I couldn't recommend this book to a friend. I was engaged throughout, but entirely confused by the ending. The storyline is unique and absorbing; the characters are interesting and unusual; but the end left me thinking "What just happened here?"
It seems the author has decided she wants to write a book that can go straight to BBC mysteries. Character information is parsed out in tiny threads--the reader must stay tuned to get more information. The description of the detective was something like this: looks like a movie-star from Hollywood but a bit rougher. This wasn't meant to read, it was meant to be made for TV--especially because the very simple basic crime isn't worth a full-length novel.
Great if you're a psych student and want to review first-year material on Freud, Erikson and Piaget. Or good if you're just interested in psychology and don't know much about the topic
Makes the concepts clear with apt analogies.
Often with young adult series, I feel cheated by not having been given the full novel experience. But with this trilogy, the waiting was worth it, because the ending was absolutely perfect and satisfying.
Odd, engaging and imaginative.
Vargas always gets me in the end. Although I'm rather astute at guessing who did it, I never quite get it right with Vargas--there's always a twist that catches me unawares. I can't recommend her books highly enough.
The reader will empathize with a young boy manipulated into becoming what adults believe he should be. I don't usually read science fiction, but I found this book entirely engaging because of the main character and his two unique siblings. This book is definitely a science fiction classic.
Unlike Ender's Game, this book goes beyond childhood and ponders quite heavy, philosophical issues. Although I found it worth reading, I didn't find it as engaging as Ender's Game. Although a mystery is woven throughout the narrative, the payoff may not be worth it to the listener. If you like to ponder life's heavier issues, you'll love this book. If you're looking for the tension and excitement that was found in Ender's Game, you won't find it here.
Fascinating, intriguing, complex.
Learning about Norway's role in WWII was a great historical bonus.
His Norwegian accent and pacing bring authenticity to the reading.
I love the Harry Hole series and was pleased to see the first in the series finally available. This story isn't as macabre as the other Harry Hole books, but it provides glimpses into Harry's life before he becomes completely jaded. Worth the listen for Nesbo fans.
I prefer the latter books but was glad I read this one.
All the Australian accents were spot on.
Definitely written as a part of a series.
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