No one would guess that I am addicted to gritty police and legal thrillers, but I am. This was my first Shane Scully book and it was a fun read. No, it wasn't in the category of the Harry Bosch series, but I am familiar with the author's TV series so I expected as much. I was a bit confused in the beginning by the main character's role as a dirty cop but it was explained quickly. The plot of an entire police force being corrupt with no oversight was a stretch but I enjoyed the book nevertheless. I will definitely check out the other books in the Scully series.
I absolutely LOVED this book! I simply could not wait to listen and found excuses to "put my ears in". There were a few slow moments and a few times I said out loud "yeah, right!" as if something like that would really happen, but more often than not it was an amazing ride (and I mean RIDE). I find nothing better in a book than being totally absolutely shocked by the characters and once this happened in Gone Girl Gone I was hooked! It really is true that you never know what happens behind closed doors (or crazy minds!). I must admit I was a bit disappointed by the ending but also hopeful that there could possibly, maybe be a sequel where everyone gets what they deserve.
I always look forward to Karin Slaughter books and this was no exception. I was so excited to listen to this one I basically walked around my house for 2 days listening (to the chagrin of my husband!). The one thing people need to understand about Slaughter's books is that they aren't a nice quiet evening read while drinking a mint julep on the porch....you tend to get way involved and her books are INTENSE! There were several story lines in this book beside the Will/Sara story and each one stood well on its own, regardless of how disturbing they were. This story spans 40 years so if you are a person who dislikes back and forth writing - this isn't for you. I personally enjoyed learning more about the past and watching it weaved brilliantly into the present. We learned more about Will Trent's troubled background and what brought him to the GBI. I was surprised but appreciated the honesty regarding the police view on women in the 1970's. She did not hold back on that subject. Many reviewers tend to explain the book and characters in detail so I won't do that. My thoughts - if you want an intense, sometimes cringeworthy thriller with abuse, racism, sexism, childhood pain and adult reality this is a GREAT read!
I absolutely loved this book and hated for it to end. Franzen did a brilliant job of weaving the evolution of characters in and out of periods of strength, selfishness, weakness and home again. No, I didn't like all of the characters, but isn't that the way real life is? There is nothing better than starting a novel disliking a character and in the end loving them and respecting the road they traveled and not judging them for it. The only reason for 4 stars is that the voice of the Indian character voice was truly grating. Other than that an easy 5 stars.
This was my first Bryce Courtenay books, but will not be my last. I had a very hard time getting started with this book, but that is mainly because I am used to listening to books that do not require me to pay attention. How refreshing. I found myself laughing out loud at James and singing hymns with Brother Fish. I would highly recommend this book - just hang in there through the first part and it quickly picks up and takes you away. I can't wait to listen to his other books.
I loved this book. I had never heard of the book or the author, but was told by a good friend that it was worth the read (or listen). She was so right. I found myself drawn in immediately and found myself turning on my ipod to listen while fixing dinner or even folding clothes. The ending did seem a bit unfinished but I have since learned the book is the first in a trilogy. I can't wait until the next book is released. How sad the author passed before this book received its deserved accolades. I definitely recommend.
Loved this audiobook! I usually figure out the plot in the first quarter of a book but not this one. What may have been confusing for others was a thrill for me. I found myself sitting in the driveway for 30 minutes after I turned the car off. THAT is the reason I never bring an audiobook inside, I would never get anything done. The only sections I didn't like were the file note reviews - they lasted forever and I tended to tune out. Other than that it would have been five stars. I highly recommend this one.
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