I am new to the Monk series. What a treat. And I LOVE Davina Porter. She is so talented. The way she manipulates her voice, masters subtle accents, and gently tells a story is just brillant. Anne Perry serves up fascinating characters, psychological twists, and a duo of likeable protaganists. Have already downloaded the next two books in the series. Shamelessly hooked.
The idea that our detective has amnesia and is struggling to uncover details about his own life and get to know himself while he is uncovering details and getting to know the victim. The way these "investigations" mirror each other. When Monk reflects on the emptiness of only seeing the outcomes of elements in his life (the way he dresses, his ambition, his relationships) without having any understanding of the motives and drivers behind them. Not only is his memory lost, but the very essence of what make him him is lost, and his trying to figure it out by seeing himself reflected in the attitudes and behaviors of others toward him. Very powerful.
When Monk revists the crime scence later in the book and is galvanized by the sight of the walking stick in the stand. Up to that point, I had thought that maybe his "flashbacks" and emotional responses to the crime scene where almost a psychic talent brought about by his accident and that that would be a part of his character. At that point, both he and the reader began to realize that his involvement in the crime is very real and, ironically, he begans to hide his secrets more and more just as he is uncovering the victim's secrets.
Just like The 39 Steps, this tale takes average people and throws them into a nest of German spys. What fun! I love Innes' Appleby books - you never know what you're going to get - murdering academics, the classic manor mystery, or a spy thriller. They are so much of their time and yet timeless. Not to everyone's taste, but certainly to mine.
There is something magical when a text and narrator come together in perfect harmony. That is what the paring of Susan Hill and Steven Pacey is - harmony. Ms Hill can effortlessly render a fully dimensional character in astonishingly few graceful words - even minor characters - and Mr Pacey can equally effortlessly transform his voice into that character. with a dexterity and wit and honesty that is artful. This wonderful combination has undoubtedly led me to purchase all the books in this series and I have enjoyed every single book.
Really got into the story, but didn't like the narrator - lots of odd pauses and just a hard voice for me to listen to so ended up in this place where I just wanted to hurry up and get to the end not only so I could figure out the mystery, but so I wouldn't have to listen to that voice anymore.
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