I enjoyed the previous two books and was disappointed with this third installment. Unlike some of the other reviewers, however, my disappointment was not with the abrupt ending. It was with the novel itself. The story 'reads' like a plot outline -- with absolutely no character development whatsoever even by Jeffrey Archer's standards. So Character A, for example, will go from being a difficult child to a model adolescent with absolutely no explanation as to what brought the change about. Character B, besotted with his wife and willing to forsake all else at her request, is able to move on from his infatuation at the drop of a dime. Of course, the infatuation seems absurd from the start since Character C, the wife, is a cartoonish Cruella Deville without a single redeeming quality -- and the fact that Character B fell madly in love with her seems, well, out of character. In this novel, the characters are all lowercase and act however they have to at that moment in order to move The Plot along. And, believe me, The Plot moves...at dizzying speed and in all kinds of preposterous directions. It's almost like if Archer is thinking of what will happen next as he types! In fact, I am not even sure what "the Best Kept Secret" was meant to be since the story line regarding what I THOUGHT was "the secret" does not get resolved. In fact, it is not even mentioned in the last 50 or more pages of The Plot. (Could it be that the audible production did leave a section out?) If you are a Jeffrey Archer fan, by all means, download it. It's not deep, but it is kind-of entertaining. I am sure I will buy the next one.
I have to admit I was disappointed simply because I really loved the author's first two novels. Those were full of unexpected (REALLY unexpected, as opposed to those in the novel at hand) twists: the ending in "Losing Faith" was way too predictable. I saw it coming a third into the book. In fact, it was SO predictable that I kept waiting for the plot-beyond-the-plot-twist and kept imagining what that would be...except it never went beyond the predicable ending. THAT SAID, the book kept me thoroughly entertained (if ultimately a tad disappointed) through a very long drive and I will definitely read the author's next. (Ergo the four stars for "overall.")
As to the NARRATOR: a subject onto itself on this audiobook: "WHAT. WERE. YOU. THINKING?" His audible intakes of breaths during the regular narration are bad enough (SERIOUS intakes of breath throughout)...but he makes the dialogue sound absolutely RIDICULOUS. Would even consider PAYING and listening to another reader). For some characters, I am sure he's pinching his nose. For others, perhaps he is channeling Omer Simpson. Whatever you're doing, Mr. Caploe, STOP! It turns the whole book into a CARTOON.
I love Jo Nesbo. I didn't love Blood on Snow (although I have to admit I LOVED the ending). Overall, the story lacked the depth and hyper-reality of most Nesbo novels (not surprisingly, it is quite short). And the narrator!!!! Never mind the monotone read (it sometimes works with Nesbo's cadence and darkness)... I could not understand why the producers of this audio book chose a female reader for a book that's told in the first person of a male character. Dumb choice.
I usually don't like it when books have multiple readers, but in "The Kind Worth Killing," the readers add to the experience. They are all great. And the story, while unbelievable at many points, is still really enjoyable and full of fun twists. Definitely recommend it.
There are plots and subplots which will hook you from the very beginning (with a very likable main character to boot), so for that it would give it four stars. However, when the mystery finally unravels, it falls a little flat on its face--so for that I would have to take at least a half star away. Still, I will recommend it as an entertaining mystery. Christopher Lane, as always, does an excellent job with the narration.
The story is a lot of fun...but told a tad too fast. So that the change from wimp to empowered avenger happens too quickly and the revenge is almost too easy. STILL, I highly recommend it for sheer enjoyment. It's always fun to see the good guys win.
I know that's a strange word to use in describing a mystery where the main character is a rich snob, but that's what this novel is: delightful. A pleasure to get into the protagonist's head and follow along as he gets ensnared in the murder of his legal firm's managing partner and his perfectly ordered life crumbles. Very enjoyable. Definitely would recommend. (It's a shame that his second book got slammed by almost every reviewer who had loved this one...so I am anxiously awaiting his third. Hopefully that one will be as good as "Death on a High Floor.")
Great story of interconnected stories. Great characters, with more depth than one usually expects in a typical police procedural because it's more than a mere police procedural--it's a story about inner conflicts and demons, about love and friends and choosing between what's right and what's wrong when love and friends are involved. I will look for more from this author, in both his aliases.
I almost didn't download this because I thought it would be impossible to craft anything truly engrossing in such a short time. The truth is that it didn't feel like a novel. As I suspected, too short. However, if viewed as a novella (or a long short story), it was outstanding. Great story. Delivered in layers (the 'present time' is less than a day, the flashbacks recount a time seven years earlier). Excellent performances.
Roller-coaster from beginning to end, with a very likable protagonist. Will have to look at more Winslow books.
I loved "The Troop" and actually saved "The Deep" for an upcoming trip. What a disappointment!!! In The Troop, the characters come alive amidst the horror. In The Deep, the characters remain shallow and unbelievable. Not a single one becomes real. And the story, quite frankly, never progresses. Creepy, horrific thing after creepy, horrific thing happens to the protagonists but I, for one, did not care. And don't be deceived by the promise of what this author could do with a plague that makes people forget (two thirds of the publisher's summary devoted to this theme)...the book itself deals with this issue for about as long as the publisher's summary. Perhaps if I had not kept waiting for the book to return to that subject, I would not have been so impatient with the novel. Did the author forget...?
Mr. Cutter is a great craftsman, in total command of his words. The writing is indeed good. Wish the story was better.
Mr. Brill does a phenomenal job with the narration. I probably would not have bothered to finish it were it not for him.
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