The end was so simple, and so obvious, yet it had never occurred to me. Truly a brilliant who done it.
This actually could have been a really good mystery, since there were some solid plot elements there, but it was as if the author was too focused on the making her characters one dimensional to do anything with the story. You pretty much new what was going to happen so long before any of it happened it was almost pointless to read. There was also so much back story that the "mystery", if we can call it that, was really more of a setting than a plot.
I think there was a lot of potential in this book, but it was all fumbled away. I am going to read another to see if she was able to capitalize on her ideas better in future books.
it would be a spoiler
possibly. the book did such a poor job, but there were some good ideas. i think this could be one case that the movie might be better than the book.
NOT A MYSTERY
It was a good mystery with a back story. Bit too much back story, but barely so.
NO. She reads like a robot. It's like a female text-to-speech engine not a person.
A human? Plus fairy tales need music in the back ground if the narrator isn't going to read with any emotion.
Poirot, because of the mysterious elements to it. Eleven Days was more of a thriller though.
Louise Penny found a great thing by putting a solid back story with her characters as well as creating good mysteries. In this installment though, there is just to much peripheral, that it threatens to take over the book. Still a good mystery, but a bit too much drama.
It is important to note that this is not a mystery that you can try to figure out like an Agatha Christie. You are told who did it in the end, of course, but there is really no way to figure it out, and you are not expected to try, as far as I can tell.
Write a True Whodunit
One really can't listen to a mystery twice. It just doesn't work
Robin Bailey is simply a master.
The key to a good mystery is that when the final solution is revealed, One sees it should have been obvious. This was a very good mystery, but the end was a tiny touch strained. This is the only this that kept it from being great.
Seriously, if someone told me that they had a really cool story to tell me, and then came over and preceded to preach at me for a couple of hours, I would be pretty pissed off. I feel like that is what Dan Brown has done to me. Mixing interesting scientific facts, and presenting religious and philosophical theories as the back drop for an exciting mystery has always been Dan Brown's method for creating a good read. The problem is that Lost Symbol seemed to be more about beating us over the head with this particular religious belief than the mystery. To top it off, the whole action part of the book came to a staggeringly disappointing conclusion.
While the story is fun, it is the reader that makes this book well work the purchase
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