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Unlike many other reviewers, I like the slow building of the complexity of these characters and the slight meandering of the overall plot of this group of books about the deteriorating of Kate Scarpetta's work in Virginia and what she does next. They do end abruptly, I admit, but together they feel linked and compelling and rich to me.
If you already love the Pendergast books this will knock your socks off. How these guys (Preston and Childs), can have rejuvenated this series so far into their ongoing story, is completely amazing and unexpected. Blue Labyrinth is rich and surprising and totally satisfying. Just read it.
For some reason, Colin Coterill's series reminds me a bit of Alexander McCall Smith's, No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, books. It's something about the way both authors invite us to have a charming and intimate look at life in very particular, very foreign worlds. In Colin Coterill's case,Thailand rather than Smith's Botswana.
Guided by remarkable Jimm Juree, a young, out of work crime reporter, we are invited on her unofficial investigations while she navigates, assisted by her Grandfather, both bizarre and disturbing crimes with the background of becoming increasingly intimate with every member of her hilarious family.
The author's wry humor saturates the book, gently introducing us to a world that is exotic and destitute, and richly delightful.
This is unlike any of Stephan White's other books. Dr. Alan Gregory is not a main character and we meet him only a few times, though his roll is central to the unfolding of the story.
The central question of the book is pertinent to everyone's life and much of the rich discomfort within the story is because it is so close to home. It is not a perfect book and there are moments that are annoying because they fit too easily. But, once I got through the first couple of chapters I was completely hooked. "Kill Me" has a satisfyingly superficial protagonist and a soulful deuteragonist (can that really be the right word?) who both change convincingly and unexpectedly, dragging the reader through truly intense suspense before finishing the book in a completely satisfying wrap up with almost no loose ends. Read it. It's disturbing, original, soulful and fun.
I got Windup Girl in one of the $4.95 sales with little expectation attached. But this book has a kind of spark and soulfulness mixed with a touch of Blade Runner, that is worth listening to. Although at the time I thought the author's introduction was unnecessary, it came to have more meaning for me as I got deeper into the book. Don't give up too soon with this book as the early pages are completely bewildering. Hang in there and you will be glad you did.
We cringe at the thoughts and actions of the main character, Erin, as she narrates this thriller. Her prim behavior and her priggishness misunderstanding of others is excruciating, though we do come to appreciate her rude brusqueness and even, eventually to endorse her point of view.
The story is complex and often graphic and it leads us all down a twisted and layered unfolding of events. When we, as listeners, have finally untangled all of the horrifying murders, undercurrents and hidden relationships and are genuinely pleased with ourselves and with Erin for being so clever, we discover that we and worst of all the protagonist who we have come to admire protectively, have all been utterly duped.
The Australian accents of the reader enrich this complex and oddly charming story which, especially if you are a painter you will enjoy on many levels. There seem to be echoes of Joyce Cary's (no relation) "The Horse's Mouth" and "Herself surprised" from the 1930's, if anyone has read those. A dance of overlapping streams of consciousness by the two brothers reminded me of the style of the other Cary's novels. Very satisfying.
Ok, I listened to the whole thing because I'm too cheap not to, but this book, from the name of the main male character (Law Kincaid) to the inclusion of every knee-jerk, tear-jerk situation, was silly and insulting. Another reviewer says the book's "really old," which may explain why Sandra Brown's work seems to range so widely from truly gripping to totally absurd. This book is the latter.
The story is ambling, quirky and completely satisfying. The reader is superb.
That's it. It is the best "mystery" I've listened to in ages. I heartily recommend it to anyone who is becoming bored with their choices in this category.
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