De Kalb, TX, United States | Member Since 2007
I wouldn't know
Lydia. She was a tough, strong, woman, with passion and heart.
The different Russian men were hard to keep straight.
Ultimately, I felt sad...same as when I read about this period of time as a History major. It also made me feel disgust for the Reds and their leaders right up there along with Hitler and his cronies.
I liked the interwoven relationships, although sad, the connections revealed were one of the devices that kept the book interesting.
I liked the thread of history running through it and the romance in such an enchanting place....but this sounds a little pay, yes?
It's been awhile since I've read it now, but I remember I enjoyed the secrets of the house being revealed a bit at a time.
Yes, but I cannot explain. It lacked "umph."
Hard to say again, because their voices were not distinctive enough between characters.
Yes, but not by much.
Give it to Ted Bell or Hank Phillipi Ryan to re-write
Her performance was the only thing about the book that was extraordinary. Yes, I have listened to her before and she was technically correct in so many ways, but she also brought the emotiona depth to each and every character. She has to be among the top readers I have heard.
It depends on who reads it. The person who read this was abomidable and between those annoying wind chimes and her monotonous cadence with no emotion, I nearly abandonded the book.
Again, depends, see above.
Have Alexander put the reader out of her misery.
Try to work in more historical works into my reading.
Seriously...someone really needs to dispose of the windchimes and I'll bet you can figure out how I would suggest that be done.
Yes, I would make it less predictable.
I was not overly surprised or fooled.
Dane sounded like a werewolf with a two pack a day habit...ease up on the gruff and go more for deep.
More character development. These characters were too pat.
Having taken a "stab" at writing my own serial killer book, it is easy to make the story predictable, and I felt that except for the interjection of the twisted psychiatrist, this one was extremely predictable.
Yes, I loved all of the details given about dogs in the police and military, oh and I AM a dog lover, so how could I not.
Usually, I can thing of one that stands out in a book, but this whole book was full of heartwarming memorable moments.
I never just read anymore, well almost never, but I'd say he brought another special kind of voice to life in this particular book.
As I said I found the whole book moving but particularly when Maggie out thought the humans.
Would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves and respects animals.
Yes, because it is not as predictable as most mystery/thrillers, and it's hard to turn it off..I really like this female protagonist. I read the previous book too and it was also excellent. I honestly didn't know if the writer could possibly do better, but this one was an even match for her last.
The scent of oranges...
The scene at the end where Mother and Daughter got unexpected help. (Can't say more, or will give away too much.)
"Hold on, because this plot doesn't just twist and turn, it's like being on a roller coaster in the dark!"
This book reminded me of The Racketeer with all of its unpredictable turns, only written by a woman's brain. Seriously, as far as not being predictable, this author and John Grisham should write one together. I might not be able to put it down till I'm finished!!!
Yes, but only certain people that I know would like this type of "home is where the hate is," type book.
The complex group of characters with complicated relationships, most doomed from the start, highlighted by the sadly tainted Stella and her heartbreaking history. The author weaves, the tugs at the thread to unravel the secrets binding the characters both dead and living.
I most liked the elderly lady who was sick, whom the main female character visited to get information and just to get out of the oppressive quicksand atmosphere on the rest of the island.
The book being set on an island in a culture that developed almost in an isolated setting with histories and secrets known only to islanders reminded me of my small hometown where you were either an insider or an outsider. They pretend to be nice to outsiders, but it never lasts long and often the welcome mat is rolled up and a net of viciousness can be dropped upon the unknowing stranger. I could relate very well to this part. I was away from my small town for years and when I returned, I was treated almost as an outsider. It was not a pleasant experience. Oh, and my town is not an island, its a land-locked wide spot in the road in Northeast Texas!
I liked the reversal of positions. Clever, and done well.
Her testimony at the end.
Most books are predictable for be, this one had some very good twists. Loved that and loved the way author worked in the Atticus Finch honor.
No. I liked it and it was well-written, but a little to far into the vampire thing for me. I usually never pick vampire books on purpose, they bore me.
I listened, so this may be misspelled, Roon....the kick butt Sanguines.
This is where the audio version tanked. The guy doing narration mispronounced almost all of the biblical places like Caesarea, Caana, and others. He even mispronounced items. It nearly drove me nuts. The only thing worse was the dialect/accent choices that ended up sounding not Italian, as in purely Italian, but something between a Brooklyn accent and a Chicago mobster! Jeez. Get someone else if you can. I am a history major and have a theater background. Replace him.
Like that man from Texas! He was interesting.
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