As somebody who loved the Stephanie Plum novels, I bought the first six of this series based on the reviews. Where Janet Evanovich has created a likeable character in Stephanie and surrounded her with larger than life characters, Gemma Halliday has created a female character in Maddie Springer who is two dimensional, predictable and not very likeable. She is clearly following an Evanovich style formula with the love interest being a Latin policeman (Spanish not Italian origin) and a series of ridiculous and uninteresting characters.
It may be an LA thing, but if I was a woman, I would not want to be portrayed as being so superficial. Had a man written this story, he would have been pilloried for viewing women as being so shallow.
I would be very surprised if people would enjoy this as a caricature of LA life. As a thriller/mystery story, the plot was poor, the dialogue worse and my interest diminished to non-existent.
Of the six books I have bought, I have listened to one and a half, and will not listen to the rest.
Well read, but could not hide the lack of quality in the prose.
Irritation and disappointment.
This is a classic case of a complex plot which cannot be sustained to a credible ending. The story was always interesting, and brought together interesting and current themes such as child abuse, Münchausen syndrome by proxy, paedophilia in younger adults and memory loss in children as a defence against abuse. This contained within a fast moving and well developed set of plotting.Yet the ending was so unrealistic and unbelievable, my enjoyment of the whole book was in the end tainted by cringing for the last hour or so.
I have listened to four or five of Lisa Garner's books. Whilst she has pushed the barrier of credibility before, I have always been able to accept the ending. This one I have not. I will try others, but I will be reluctant to do so without having read the reviews carefully.
An excellent reader who kept the story moving forward. I doubt I would have read the story to the end had I been reading the book.
Not a chance
This is a wonderful story that has been destroyed by the Reader. Anne Archer is a competant reader who is unable to give a realistic Scottish or Irish accent. Shame the story is set in Scotland with Irish and Scottish characters. Her attempts would be amusing if they were not so irritating.
The story itself is Kate Atkinson at her best. Complex themes are interwoven around interesting, believable characters in an enthralling plot.
Well worth the read, but it may be better to buy the book rather than plough through Miss Archer's narrative.
A fascinating novel of intrigue and cunning set in the time when the West feared it could lose the cold war. George Smiley sends the flawed Jerry Westerby to Hong Kong to research, stir-up and then entrap the Russian spy who is playing a dangerous game with the Chinese.
The novel encompasses the end of the Vietnam, the dieing breed of flawed British public school patrician leadership, the petty territory disputes between the US and British spooks and the wonderful cleverness of George Smiley and his pals. Delicious intrigue and ultimate betrayal, the book flies past.
I had no problems with the sound, and wonder if work has been done to improve it.
In my view this is the finest LeCarre.
A long, thorough and insightful biography of a fascinating and charismatic British politician, though when compared to the multiple tombs completed by Martin Gilbert and Randolf Churchill this is a brief summary of Churchill?s life.
Jenkins? insights are particularly fascinating for his own experience of later British Government.
I would agree with those, presumably American who find this dry. Much of his life is tied up in the UK parliamentary system, so unless you have a keen knowledge of the subject, the terminaology and characters can appear obscure.
As a Brit, I find this absolutely fascinating, and I believe that I will return to this book once every five years or so. A wonderful book!!!
A well crafted thriller set in the less well known part of Edinburgh. Well plotted, with lots of twists and turns. Good value.
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