PRINCE ALBERT, South Africa | Member Since 2009
Clever plot, believable characters, well-paced.
Pelecanos tells stories well. He's always worth reading or listening to.
This was a first for me. Don't think it'll be the last.
You may miss some of his earlier over the top humour, but the more serious Chris B is an increasingly accomplished writer of really good thrillers. Well plotted, well read. Highly recommended.
Beautifully read, very clever. Read Birthdays for the Dead first. Not for the faint hearted. Ash Henderson is one of a kind
Very different from the previous books by Declan Hughes I've read. If you can suspend your disbelief at the coincidences necessary to make the storyline work, this venture into the disrupted lives of a seemingly ordinary American family has a lot going for it. Beautifully read it has more twists and surprises than is decent, well developed characters and an underlying ever present tension line that kept me listening well after my usual bedtime.
Everything. Funny, challenging, suspenseful, magical, gripping.
The slaughter of the cats. Not a favourite moment, but a memorable one.
Their pacing is superb.
Nothing is at it seems.
If you haven't discovered Murakami, you should.
Yes. Devilishly clever plot, great characters, wonderfully read.
The multi-layered texture with which Brookmyre takes one under the skin of contemporary Scotland. The way it weaves different strands together to make a not-too-neat whole.
Probably the one where Jasmine takes the last train home. The shooting scene at the Lodge was also in contention.
The ending. And the torching of Jasmine's car.
Brookmyre seems to have found a second breath if not an entirely new voice - thankfully. The anarchy, black humour and surprising insights are all there, and in Jasmine Sharp and the other companion characters he has created a pond in which I suspect he'll play for some time.
The central mystery is really clever and the various story lines weave together nicely. The characters are well imagined. Jasmine Sharp, the wannabe private investigator around whom the story unfolds, is sure to be with us for a while. Having said that, everything is a little too contrived. Brookmyre (who claims to have moved into a more serious, less anarchistic mode - he now writes as "Chris" as opposed to "Christopher") seems to be trying too hard to be conventional. "Where the Bodies are Buried" lacks some of the irreverence and exuberance of earlier works like Quite Ugly One Morning and the Unsinkable Rubber Duckies, but is still well worth the effort.
A little too predictable.
The book is really well read with Sarah Barron's Scottish lilt adding a level of atmosphere and intensity that a reading of the book would lack.
Brookmyre has long been a favourite author and I have both read and listened to all his books. Here's hoping he finds the groove he is looking for.
Not everyone will enjoy this book. But I can think of several who will.
Have read or listened to just about everything he has written.
Right, rich, convincing.
Not sure I would.
Black as the night, light as the day. Brookmyre at his anarchistic, acerbic best.
Clever thriller with a believable protagonist - he's Black, he's Greek, he's adopted, it works.
Wouldn't change a thing.
This is one of my favourite books by Pelecanos.
Difficult to say which scene was my favourite. Probably him and his mom or the final shoot-out.
No doubt. Methinks there are plenty readers waiting for Spero Lucas to show up again.
Light, quick, plausible and well read.
Irving's earlier books drew one into a surreal reality that was simultaneously wickedly funny and disquietingly wise - Garp, Cider House Rules, Hotel New Hampshire come to mind, and Owen Meany, and Son of the Circus. In fact, all of them, the earlier ones.
Somewhere between then and now he seems to have lost that magical edge. "Last Night in Snowy River" was a little better than "Until I find you", but this last offering is probably the last I'll read. Which is seriously sad.
Wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
He should stop trying to be controversial and just tell us a story.
JBH is a great reader. His pace, inflections and voices always work. If it wasn't for his reading I wouldn't have finished the book.
Not a chance!
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