This is Peter May's second novel in his Lewis trilogy -- and certainly is a strong sequel to 'The BlackHouse'. This one is quite complex in the telling, with Tormod's account in first person cleverly interweaving with the third person investigation by Fin McCloud. Intriguing from the start to the final minutes!
Peter Forbes' narration brings Peter May's brilliant, dark mystery to life. The setting, the island of Lewis in northern Scotland, was fascinating. I couldn't put it down!
I thoroughly enjoyed Paretsky's novel, which forces V.I. back unwillingly to investigate a crime which happened in the 60s and may have involved her father. Unlike most detectives, Vic has a well-established social network and strong relationships which enrich the story considerably. Apart from the cleverly plotted story, Paretsky always intrigues me by bringing the city of Chicago itself to life.
Paretsky's novels are always very satisfying, as she chooses different social/political issues to investigate in each novel. In 'Hardball', police corruption in the 60s is the focus, and so Vic's life is under constant threat to the point where she finds it difficult to determine who she can trust. Maybe that sounds a bit cliched, but the strong characterisation and competing loyalties of many of the characters certainly held my interest.
I really enjoyed Liza Ross's ability to recreate characters with distinctive voices, particularly any scene with Vic's excitable, breathy niece Petra who is a nice foil for Vic's witty and sarcastic voice. By the end, there's a lot going on, but Ross is able to build to a riveting climax and also establish some thoughtful and rather poignant touches as she exposes many dark family secrets and decades-old injustices.
I found myself looking forward to my daily commute, knowing that I would be able to reconnect with V.I. in her often dangerous pursuit of truth.
Reading V.I. Warshawski novel is like catching up with a much-loved old friend -- so many of the characters reappear and are brought in to each story in different capacities. I was pleased to see that Vic has entered the computer age with a vengeance, yet still ultimately exercised her native intelligence and superior skills of detection.
Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games is a rivetting story and Carolyn McCormick's narration is excellent. She gives the many different characters very different accents and voices.I hadn't planned to continue to read the rest of the trilogy, but I find it irresistible now!
It's a little like 'The Truman Show', in that the spectacle of the victim/s is televised, and those in power manipulate events to create a spectacle and keep control of the world they oversee.
The last 2/3 of the novel is constantly exciting . The moment when she returns to the cornucopia in the central arena in a desperate bid to save Peeta's life is unforgettable.
With a 16 year old heroine, this story will undoubtedly appeal to all teen readers. What is fascinating is the way that Collins has created a sense of Panem as a complex futuristic world, in which the Hunger Games have become a horrifying yet tragically feasible element. As the media becomes more and more intrusive and powerful, it is just possible that it will be manipulated by powerful corporations and governments, to the detriment of individuals.
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