I enjoyed the book, but found the conflict situations a little strange until it hit me that the female author was assuming male reactions and assigning emotions to them. Unless the Irish are a bit more feminine than I ever thought, it doesn't ring true. Pass on this one unless you like a mild murder mystery.
Considering this was free, I wasn't expecting much. I was surprised--the story line was interesting and flowed nicely to the conclusion. The author avoided the trap of expanding the storyline too much. The reader played the lead character well.
Contrived plot, predictable action, and a gratutious love "dilemma" make this one of the worst books I've ever read. Unfortunately, was on a trip and forgot to download any other books, so I was stuck with this or the radio.
Radio would have been a better choice, in retrospect.
I rated this a three because it kept moving and the reader did a good job. Was a credible theory, but character development just wasn't up to King standards. The ending was poor--guess King needed to tie in the spiritualism that Lenny so fraudulently portrayed.
Repetitive battles took up a lot of time and pages, but added nothing to the story. The character Ehren was ignored when he could have been developed a lot more. Maybe the loss of a few of the authors favorite characters would have made it less predictable.
Its unusual because it is so bad. The writing sounds like him, but the notion of "subtext" and how he tries to relate it to the story really doesn't work. If you like Koontz and don't want to see him at his worse, avoid this one.
Grisham has done better. He had an opportunity here to really show what corporate America and insurance companies are doing to this country and decided to make write a "so what--learn to live with it" piece. I kept waiting for someone to step up and ACT, for gosh sakes, but it never happened. If this story was supposed to stir us to action, Grisham would make a poor coach. Didn't make me want to write my Congressman, or even go to vote.
True to the Sequel Curse, this one isn't worth the effort. Too bad, too, because I really liked the other literary world books by this author. This one is definitely not in the "good to go" book category, and will probably be forever consigned to "best left on the shelf."
Okay, so the book started kind of slow and I wasn't really sure what had happened to Mr. King. I hadn't heard anything about the book before getting it, so I thought maybe a new outlook on writing was in the offing. And then, it hit. The King mystique that does it all with just a hint and let's you do the imagination part. Much better than some of his recent efforts that try to shock it to you.
As the second in the series, some background was needed to help a reader who missed the first book, but it wasn't overwhelming. This book expanded Dexter's character and included some very nice twists. The narrator does a nice job of presenting the emotionless Dexter without being totally apathetic to the action.
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