I really enjoyed this book, up until the last twenty minutes or so. Without spoiling the ending, all I can say is that one character acts radically out of character, in a way that really spoiled it for me. A storyline should be guided by its characters, so if an author wants an outcome that is inconsistent with the character, the author should either provide a very good explanation for the character's unexpected reversal or just rewrite the character. That character was caricature anyway. A lazy ending to an outstanding book. Actually, if the book had just consisted of the first half, I would probably have given it 5 stars. What a shame.
With a more talented writer this could have been pretty enjoyable. Obviously the premise is contrived, nearly ridiculous, but I was willing to suspend disbelief. I just would have felt better about spending time listening to this if it was better written. However, if you need something to listen to and don't have a credit, it might be worth a try.
I love Val McDermid's books. This one is fine, but not as good as most of the rest of the series. The frustrated relationship between the protagonists is getting a bit frustrating. The way this ended, I'm not certain if the series is continuing. Regardless of whether it's another in this series or another stand-alone novel, I can't wait to read the next thing McDermid writes.
The first book in this series was the best, the second book the second best, etc. That said, this one is still quite good--no question the author is talented--but I hope this trend reverses, because I'm caring less about these characters over the course of the series, not more.
There aren't a lot of books that pull off writing in the second person, but Lucy Christopher does a reasonably good job of it. Surprisingly good, actually. It was an enjoyable book. Even at times when the symbolism was a touch heavy-handed, I didn't really mind because the author has a talent for scene setting, and doesn't belabor her metaphors. She managed to maintain some degree of suspense up through the end, and pulled off a risky style, so kudos to her. The synopsis of her other book sounds horrifyingly trite, but this one is worth a listen.
I have loved almost every book in this series, so I am really irritated and disappointment in this one. It is at heart just a cliched, conservative, anti-Federal Employee screed. He portrays them all as quasi-Nazis (I'm just doing my job, and don't care what that is or who it hurts) or contemptible morons, and he displays serious ignorance in his characterization of their work to pay ratio, job-security, etc. Normally Box writes 3-dimensional characters, but in Breaking Point not so much.
This book reminds me of Tana French's books, which is mostly a good thing. It has an interesting plot but is very character driven. I sort of wish at least one of the characters was moderately likeable, but they're all pretty awful. Well written, well developed characters, but I wouldn't want to have a beer with a single one of them.
This story centered on one of the most interesting methods for murder I've ever encountered, and I've read a lot of suspense novels (not to mention film and TV). It was frightening and memorable. I wish Audible had more from this author (in English translation).
The synopsis sounded dull, particularly because I have no interest in reality TV, but this book was up to Val McDermid's standards. Very character-driven, but with plenty of plot twists. I expect a lot from Val McDermid, and this did not disappoint.
Lots of twists, and although I did accurately predict the end it could have plausibly turned out a couple of different ways. It appealed to my love of a good conspiracy theory, and was pretty well written. The author could improve the way he writes female characters, but they weren't any more offensive or unrealistic than most suspense novels. The book definitely exceeded my expectations, and if the author had other novels that weren't about ghosts I would listen to them.
I wanted to like this book, but the male protagonist of the series came across as both unintelligent and arrogant. I found his character in the first book interesting, and the plots of both books are creative, but his condescension to his partner in the second book of the series really turned me off. I might try one more book in the series, but the protagonist needs an attitude adjustment in the next one or I'll be done with this author.
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