I woudn't recommend this book for anyone who cannot handle violence in their literature . . . that being said, the book was very compelling and didn't just cover the tragedy of the murder of a young woman; it also gave us a look at the darkness of the lives of our main characters. Being able to get a picture of what drove the characters to be portrayed in the manner they were helped the book flow better and gave insight to their actions. After reading this book I was driven to do internet searches and learn more about the true crime that occured - I had never heard of the Black Dahlia before. I did feel a little lost in the final chapters of the book as I felt they skipped around a lot; however I did walk away from the story feeling like justice was served in the story (and hopefully in real life). I have recommended this book to several of my friends.
I really enjoyed the mystery of the beginning and loved how the storyteller spun his web to capture my attention and make me want to not stop listening. The story is a whole new spin on the tale of Dracula and doesn't fall into the stereotypical "neck biting" character who mesmerizes women. The actors that were used to to narrate the story were exceptional and gave this story that extra special something. The author was able to keep the multiple characters tied together even though they went off into their own areas of the book and after finishing this book I felt like there was closure to every aspect. . . there was no feeling of being left hanging. I enjoyed the descriptiveness of the writing and at times felt like I could feel the damp walls of the cave and smell the musty air. I also enjoyed the multiple plots within the book. I recommended this book to my son and after reading it we have decided we need to visit some of the countries that the characters went to . . . This book isn't a one time read, it is a read "again and again' book. It is a permanent part of my library and has been recommended to many friends.
This was a wonderfully entertaining book and it kept changing enough to keep my interest. The base story itself teaches several lessons about doing what is right and forging new friendships in the strangest of places. This book has several key characters that act in the most unexpected ways resulting in a book that isn't the "same old, same old" whereby one can anticipate the plot - rather one may think they know where the plot is going and then it doesn't - I loved this book and the ending was perfect!
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