Minette Walters is perhaps a bit more sophisticated than I am. Not hard to be really. I enjoy her plots and her characters. I generally enjoy her payoff at the end. This had a good story, well-linked, and characters that you could like and even feel for them. I wasn't sure about the payoff in the end.
SPOILER ALERT (kind of):
We get a payoff and then it gets taken back. Maybe others won't agree with me. I like my payoff straight up. This seemed a bit of connivance. Either do it or don't.
Having said this, I will definitely listen to more of her books. I do enjoy them. And they don't make me squirm.
There is no mystery. Well, yes, there is; why did this book show up in the mystery and thriller list?
I have rarely read/listened to a book that was so sexist (after all, women can't do anything for themselves) and over-the-top LOVE GOD PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.!
If you want a looooong drawn out melodrama with limited drama and character development, humor, and plot, this is the book for you!
The author even threw in a bunch of details that has nothing to do with the book at all.
Hurray. It's done. Yes, I listened to the entire thing sure that there would be a mystery or thriller, but no.
This novel was overall enjoyable. The characters were nicely drawn, the plot, basically holds together to its own internal logic. There were a few flaws and weirdly misplaced clues, but overall, nice.
My only criticism of this novel is that it dragged a bit in some places. One of the drawbacks to audiobooks.
I recommend it. Not for the reader who wants something quick and light. It's a bit more intense.
This book perhaps had a decent story in it somewhere. It started out promisingly. The female lead seemed like a strong character and like she had a good sense of herself and what she wanted to know and do.
Then the story continued. She is probably one of the weakest female leads ever. Her actions have no logic from one chapter to the next. Is she strong? Is she weak? Is she just a girl who needs help from a man.
Supposedly a wealthy powerful woman, she certainly does some very stupid and unfeminist things.
The basic plot is decent. No real surprises as we move through the plot.
If you don't mind an unevenly drawn group of characters and flawed plot, this book is for you!
This was a cute little novel. There was a fun mystery. The characters were "wacky" and "way out". There were ghosts.
This is probably a great read for many mystery fans. It's light. Which is actually what I really enjoyed about it. I don't require serious reading and deep and meaningful themes in my murder. However, the kid was way too annoying. Please. Either our heroine is the worst mom ever (with the worst relationship with her own mom) or the kid is, well, annoying (to repeat myself.) I don't want to spoil anyone's fun, but trust me, children who act like that one (and who are encouraged to act that way by all the adults around them EXCEPT the mother) have issues. And why does the mother allow these people to hang around? Oh, wait, she can't help it.
Perhaps if the heroine had taken a bit more control of her life instead of always being "forced" into the actions of others. I could have thought of 15 ways to not have gotten into some of the stupid situations that she faced. Sure, Monday morning quarter-backing, but hey, I didn't write it (and yes, it is certainly better than anything I could produce-it's cute).
But I wanted more. Or perhaps better. Better character development. A plot line that really made sense with regard to motivation.
I actually, despite the problems, do recommend this book. It is an easy "read" and a bit of fun. I just don't think that I can continue with the series.
I was not sure what to expect from this novel. I often grow impatient with "getting to the story." The beginning held a lot of good exposition that was helpful later.
This is not high art. However, it was fun. I really liked that, [SPOILER ALERT?] "man wrongly accused" is threatened early on in the book that the author does not take us down that well-worn path of laziness.
I found that the book had a good pace, decent character development, and the ending did not leave me unhappy in the least. It was a conclusion, a reasonable one with regard to the "inherent truth" of the story.
I recommend it.
This sounded like an exciting book. A good serial killer. An exciting read.
Basically what I got was an attempt at socially acceptable erotica, an attempt at a meaningful relationship (mother/daughter, lovers, exes), and faux mystery/thriller.
Our top cop is perfect. He is sensitive, strong, smart, rich, handsome, understanding (mostly) and perfect perfect perfect. Our heroine is tortured in her relationship with her daughter (who of course is a Broadway star with constant Hollywood offer - excellent ones that she's not allowed to take and not even allowed to discuss with her parents.)
Frankly, I am shocked that a trained therapist would so disregard anyone's feelings that there wouldn't at least be discuss with regard to such excellent opportunities for a move forward in a profession so obviously desired by the child.
These people, their problems are cliché.
The serial killings merely a backdrop attempt at some erotica (vanilla) followed by death.
Not my thing.
My reading preference is murder mysteries. So why Fannie Flagg? Well, she's funny. And delightful.
I truly enjoyed this book. A family saga. Wonderful characters who are charming and nice. Nice counts. A bit of history thrown in.
I would highly recommend this. Fannie Flagg novels take a bit of time and sometimes patience, but with her it's about the journey.
It's rare that I read this type of novel, but find that I did enjoy this one.
I thought that this novel was good. I didn't care for King in print, however, I thought that the book flowed rather well in audio. The difficulty was actually having the narrator get to the end of a sentence. Admittedly, she is probably better than I will ever be at narrating a book, however, I am not paid to do so.
The book: I found the characters interesting if not entirely believable. They seemed to keep their internal/book truth, so that works for me. I thought that the plot was interesting. A bit stretching my credulity in human nature, but that's what books are for.
But the narrator...Her voice was VERY pleasant. Almost like the voice of the air hostess on the flight to Chicago. So even, so slow, so deliberate in it's pacing and emphasis that there were points where listening became a painful exercise, a great desire to move beyond what was NOT happening and get to anything else.
I suspect many people do like this narrator, and other readers may do so. Again, the voice was very soothing and pleasant. and so slow. and so deliberate.
Do I recommend this title? Yes. Give it a whirl. I will probably try at least one more to see if I can get beyond the narrator.
At least it wasn't as bad as Innocents Abroad (worst narrator ever)
The book just couldn't catch my interest. I wanted more story. I wanted more character. I wanted a character whom I could like. It dragged. It didn't go anywhere.
I got about 1/2 way through this book.
Fair enough, I generally read straight up mystery. I don't want romance. I like dead people and a plot to catch them.
I really wanted to like this book but I didn't.
OK, maybe I don't love this genre (what is it even? Military spy stuff?) Anyway, One has to go with the unrealistic technology and the all-knowing Church/Deacon/etc. However, Maberry sticks to his own reality and that's good enough for me. It's Ledger-world. It has basic rules and Maberry is true to them. It's consistent (which is a big plus for me--I hate an author who creates a fantasy and then changes the rules on what can and can't happen.)
I find that the characters are in many ways to good to be true. BUT I love them. One wants a world where Joe Ledger Kicks-blank and takes names. His moral compass is nice.
I generally read murder fiction (I avoid romance/murder--just want dead people). I prefer a mystery. In the Ledger novels (this is the second that I've "read" the bad guys are just put in front of you. Yet, I enjoy the plot which has a beginning middle and end, the end twist (which is a must in the modern novel...why? I don't know) is generally pretty well crafted, and the characters don't "do" stuff just to do it--there are reasons for their actions and we know what they are.
I enjoyed this book as much as the first. I am currently reading the third book and have given up pretending that this is not my style. Just like a well crafted wine or beer a well-crafted novel is fun for all.
I've enjoyed my Joe Ledger adventures so far. Probably not for those who dislike violence and want a hero that eschews it, but for the rest, I highly recommend it.
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