Joe Lansdale knocks it out of the park again with this very entertaining and fast moving novel. As a previous reviewer noted, it is rather like "Huckleberry Finn meets Deliverance," full of dark twists and turns. While I was not initially thrilled with the narration, I found either the narration improved considerably as time went on, or the story was so captivating it no longer bothered me.
Brothers Britt and Leo have settled into a comfortable routine running their successful restaurant in a small town. Enter brother Harry who shakes things up by coming back to town after having made the decision to open a small restaurant of his own in the same town. What does this mean to the family? Will Britt and Leo support his new endeavor? Will this be the wedge that drives the family apart? Having spent many years working in the restaurant business myself, I had many enjoyable deja vu moments in the depictions of the challenges of opening a new restaurant as well as the day to day operations of a restaurant. For me, it seemed very true to life how we sometimes resist and fight changes that can be opportunities for personal growth that, ultimately, enhance our lives.
There's something about the latest novels of Stephen King that translate so well to audio. The story was very engaging and the narrator, Will Patton, is first rate. The story opens with the horrific murders of innocent folks waiting in line at a job fair. Flash forward to retired detective Hodges. He has really never had any interests outside the job. When he retires, he spends his time eating too much, watching bad television and contemplating suicide. Our killer, Mr. Mercedes, unintentionally gives retired detective Hodges a new lease on life by giving him back his old case and a second chance to solve it. Good character development, nice plot twists, good triumphs over evil (most of the time), what's not to like?
Let me join hands with many other disappointed reviewers. I just hate it when a story with great promise winds down and down and down...until you reach the unsatisfying conclusion. That is just what happens here. I had a hard time sticking with this, but had invested so much time in #1 and #2 of the series, I felt like I just had to make it to the end.
Had I just stopped with "Divergent," I would have been better off.
I started with #2 in the Department Q series due to the positive reviews here, and look forward to listening to all the others soon! I enjoy a good revenge tale and found myself rooting for the perpetrator as well as the detectives. The narrative bounces back and forth in time, a strategy that works well for this story. The Department Q characters of Carl, Assad and Rose are all very well written and I look forward to spending more time with them while listening to other books in the series.
Unlike some other reviewers, I felt like the descriptions of crippling anxiety and hypochondria were pretty interesting. The story concept was also unique and interesting. I found the heroine of the story very tiresome as the narrative progressed. I really liked the first part of the book and then it went...where? Maybe it was just my lack of interest in the main character. I felt disappointed overall, but I did make it all the way through.
There are so many good books out there in the urban fantasy genre, don't waste your time on this one. It was so dull, I found my mind constantly wandering as I checked over and over again to see if I was any closer to the end. The conclusion of the book was, to put it nicely, anti-climactic. I was sucked in by the many positive reviews, but I was just bored, bored, bored and had a hard time understanding some of the dialogue due to the accent of the narrator.
Really enjoyed all the many hours involved in listening to this novel. This is one of those "best books" recommendations that was right on target. I liked the many narrators and the way it helped when listening to divide the stories of each generation of the family.
The good reviews sucked me in to listening to this rather tedious book. I found the main character to be generally unlikeable and, honestly, couldn't have cared less about what happened to her. The "surprising" ending I had been expecting was pretty anti-climactic and I was just happy to have it all end. Although well written, I can't say this was a particularly captivating story.
So if you were wondering whatever happened to the young boy in The Shining (one of my all time favorite "popcorn" book reads), here's your answer. I must admit that, initially, I really disliked this book and hated what the author did with the main character, but the story got more and more interesting and I found that I was really enjoying it a few hours in. I still think Stephen King could use a good editor to pare down his sometimes excessive prose, but overall found that I really enjoyed this book. Narration was decent and the many hours I listened went by fairly rapidly.
This is an interesting twist on the creepy apartment building story, and not one I was expecting! Although very far fetched, I did enjoy the story and found myself entertained throughout. Overall, however, I don't think I can give it more than 4 stars.
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