Each character, the growing and changing relationships of VI, how VI came to be who she is, and how other significant characters came to be who they are, are all the fodder of this novel. I can't imagine it being better.Sadly, I think I have listened to all of her books. I love the audio performances, and what I love most is the most evident in this one. Perhaps it is a bit over the top in its final action scene, but I didn't care, because I can listen to this performance of this particular book and be completely and totally captivated.
If only there were more of these.
I know Louise's characters as if they were living next door to me, or better yet, as if I too resided in Three Pines. I seriously consider moving there and then realize again that there is no such place.
There is subtext to her books that is greater than the surface "facts." She tells stories of human development that are weighty and pressure me to think of my own situation and take action to fix it. I care so much about her characters that I do not want her to be untrue to any of them.
Her narrator is the best possible Gamache. I can't imagine how he could change. And, of course, he does all of the other characters so well, but he IS Gamache.
Each time I start a new Kellerman, I'm minutes from giving up on it. Yet, I always finish them, and am left with the same questions -- what did this really say about our protagonist or anyone else in the story? As complex and evolved as the characters seem to be, I'm never quite sure about them. The plot does not lack detail, but I find myself backing up to the portion I missed -- I do that a lot anyway, but in Kellerman's books, I'm very likely to miss more and perhaps to never figure it out. Yet I still hang in there. I keep thinking. I'll learn something new about the protagonist, his gay friend, his girlfriend the luthier and the social mores in general. I never quite break through though.
In this one, the temporary separation from Robin allows our hero to not re-engage with an old flame and to feel guilty nevertheless. Wonder what Robin did in the meantime?
There's twins, or perhaps triplets due to administration of some hormones, because why again? These twins may be Howard Hughes' or perhaps his partner's?
So sometimes we think there are twins, then perhaps triplets, and in the end, twins again? I confess to being unsure even of that resolution. One kills the other, or maybe she doesn't.
In the end, I can't figure out if its my inattention, over attention, or what that made this so difficult. As always, I wonder if I'll be back for more.
Georgie is pretty willing to steal back a snuff box, given that she seems pretty smart and hard to fool too. In fact there are dichotomies throughout the book, where she is fooled and shouldn't be, while she is too wise to be so fooled. That's my criticism. My praise is for the amusement of it all. I'm embarrassed to say, I'm certain I'll be back for more. its like over-eating cookies at Christmas time -- uh oh, its exactly like that, as my next book in the series is about Christmas.
I'll probably be back or more of this series. I find the psychological discussions interesting, when I didn't think I would. I like the friendship between Milo and the protagonist more than I understand the relationship between the protagonist and his girlfriend. The complexity of the plot and the unreality of it were an interference, so that's why it gets 4 stars. The performance, the characters, and the tone were absorbing. If this writer matures from book to book, I'm pretty sure I'll like the later books a lot more, given that this one has promise.
I love the characters, the point of view, the struggle with life that is portrayed, the appreciation of the struggles of the writers that came before Irene. I wish I were one of her friends, because I would so love a good cup of coffee overlooking Frank's garden, chatting with her accumulated regular guests. I'm sad to say that this may be the absolute last one. If so, that will be sad. I recommend this series. Savor it. It makes the perfect long walk rehabilitation companion.
Maggie is brilliant and her owner isn't bad either. I love both characters, and the narration was solid. This kept my interest and I'd read more, but I have the feeling its a one off. Don't miss this if you like to see how a puzzle solver works and how a friendship between man and dog develops.
I'm giving Kellerman another listen. This one is pretty sick, as in the historical meaning of the term. The killings were done by one sick person -- or was it more than one, I can't recall at the moment. The reasons kind of made some vague sense, maybe. The vision is pretty depressing. Yet, I like the protagonist and his friendship with a cop. I see a future in there somewhere and have downloaded the next in the series. I'm hoping this will be like Jan Burke, where each books gets better than the previous. Also, Delaware is a Psychologist and his examinations of human illnesses is interesting. This is set in West L.A. where I grew up, so that helps a bit.
I admit it, being so badly injured has left me desperate for an alternate reality. First I adopted VI Warshawsky, and now I feel like pounding on Irene and Frank's door and trying to convince them to let me hang out there for a while, like so many of their characters have done through these nine books. Sadly, there is only one book to go and I will need to surface and look for a new place to hide out all too soon. I can't believe how quickly I made my way through these books.
Burke gets better and better with each mystery she tells. The motivations behind this plot are a bit garbled. We understand more or less in the end, but the weaknesses are forgiven because of our fascination for the innocent, but bright kidnapped kids, the confused and hugely mistaken adults, and the network of people whose jobs require them to investigate the ill doings from a variety of perspectives.
Certainly the extraordinarily good narration contributes to why become part of it all, and keep turning out for another long beach walk each day so I can return to Irene's reality yet again.
I don't want to give away anything of this story. Trust me, this is well worth the download
Since I wrote a note of dissatisfaction with Jan Burke's first book, received a refund and then bought it back again, I have become addicted to her books. I walk on the beach every day, working on my badly broken knee and learning about each of the significant characters in this Irene Kelly series. In this larger work, we see events that occurred prior to Irene's birth and see how they became intertwined with the lives that followed. We love O'Conner more than ever and Jack and Helen as well. This is the best of Burk so far; I'm taking them one at a time, from the beginning, skipping nothing, and savoring every bit. I don't have any complaints about this one and have a growing respect for the evolution of this mystery writer as well as the tremendous skills of Eliza Foss.
Every aspect of this mystery was outstanding. The story was compelling, the development of Irene, the bringing in of so many interesting characters, the resolution of it, were all beyond what I would ever have expected when I was reading Book 1. What a commendable progression, tightening of story and attention to detail. I recommend this to any mystery addict, particularly if you want to identify with the main characters.
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