This is actually the first book I've met that would really have been helped by being abridged. I think they would have removed a great deal of the chess stuff and it would have ended up being a better story for it. As it ended up, it could have been any items so all the endless chess storyline was really not necessary to the story and incredibly boring to people who don't like chess.
I was so looking forward to finding what happened to Danny after he grew up and the story started in the right direction then went down a raunchy road then went right off the road all together. I had to leave the room for a few minutes and when I came back in they were talking about vampires of all things and I was all ready getting pretty fed up with the raunch level that was all over this story. Now I was completely at a loss. I feel like I was a victim of bait and switch. I bought a book that was supposed to continue on with a story that I was familiar with and was slipped another sell out, cliche' vampire story. That's where i quit and asked for my money back. If this is Kings idea of a follow up to the shining, he has completely lost it. He shouldn't have even tried. He let them screw with the book with bad casting and horrid screen writing on the movie version -Twice! Now this. Please just let that wonderful book stand alone as one of the scariest pieces of writing I've ever read and stop trying to turn it into something it should apparently never be.
I would first like to mention Katherine Kellgren's performance which I think is top notch! She absolutely puts me in the place you need to be in to understand the royal "thing". I love the story and the constant humor that finds it's way into every turn of the page so to speak. I often find myself laughing out loud as I listed to these books. Keep them coming!
While I really enjoyed the first book and will continue to enjoy the series, I was seriously annoyed by the princess character in this book. She was whiney and immature through the whole thing and I was really hoping that she would get bumped off and I did figure out the twist concerning her fairly early on which made her even more annoying. Georgie is as always a class act.
This was very different for me. I usually go for more mainstream type mysteries and thrillers. I got pulled in from the beginning and just kind of got cought up and had to find out where the story was going. I enjoyed the turns and twists and even though some of it was a bit predictable, it still had moments of discovery that were unexpected. Overall, it was a different and interesting story that I would recomend to a select group of friends with open minds who like stories that don't always head in the same direction.
This book is not quite as good as the last and that not quite as good as the first but Matthew is still a character that I will never tire of. He has the best of every great detective in him and in every adventure he showes his determination to do the right thing at any cost. This book as with the others leads the reader down dark paths and on a wild ride that is hard to let go of till the end. I can't wait for the next one!
This is the second book in the Matthew Corbett series and it was perhaps not quite as powerful as the first, but in no way a let down. I haven't been so impressed with an author in a very long time and now I'm equally impressed with Mr Ballerini for bringing Matthew and all the characters in the series to such bold and colorful life. I look forward to the next books as well.
It actually took a while for me to get into this book. Several chapters in I was thinking boring... then the pace started to pick up and stuff began happening and I loved the reactions from everyone. It was hard to remember that this was about a royal with everthing that was going on behind the sceens and she was so practical about her situation. I loved it and by the end I was ready to look for more. I guess this is why I stick with a book that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. sometimes it never does pick up and you end up wasting a bit of time with a stinker but then there are the times when you stick it out and discover that the prize for your persistence is a hidden treasure.
Though I was looking for a good Rizzoli and Isles story and did not find it here, The Bone garden did offer a good mystery read with lots of twists and turns. I am not crazy about jumps back and forth from past to present but I have been getting a lot of them lately and am getting used to them. overall, this was worth the time put into it and I was happy with the storyline. The performance was pretty good.
I have recommended this book to many people because it is so unique and insightful into a dark past that shows it's ugly face even now on occasion in the ignorance and greed that still flourishes in dark corners everywhere. This author has done his homework and created a vivid and sometimes too colorful image of a time that intrigues people still today. This really is a huge book but it goes so fast. It really kept me guessing the whole way through and even had me understanding in some wierd way the reasoning behind finding witches guilty even when it was not the perfered decision.
When Mathew goes into the barn for a second time knowing full well what will happen if he is discovered but also knowing that what ever is hidden there is necessary to find. That whole barn sceen and how it keeps popping up through the rest of the story is a hoot..
Mathew is outstanding and a clear favorite for being so forward thinking and not so easily fooled or led but understanding that he needs to play the role when necessary and bide his time till he can make the proper move.
When Mrs Nettles helps Mathew even though she knows it may be the death of him.
I am so happy to find there is a sequel.. will be following this author!
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