Not ending every sentence with an unnecessary adverb
Having every sentence start with the name of a character and every sentence ending with an adverb.
Hard to believe this ever got published.
For the first third of this book, I thought I'd really found something special. but then the "implausibles" began to build up: whole ships disappearing, people up to no good freely left to wander around a supreme court justice's office,and an attack on a justice inside the supreme court itself. Please... But when the initial hero of the book, a gritty cop, just gets blown away and disappears from further consideration, I lost interest. If people have to die in the story, I at least want the author to have some emotion about them.
Good. You'll guess it by the end but that's okay.
Finally, a sophisticated mystery set in England with a little intrigue, a little sex and some relevant history. I enjoyed it immensely.
This book is the perfect storm of a bad book and a terrible narrator (that quavering voice gives me nightmares). I am looking forward to the glad day when the whole dog's breakfast will be over and the silly, dopey -- and whiney, oh can she whine -- Karen will be no more. Since I work in Old Greenwich, if I could find her, I'd do her in myself.
For Gross, no idea or emotion can be offered up once but repeated and repeated until the poor listener is almost driven mad. Add that to the fact that about every 6th page someone's heart is almost stopped, or pounding or given to some other malady because of shock and you get the idea.
I have so come to hate most of the characters that the only thing that keeps me going is the hope that the villians will succeed and the main characters will get their throats deservedly slit. That's unlikely though. That would require some sort of plotting where you cannot see what's coming at least 100 pages ahead.
Save your credits. Go try Donna Leon or someone.
This is not a bad book for a while. It has some clunky writing (like the detectives ham fisted handling of the case and her irrational suspicion of the main character) but the big problem comes at the end. Note to authors: pitched gun battles in mythical fortresses might have been fine for 1940s comics but they are not a satisfactory ending for modern readers. Incredibly disappointing ending but it takes several hours to get to it.
Grisham does it again. Complex and twisting, it will carry you along. But watch out for that ending. Perhaps another chapter or six would have been too predictable for him, but darn it...
Unsympathetic characters engage in wooden dialogue that would make Jack Webb blush. Heavy handed prose and a story that drags as if through mud. Unreadable.
Unless you have recently been released from an insane asylum and have an overwhelming urge to return there, don't bother with this book. I have like other of Koontz's books but this is too weird by a mile. And tedious to boot.
This is an engaging book. Though I don't usually go for books about contrary "dropouts" this one is told with good humor mixed in with a little self doubt and romance to keep it interesting. It's not hard to guess the whodunit part, but I found it a good companion nevertheless.
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