I remember reading this right out of college (many years ago) but didn't really remember much about it - except the basic, unpalatable premise. It's not a very nice story but not without redemtion either. Claire Danes performs with a sort of flat affect that totally fits and yet you can still feel the underlying emotion. I think I liked this performance more than really ENJOYED it.
I want to know what's happening in Strikes life and his shabby office and his PI cases and his secretary and his famous father. I want to know if he rescues a dog (or possibly a cat) and if his stump heals and if he can take better care of himself. Please keep in touch Robert Galbraith.
I loved this book - not the weird parts but thankfully they were few and far between. Mostly it was lovely and sad and really well written and well performed.
Once you get over a couple of major inconsistencies the story is enjoyable. I wanted not to be angry with Sir Donald for being so-o-o-o weak and wimpish and once you can let that go you're in for a pretty good story. Why did Sir Donald think sending his family to their summer place would be safe when Loyd obviously had an impressive intelligence network? If Sir Donald's family was being threatened why was there no security at the "secret" summer home? From the beginning, Sir Donald needed to let the Gray Man know something wasn't right and that contingency should have been built into their professional relationship (not to mention their personal). And finally, why was Loyd ever allowed to leave Sir Donald's office the first time? Maybe if Sir Donald made mistakes and found himself out maneuvered the story could have progressed the same but I kept thinking it wouldn't have happened like it did if Sir Donald was as smart as he was purported to be. I had no trouble suspending belief on the rest - the Gray Man was shot, stabbed, drowned, blown up, beaten and still managed to save the day. That's the way it's SUPPOSED to be for the hero!
I tried to like Peter and Rina - gave them another chance with Grievous Sin - but it's a no go for me! Rina's whining about her hysterectomy was annoying. I've known CHILDLESS women who lost their uteruses with less drama then Rina. I guess her other choice was to bleed to death?!!?! I'm also thinking that there were major inconsistencies but I could be mistaken because I was to unconcerned to go back on the audio. One example - did Rina really have a 17 year old son who could donate blood for her and then later wail, "But I'm only 30 years old?" Someone should do the math. I'm not interested enough to try to make sense of it.
What happened!? This doesn't sound like Harlan Coben at all. It reads sappy and weak with only glimpses of what makes Coben's characters likeable (if flawed). This guy's flawed all right - he's an idiot!! I didn't hate it but because I was expecting so much I can't recommend it to Harlan Coben fans. Sorry HC. If you didn't set the bar so high....
As SUCH a Harry Dresden fan, I wasn't sure about this series. Pardon me for doubting!!! Another group of lovable, honorable, questionable misfits fighting for truth and justice among the world of big, bad monsters.
Loved the history. Loved the narrator. A little bit violent in a sad, sad way. But the end? It was almost as if after 600 pages (give or take) the author was done, tired and ended it with "And so they lived happily ever after". Not that I don't love a happy ending but I found the very, very end a bit weird. In a good way.
I liked the characters and premise so will listen to more in this series if I get a chance. This wasn't a waste of time - just not great. Hopefully the series will "grow on me" which is sometimes the case.
You know when you really like a series and then you read an installment and it's "OK" and then maybe one is only "so-so" and you're like "Maybe I don't really love this series as much as I thought" ?.... Well, The Enemy totally cements my love affair with J. Reacher. So different than the others. So much detail into who and why and what he is. So funny and sad and jaw dropping surprising. So good.
Sometimes I read or listen to fiction written for young people and even if it starts out an accident I enjoy it thoroughly. Two of my favorite "accidental" purchases are The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Skippy Dies. This story unfortunately doesn't fit into that category. Didn't enjoy, appreciate or empathize with the angst of the main characters though I'm sure lots of young(er) girls will.
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