I have read all the Kay Scarpetta novels and have enjoyed most of them. However, this last novel, Kay seems to be a complaining, somewhat souless character. Her attitude to Marino, who used to be a good friend is always angry, her relationship with Lucy seems somewhat disconnected, as wtih Bently. And when the villain is finally identified, it is almost as if Ms Cornwall had no idea who should be in this role, and quickly selected a character we had not met before in the story. So all in all this novel seems discordant and disconnected.
One of the other reviewers actually captured the essence of this story best of all "An OCD stalked by a Psychopath". The story is a classic one of woman abused, runs away, and never knows when the stalker will appear - however the twist is that the stalker is a psycho. The author really captures how domestic violence is a gradual and ensnaring, so that as it builds the abused does not see the escalation for what it is, and how the abuser is a master manipulator, isolating the abused partner so that she appears to be the crazy- when in fact she isn't. The only complaint I have about this book are that there is far too much detail about sex, that does not really do anything to add to the story, in fact it gets to be too repetitive and irritating - hence the 3 stars.
This novel not only presents a story that reveals Italian culture, and the Italian legal system, but it also focuses on the meaning of life - all well blended into a legal suspense story that keeps you engaged all the way through. The characters grow and develop as the story moves along and you grow the really identify and like the hero, even though when the novel starts you are not really sure if you do. Really well written, great plot line, and hope when there is none!. Well worth a listen!
The pace in this novel keeps you listening - it is an interesting mix of thriller and the supernatural, leaving you with mind over matter at the end of the tale. Classic Dean Koontz - well written, and Steven Weber brings this story to life.
I really love reading Nevada Barr's Ranger Pigeon thrillers. The Rope, like all the other Ranger Pigeon series is set in one of the US National Parks, so not only do you get have suspense you get to live the great outdoors with Anna Pigeon, Barr, keeps you guessing all the way to the end as to who the murderer is, and you would never guess the right answer! The way the novel is written you can just see the scenery and Anna Pigeon is so practical and down to earth that you cannot help but to like her and champion her all the way through. A really great read!
Set in an earlier time period, this thriller starts off well, but then winds into an implausible storyline with love affairs at the root of all the vagaries of the different characters. It feels as though the author missed the mark quite widely so this ends up being just another period story with some strange and improbable twists. Not worth the credit.
This mystery with Inspector Armande Gamache is a both a good read and a charming insight into the Canadian culture - both French and Anglo. The type of mystery somewhat reminds me of the Agatha Christie mysteries in that the story is built around a village, and the inspector and sidekick are very likeable and astute characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the change of pace from more graphically violent thrillers, which BTW I also enjoy reading. I am now a dedicated follower of Inspector Gamache.
Fast paced thriller, man pitting wits against technology makes for a really good listen! At times in this novel you find yourself unsure whether what the heroes are experiencing is real or just computerized visions. Well worth a read.
This is not just a police procedural novel that keeps you tied in with suspense. It is also a wonderful story about a dog and a man and how they help each other come out of the depths of their personal despair. If you like dogs and like thrillers this is a must read. I loved it. Robert Crais paints real life characters with very real emotions and you can relate to them every step of the way.
I really enjoyed this book - the characters were believable, and people you could relate to - either liking or disliking them. The suspense keeps building throughout the book. I generally do not like anything that is "supernatural" or futuristic - but this book had me because by the time I found out what the climax of the suspense was all about, I was completely involved. Reminds me a bit of the TV show "Lost". The narrator, Ray Porter, does an excellent job with all the different voices - the accents, the personalities come alive as he narrates.
The premise of the stroy is very believable and really gives you pause for thought. The events in this book could well be in our near future. The only weakness for me, was the romance thrown in - not really necessary, hence i dropped the overall and story ratings to 4 stars. This one had me listening, keen to know what was coming next!
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