When I first started listening to this I thought I'd made a big mistake in getting it.
Fortunately, I was stuck somewhere where I had no other books at my disposal so I was forced to listen.
Boy, was I pleased that I did.
I just loved the way I was drawn into the story and how the author managed to describe the plight of women in Saudi Arabia without going over the top and making the book a crusade. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I immediately downloaded the next in the series I hope there are going to be more.
I was amazed at how quickly the story sped by. There were a few moments when the descriptions lagged a bit, but they were minor irritations.
The characters were good and it's true I'd have preferred a bit more of the book title, but it was an enjoyable listen.
Quite violent, as a lot of his books.
I had to search on the Internet for the male equivalent of 'chick lit'. The definition should have had this book as an example.
I've not even finished the book, but I felt that I really had to write this review. (I will finish it if only because other reviewers have said there's something interesting at the end).
The main character falls in and out of relationships and beds like changing books at a library. The spooky bit's confusing and slotted into descriptions of marathon sex sessions. The cliffhangers are... there. Often.
Under the Lake? I'm merely underwhelmed.
Note - there may be some spoilers in this review.
I listened to the end and I quite enjoyed the story - it was an agreeable way to pass the time.
Was it a great listen? No.
Was I waiting with bated breath for the denouement? No.
Will I get another book by this author? Probably not.
There were an awful lot of clichés with the characters: the mother with postnatal depression, the religious fanatic, the controlling mother, the abused child, the bumbling policeman, the mentally challenged young man, the child abuser (nothing to do with the abused child), the battered wife...
Need I go on?
There were also bits of the story that seemed totally disconnected. Maybe they related to an earlier book so then they would make sense? I got the feeling they were there to pad out the book or make way for a sequel.
Finally, the narration was good except for some pauses that to me, seemed to be in the wrong places.
This book is gruesome, not only because of what happens in the story, but also because it's a comment on the world we now live in.
I can't say it was enjoyable - it was gripping though.
I wouldn't recommend it to the fainthearted, but it isn't a horror book in the classic sense.
I wouldn't say that this book's outstanding. However, it was a very enjoyable listen, especially when driving.
The subject matter was new to me, but not once did I get lost in the technical details.
I'll read more by this author.
I enjoyed the first book immensely, so looked forward to listening to the second.
The same characters are there with a few new ones. The narrations are interesting and relevant. The plots thickens. And yet... I found myself fast forwarding through passages as characters - well - just thought too much.
There was too much introspection to my taste and especially when some of the characters started thinking the same things!
I may go for the abridged version for the next one, which is normally not something I do.
Another totally off the wall story with a serious undertone.
I found it amusing rather than outright comical and the reader was on top form.
It was probably just a tad too long.
Once again the author managed to transport me to a country and culture that I know very little about.
I love the two main characters and how the classic 'who done it' and secondary 'romantic interest' play out with all the differences that a strict Muslim grime can create.
Enjoyable listen with well-rounded characters and a good plot.
It's always a good book when I don't fast forward a bit because the part I'm listening to doesn't hold my interest. This one held my interest right to the end.
I didn't want to get this book because of what happened at the end of the last one in the series, but then I had to for the very same reason - if that makes sense!
The end was satisfying, but I also feel slightly cheated for some reason and I think that's due to the story line reflecting life rather than bad writing.
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