Although Tess remains front and center in this novel, the feel of this shorter novel is something of a departure for our heroine. Laura Lippman pays homage to the work of other mystery masters, involves all our favorite characters from her previous books, and saves the best for last.
If you like Laura Lippman, you will love this one!
I am new to Harlan Coben, and I had hoped to really love his work. If this is any indication I won't be trying others. The main character is a mopey, not so bright female detective who spends most of the book pining for a man who dumped her 18 years ago. A feminist manifesto it's not. I would call it mildly distracting. Pass.
Attention fans of the bodice ripper -- this is NOT historical fiction. If you are looking for petticoats and princes this is not for you. It's also NOT a romance, although there is a lot of sex.
I know it's very stylish to adore this genre of fiction, gritty and surreal. I found the main character in turns boring and annoying. Clearly many people are quite enthralled with this author - who am I to quibble?
Still I would like a book to educate me, challenge me or entertain me. Like a good Russian novel, this one mostly depressed me.
Despite all that, there is much craft here; well-writen and very nicely performed by Adam Grupper. Before you buy, just know -- it's for an acquired kind of taste.
This was recorded and mastered for CD and needs to be revisited for the digital format. Aside from production quality, the narrator is uninspiring to the point of distraction.
The book is another excellent offering from Ms. Patchett.
I've read other Lisa Gardner's so I have a thick skin. But this one goes too far. The book graphically describes child sexual abuse, rape and murder. The author has become as bad as the pornographers and exploiters of children she depicts. This is not fiction, this is pornography.
I felt like I'd spent a day antique shopping in a sweet little Southern town. Enjoyable beach read.
I know Catherine Coulter has a faithful following, but after forcing myself to the halfway point in this book, I don't understand why.
The characters are flat and uninteresting. The plot is utterly predictable. The writing is uninspired. I guess I could say something nice about Sandra Burr who did a reasonable job of narrating an insipid story.
Sometimes, it's worth looking a gift horse in the mouth. It may have been a "freebie" but it wasn't a gift. I admire the idea of using Audible books to promote ABC's upcoming series, but if the television show is this uninspiring and dull--- well, I will leave that to the television critics.
Tan Twan Eng has written a textured and compelling story that you can't help but be drawn into. Like the garden of the title, each step into this novel draws you deeper into a drama that is layered and complex. This is much more than a World War II POW story, in fact, as amazing as it seems, the war is only a small part of the narrative. Wonderfully flawed characters. Heartbreakingly beautiful story. The evocative images make me want to buy a plane ticket to Malaya and explore the Pacific rim. The performance by Anna Bentinck is spot on. I -know- I was hearing the voice of Yun Ling Teoh telling me her story.
Don't miss this one!
I've been listening to audio books for decades and this stands out as an all time favorite.
I've read/listened to a lot of holocaust stories, and while it is always excruciating to bear witness to such suffering and evil, I am always amazed and the resiliency of the human spirit. This narrative had an especially hopeful tone. If I have a criticism of the author it is just that I wanted "more". More time with the characters, more time in the epilogue scene... more insights in to what makes people survive overwhelming loss and cruelty.
If you love Maeve Binchy- you will love her more in about 30 minutes!
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