With all respect to Audible's reviewer Ms. Chouinard (above), I did not find that "Heald’s tempo and energy keep When the Killing’s Done constantly bounding forward. Boyle’s writing is so crisp and Heald’s delivery so exuberant that listening to the audiobook will be a temporary obsession." Her review mirrors Heald's breathless narration, actually.
I'd never read T.C. Boyle, but heard of this book through several interviews he gave with local NPR stations. The plot sounded intriguing, the issues are important, and fiction is a great vehicle to explain issues. Yet the characters in this story are flat (and I wanted to hear more from Alma, but didn't) and the narration irritating (albeit Mr. Heald can do accents, and definitely characterized LaJoy well). I probably disagree with what "crisp" writing means - Mr. Boyle's narrative describes settings in great detail, but without Victorian embellishment. Perhaps this is crisp?
Also, novels written in the present tense just annoy me. I suppose it's a stylistic device intended to create more suspense, placing the reader in the subject's position, not knowing what will come next, but the technique feels artificial to me - I'm reading a story, not watching a movie.
Still, a novel based on a setting that's local will get me out to explore and appreciate the Channel Islands more than I have so far. Perhaps that's what the author fundamentally wants the reader to do.
Husband & I are looking forward to the continuation of this series. Card hasn't disappointed us yet. However - I would not recommend this book for pre-adolescent readers, nor adolescent readers who can't or shouldn't be exposed to certain adult - read: sexual - themes. This said, it's going to be quite fun to see where Card takes the parallel stories introduced in The Lost Gate.
I grew up in a house next to a pair of hoarders. Oddly, I now live in a house that shares a rear property line with another pair of hoarders. Both tended to derelict automobiles. This book offers the layperson tremendous insight into such behavior while at the same time admitting that hoarding is simply not a great way to live. The case studies are illuminating and fascinating. I too now look at my messy desk and sigh in relief.
If one has some background in Jung, Freud, psychoanalysis generally - there's helpful material here. I found the numerous quotations from other thinkers particularly interesting, and might purchase an e-edition to refer back to them more easily. But Dr. Hollis's style is so bloated and wordy it's hard to absorb the substance. Had the publisher reined in Dr. Hollis's enthusiasm for alliteration and adjectives, not to mention multi-multisyllabic words it would be a better book. Listening to alliterated phrase after alliterated phrase almost had me screaming in agony. A good dose of copyediting would have reduced the length of this book without reducing its substance. Then again, I might not have got as much weeding done as I did while listening.
What Barbara in Elgin said although not everybody dies, and there's an entertaining twist at the end. Borrow this from your local library for free - probably not worth the $$ to own.
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