This is such a great series of books. The writing, the character depth, the town becomes a character, the language is a character, the narration is prestine. You really love the Inspector and his crew. Wonderfully done. This is my third.
Its not gripping in any way, though the narration is good. It reminds one of the movie Unfaithful, a bored wife who is unfulfilled with her perfect life goes to far and there are horrible twists and turns. Its just ok. I wouldn't buy it again.
The narration is perfect - you feel you are with each of the readers.
The book itself is so difficult to stomach because of its journey - the anger, disbelief, illness you will feel. But that is what good writing should do - give you an experience.
The "afterward" in the author's voice is a perfect addition. You will not be disappointed.
The narration is steller. There is no real mystery here but the investigation is interesting. The is a story about women and mothers. And mother's choices. And that is what makes the book facinating. Throughout the book you ask yourself - what would you do and why is she doing this. That's the rub.
More suspenseful than Sharp Objects due to the subject matter. Here, you are dealing with a gripping "who done it" and you are really eager to get to the end.
At the same time, the narration is fantastic since there are multiple voices and perspectives to fill in the gaps.
And we are flipping between current time and the 1980s and we are hearing from the characters in their youth and adult views.
Well done. Well done.
The unabridged version is very dull and unfulfilling, particularly in the beginning when laying out the history of the family most of which is unnecessary. I almost always get the unabridged versions but in this case, it was 4 hours of unnecessary listening.
There are very graphic rape scene that drop in out of nowhere at a few points in the book.
The narration is great.
I don't care for books where there are things that have to be explained by the narrator because they were not clear in the story telling. This is one of those books. Overall, this book is highly overrated and not all all mysterious. Its one of those high-brow intellectual reads that is not fun at all when you are listening to it.
Its overly complex with too many characters and too many storylines so the narrator has to break in a clean it all up for you during the breaks or "parts". A better written book would lead you to this through clean plots and good characters.
The book is typical of the author but it is a particularly bad narration. Lines are repeated in the beginning of the chapters so often that I began to wonder if that was the way the book was written. Its very distracting and not expected from such a known author.
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