention with a typically convoluted, but perhaps more confusing plot than usual. There does not seem to be as much intimate depth of character (we know all of Charlie's flaws and shortcomings--but not so here), and the characters are less sympathetic.
All in all, it is quite a good read, and I would listen to anything written by Ewan if narrated by Vance. But, I would prefer he stick to the rascal thief character, with his hilarious predicaments.
Forensic Mysteries, Paranormal, Cozies and yet more mysteries. "Don't care who dies in the movie as long as the dog lives."
Although the ratings weren't as high as most of the books I read, I wanted to give it a chance. I wanted to like it. The premise is fascinating. Many aspects of the plot are interesting, but it doesn't fit together.
This was generally an enjoyable book. There were times when the plot and characters seemed a little confusing (i.e. Who was doing what to whom for what reason) but I listen in my car & probably needed to focus more. Kept my interest until the end.
Well written and fast paced! Well drawn characters. The bad guys are really bad and the good characters well balanced.
Got to read it!
After a slow start this mystery picks up speed and kept me engaged and entertained throughout! I definitely was surprised by several of the twists and turns and enjoyed it immensely.
The narration is well done. However, for me the voice didn't quite fit the main character and sounded much older than I would have expected this particular character to sound.
I Definitely recommend this mystery.
I tried to get into this one but quit more than 1/2 way through. The characters were unlikable because we don't know anything about any of them so who cares??? Then there are parts that I had to fast forward through for several minutes and they're still talking about searching someone???? I'll be returning this one. There are many things that I didn't like about this.