…not because I didn’t like the book – I liked it a lot - but because my review won’t tell you anything about the story.
If you are already a fan, you don’t need my help; you already know the series is great.
I am driving through the last few titles I haven’t read to get caught up with the series: K, S, A, T, C, Q, U, L, N, V, M, R, J, I, P, A (again), B, and D done. E, F, G, H, and O to go!
W is already on pre-order.
I’m currently combing through my “old” bookshelves looking for books to reread that I have forgotten all about in an effort to save a few bucks.
I read this one in 2007; I don’t know why I only gave it 1 star, I would say it deserves at least 3 and I love Geroge Guidall as the narrator so he gets a minimum of 4 stars by default! I must have been in a bad mood.
I liked the way the investigation unfolded, I found the plot was intriguing and it kept me guessing to the end… In an oversimplified nutshell: an investigation into a missing person in the aftermath of a plane crash uncovers a cold case from the 70s.
My only criticism is that there was a TON of tedious exposition; I think the plot was explained and re-explained and re-re-explained over a dozen times. “Let me see if I understand” “So what you’re saying is” “Here’s what we’ve determined so far”… Normally I would appreciate this kind of recapping because my mind wanders a lot, but I really didn’t need THIS MUCH; it was so blatant that it became funny!
This is book 16 in a series that is now up to 22 installments. I liked the characters enough to try the series from the start, however this book felt a little dated so we’ll see if I persevere or just continue on as of book 17. I like the idea of a good go-to series and I hope this is one of them.
I read this book back in 2006 (9 years ago) but since I didn’t remember anything about it, it was like a free book! I rated it 2 stars back then, but this time I would give it 3.
Part legal drama & part CSI thriller, it was suspenseful and intriguing – not really a whodunit, more like a howwillhegetcaught.
This is Book 4 in a series and I am curious about other books, I went back to the start and added book 1 (Wild Justice) to my wishlist… I’m hoping it will be a good legal thriller. We’ll see!
Thanks to my lousy memory and my desire to save a few bucks, I decided to go back into my Audible archives and re-read books that I forgot all about... but there is a flaw in my plan. I think perhaps I forgot about this book (read about 9 years ago) because it's not good!! I rated it 2 stars at the time and I think that was pretty generous.
A TV anchor gets suspicious after a 5 people from the same family are murdered and she decided to investigate. OK, good idea... but man oh man the execution is simplistic!
I remember reading Sydney Sheldon in the 80s, books like "Master of the Game" "Rage of Angels" "Windmills of the Gods" and being enthralled.... but was I glued to those stories because I was a teenager and did not know better or is his early stuff just superior??? This book does not feel like it was written by a 'giant' in the pop-literary world; the plot twists are banal, it feels amateurish and it's beyond believable. This story is SO EASY to pick apart! It's is full of questionable human judgement and by that I don't mean that the characters make bad decisions, I mean that on multiple occasions I thought to myself "real people don't act that way". The book is low on the plausibility scale.
For example: Dana goes to Aspen to investigate a fire, her cover story is: "I'm writing an article about ski resort fires". I laughed out loud. Suuuuuure, ok, great cover, totally believable (not!). She discovers that the fire was electrical, and that an electrician had just been to the house the day before, and then the day after the fire the electrician disappeared!!! Wait, the police didn't connect the dots? Thank goodness for our intrepid TV anchor! Another example is when she discovers that a witness to an accident was blind. Please - The world is not THIS full of bumbling police.
Also, the secondary story line where Dana's fiancé takes off to Florida to nurse his ex through her struggle with cancer is preposterous.
I think I know what attracted me to the book in 2006; I like reading books set in foreign cities I have visited and this one promised to cover Paris, Moscow and Brussels to name a few - but her globetrotting was absurd. Flying all the way around the world just to ask a guy a question? Please.
To enjoy the story, don't bother with logic or common sense ... just go for the ride.
I am notoriously bad at remembering names from one chapter to the next under normal circumstances, so imagine how bad I am when I have to remember who is whom and why they matter in a story that has only 1 instalment per year!!
In my review of Book 4 I wrote that before starting Book 5 I would give myself a little Wikipedia Reminder… it didn’t really help. (By the way, I also discovered that Book 5 is not the final instalment anymore, Archer is planning Book 6 and 7!)
Ultimately, it didn’t matter that I forgot just about everything because Archer’s style is like a collection of vignettes and shorts stories within a longer more sweeping story so I just took them all at face value and enjoyed them for that they were. I also figured that if something was really super important to remember, the author would hopefully provide enough exposition to jog my memory.
Not a very helpful review I know, but by now if you are up to Book 5 in the series you don’t need my input; you’ll read it no matter what I think!
See you next year for book 6 (I predict the same type of review for that one!)
This book was a HUGE disappointment!!
I downloaded it on impulse after skimming over some promising reviews. I saw hopeful things like: “Downton Abbey” “Sweeping Saga” “Kate Morton” … what could go wrong?
GROAN. So. Not. Good. I was expecting Kate Morton and instead got Danielle Steel.
None of the characters are interesting, in fact they are maddening flat and cliché. Take our heroine for example, Clemmy. Ugh, that NAME! Clemmy, I hate it! It sounds like clammy. She is a modern super woman, but not too perfect since she has a crappy love life. Awww, good, now we mortals can relate to her and her silk hot pink lacy underwear. (When packing for a business trip to London, on a whim she decides to forgo the white cotton and be more risqué - was the point of that??? So dumb.)
Through Clappy, ...sorry – Clemmy, we discover the story of her beloved Granny Addie (ugh – too cutesy) in a series of flashbacks mixed in with modern day revelations. This style of storytelling can be really good IF THE MYSTERY IS INTERESTING.
I suppose you can say there are two “big events” in the story but I don’t want to give too much away. The first regards someone’s true identity and when Clippy, ...sorry – Clemmy, discovers the hidden secret she’s supposed to be angry and outraged and incensed, but instead she comes across more petulant than anything else which makes the whole story ten times more ridiculous. The second involves a disappearance and never really got juicy.
I won’t even bother getting into criticizing the romances (Climpy’s, sorry – Clemmy’s, and Addie’s) because in all fairness I find romances boring anyway.… suffice it to say it was not very original and kinda predictable.
I was ready to give up half way through and ask for my money back, but changed my mind and decided to hate-read it instead since I was not in the mood for anything else.
This book would make good material for a drinking game: every time Cloppy, ...sorry – Clemmy, thinks “there was something about the way ______” take a sip!! Equally easy for every time she gets a “prickly feeling on her skin” … it happened so often I began to wonder if the poor woman had a skin disease!!
Clearly, this book did nothing for me aside from providing me with perverse entertainment.
I liked this story and I like this style of cop-drama (more psychological mystery-thriller, less maniacal serial-killer blood-lust) but I still had a few issues with the book:
•Not enough exposition regarding the reoccurring characters - the “Simon & Charlie” storyline.
This series was recommended to me by a friend, and when I saw that Books 1 & 2 (Little Face & Hurting Distance) were not available on Audible, I asked her if I could start with Book 3. She said yes so I dove in not knowing anything about it. If you are wondering whether you can start with Book 3, I would say no. I felt lost regarding their arc and had no real idea what their story was all about. I read the synopsis of the first 2 books to try and fill in the blanks but it was not that helpful.
•I SUCK AT NAMES!
If like me you have a hard time keeping names in stories straight, I urge you to pay extremely close attention because the plot centers around false identities & fake names... very difficult for me!
Aside from that, I think I will like this series. The mysteries seem very interesting... enough to keep going for now at least.
I really like this Liane Moriarty, this is the 4th book I have read and they have all been great so far (Little Big Lies, The Husband’s Secret and What Alice Forgot). This one was no exception, even thought I was never really sure what the point was.
It was a glimpse into the lives of 3 women – their ups and downs, husbands, babies, neurosis… the soap opera of life!
It was all very entertaining but it sort of lacked a beginning a middle and an ending. Still, it didn’t take away from the enjoyment; it was a fun story and I am looking forward to the next one!
In my opinion, Robert Sawyer is terrific. Every book is a hit every time.
This time however, I have a lot to complain about – but it’s not directed at Sawyer, it’s regarding the narration. Absolutely the WORST interpretation of a French Canadian accent I have ever heard. Hands down.
I live in Montreal, I do speak French, I am surrounded on a daily basis with French Canadians speaking English. This guy obviously never set foot in Quebec! His accent is so comically bad that it’s doing this otherwise compelling story a huge disservice. Really, it’s distractingly bad. (At the risk of being perceived as a lunatic, I even wrote to Robert Sawyer about it in case he has some sort of creative control over these things for future books).
French Canadians ‘tok da en-glish like diss’. I promise you ‘Zay do not zound lika zizz’ ... (if you will allow me a tangent, they don’t speak English, they talk English. They don’t make decisions, they take decisions. They don’t turn off the light, they close the light. But those details are not related to their accent, and I can understand how Sawyer would not want to include a lot of phraseology that only a small percentage of readers would understand)
If you aren’t Canadian or if you just don’t know what a Quebecois accent sounds like then you probably weren’t distracted. If like me, you are Quebecois – then you were annoyed and irritated the entire way through.
When a French Canadian speaks English, The = da. This = Diss. They drop Hs when they should be there, and add them where they shouldn’t be, for example:
I am happy to see you = “I am appy to see you”
How are you = “Ow are you”
It’s so hot outside = “It’s so ott hhoutside”
Happy Birthday = “Appy Birdday”
Can I ask you a question = “Can I hhask you a question”
That guy always thinks he’s right = “Dat guy hhalways tinks ee is right”
Is that her book over there = “is dat err book hhoe-verr derr”
I won’t even get into examples of how they put the emphasis on the wrong syllable, more towards the end of the word – naturally where it would be in French.
All this to say, the story was excellent but the narration disappointed me immensely.
I’m an early bird, and therefore I’m usually in bed by 9PM – sometimes earlier. The fact that was I was up until 11PM finishing the book should give you a pretty good indication of how into it I was!!
It’s so satisfying to get your hands on a good book and being so immersed by the story that you devour it in just a few sittings (would have been one if I didn’t have to work!)
The book had me on the edge of my seat, constantly wondering where it was going and what would happen next. It was gripping, enthralling and suspenseful; a great riveting thriller!!!
This was the perfect book for my mood. After plodding though “Crime and Punishment”, I needed a light pick me up and this collection of comical essays did the trick!
Regarding the performance, just like in “When You Are Engulfed In Flames” the laughs in the live-stand-up-speeches are BEYOND irritating.
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