Gillian Flynn's high praise in reviews pulled me in and was what encouraged me to take a chance on this book. I can see why Gillian Flynn enjoyed it for I saw many similarities in their styles.
You will be shocked when I tell you that the ending of this book is the books weakness. It doesn't end badly, just not very inventive, surprising or powerful. Kind of ho hum. Don't let that stop you though. All the other parts of the book are mind blowing. The fact that this is the author's debut novel will have me watching her for years to come.
A large cast of complex and deep characters that range from 13 years old to 60. They are cleverly woven in such an impressive manner. The author really nailed each character "spot on". Cassandra Campbell was just masterful in her narration. Together they really spoke for those characters and brought them to life. Not a weak or boring one in the bunch.
How the author chains one character to another was keen and my favorite part. It's pure art how she did that. The author draws for you one character then hints to you the possible connection to a previous character in such a teasing slow method that allows you to slowly think ahead or assume that you have seen the relationship - sometimes you get ahead of yourself and you are wrong, other times you see it coming. A stunning novel.
I quite enjoyed Lisa Scottoline's Keep Quiet. Not a complex story but, one that easily allows the reader quickly jump into and immerse themselves for a interesting ride.
A modern day family's life will forever be changed when one of them make a poor split second decision. Once the decision has been made it's interesting to watch the ripples of effect and the far reaching impact. I personally did not find this the slightest bit predictable. I would have never seen the end at any point along the way. It's well thought out and very true to life.
Ron Livingston's performance was so wonderful that it was transparent. A narrator that can allow the reader to be so into the story that they don't even consider that, is doing it perfectly.
This novel was great company that left me contemplating it's story long after the last word.
I looked forward to the end of the book, through most of this book. Only finishing because of my concern for the infant. The story held no interest to me.
Emma Donoghue chose to write about an actual unsolved murder mystery that took place in 1876 in San Francisco, using historic characters. The story centers around a French burlesque dancer struggling to stay alive after the murder of her unorthodox friend, Jenny Bonnet, a women locally well known for her crime of wearing pants. It's a dark world of prostitutes, baby farms, a factual small pox epidemic during an unrelenting heat wave. It sounds like a great story right? The author found an interesting topic but, she just did not deliver.
The characters are shallow, one dimensional and unconnected. They don't interacted or have conversations. They talk at one another - often in trite platitudes. The Jenny character sounds like a cartoon rootin'tootin' cowboy spitting one nonsensical adages after another and she's got a million of them. I was glad to see her demise...but, she kept coming back throughout the book. Blanche and her revolving maternal instinct. Hard to get around a woman who claims to have a deep bond then contemplates allowing her worst enemy to raise him in the next breath.
Here is why listen to this book on Audible made it even worse - 1)Half the characters have French accents. 2)The story switches between the beginning of these two woman's friendship - to the end of their relationship - to before their relationship - not in chapters or even paragraphs, but in sentences. I am thinking that the written text uses italics when the main character, Blanche refers back to the previous time from one sentence to another, then three sentences later is back to referring about events at the end of their relationship. That just does not show up when someone is reading to you. The listener is constantly listening for the tense of the verbiage or the action of the characters to try to determine where the story is. It's maddening. Khristine Hvam did all she could to translate this into an audible book - but, you can only do so much.
Mortal Bonds by Michael Sears is the second of a continuing series of two with hopefully many more to come. I fortunately grabbed the first as part of a 'first of a series' audible sale. What a gem. This is the reason that such a sale is a win/win for everyone. I will be a fan of Michael Sears for years to come.
Jason Stafford is a disgraced Wall Street trader turned financial investigator after a memorable prison stint. In Mortal bonds our hero chases a billion dollars that have vanished in the demise of a Ponzi-schemer. Stafford’s private life is equally complicated as he juggles his occupation with that of his autistic son, an ex-wife, a girlfriend and a host of other enjoyable characters in his life.
The secondary education received from this piece of recreational reading was as much a plus as is Michael Sears sense of humor.
John Beford Lloyd just did not do it for me though as narrator ….. with this book. I am sure with the right vehicle he would be superb.. Erik Bergmann, whom read Black Friday - the first in the series, was a truer Stafford. Lloyd has a “snootier” voice and delivery which made the pedestrian events in John Stafford's life little less believable and more trite.
Have you ever read one of Richard’s reviews? They’re epic – look him up.
I don’t often spend the time to write reviews on books that have a plethora of reviews or on books that have been around for a while. If I can’t sell it differently – I don’t bother I had to write one, or try to sell, this book because the number of reviews this currently has gotten just does NOT reflect what a fine work it is. Best book I have read in months.
This book grabs your attention from the first page and doesn’t let go to the end. At no time did I have time to think that the author needed to pick up the pace, forget this part, and move ahead – like I often do. I was on task and involved from beginning to end. I couldn’t wait to get back to it at each opportunity. If I didn’t understand a part or wasn’t clear, I went back to listen again – few books do I hang on every word.
This book does for bonds and stock brokers what John Grisham did, in his early good years, for lawyers. Showed us the other side, – the human side, of the a group of people and/or profession. I learned quite a bit about a whole profession I was clueless about (stocks, bonds, inside trading). Mr. Sears made it so interesting.. Romantic even.
Our hero also had quite a few other things going on that were just as educational and entertaining. One is that he parents an autistic son. I became so attached to that child and HIS storyline. So much so that I am spending a full credit right after I get off here to read the next in the series. I am so sorry this isn’t currently the first in the series of twelve.
Michael Sears sure made a fan in me. Erik Bergman is perfection. A man that can do expensive suits and autistic children in the same sentence at such a high level should be rewarded.
A fine example of why Anne Quindlen is so enormously popular. I prefer her fiction and boy, she did a great job with this one. She paints a story with her words that makes you see the picture more clear as the story develops. Weather conditions made it possible for me to start this book the day I purchased it . I could not put it down and frankly will reread this before starting anything else.
I identified with the protagonist. I am betting that the popularity of this novel will follow that of the age of reader. Middle aged and older readers will be the ones that most identify, understand and enjoy this beautiful novel. Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a story of a woman that once again finds herself at another transitional point in her life. She never expected to be reinventing herself at this point in her life, but she is, so she moves forward allows serendipity to lead her way and is rewarded.
There were several points in this book where I laughed out. Stopped where I was - rewound it so I could laugh again. Carrington MacDuffle did such a perfect job. There are several characters in this book that are real characters. Her narration were spot on and added to their quirkiness. I only wished it was twice as long.
I'm Looking forward to being a Karin Slaughter groupie. Fractured was my first book of hers I read. I found Will Trent to be most interesting and looking forward to many more.
Fractured is what a criminal investigation should be. Heart-pounding action, an intriguing investigation, engaging characters, twists and turns with an ending that you get to at the end of the book. The story is so complex that I realized who the culprits were right along with the protagonist - just as it should be.
Sarah Addison Allen at her best. Fans will be pleased for this is her at her best, though she never disappoints.
Lost Lake is about a family vacation camp on the decline. When it looks like this could be the camp's last summer, it's time for finished business. Relationships are repaired or rekindled and the magic comes out. As in all of Allen's novels you can see the how the basic story is going to go from the first chapter. Some would say they are predictable. But, every story doesn't need to be a mystery. Like Titanic - we knew how the story ended and still enjoyed the movie. The journey to lost lake is pleasurable enough to call it a page turner. But beware - just when you think you know how it's going to go - Allen throws you a wrench and you don't know where the story is going to go. Allen's novels also have plenty of whimsy and some practical magic. I love the magic and this one is magically delicious.
Janet Metzger added to the book without making it her own. Visiting Lost Lake is like a glass of wine in from of a roaring fire with a good friend.
So much more enjoyable that I would have ever expected.
At first Penny's talking with the mouth full of marble was annoying. Then her voice broke while talking about her mother and it was read by the perfect person.
What a wonderful life. I felt it was an honest representation without having to go to the dark side. The hoop jumping of the motion picture industry was enlightening.
What a wide range of reviews!
Not having read this author before, I am glad I didn't just stop at the first three or four reviews for I liked this book. I am thrilled I took a chance.
It's a police story that I found somewhat believable. It's tough being a working mother, especially of teenagers. I found this to be very realistic of that without being too whinny. Very plausible. The story was engaging in a way that kept my attention to the bitter end. I am looking forward to reading more of the author's work.
The narrator did a decent job - I don't get the beef.
I sincerely feel that the depth of ones enjoyment of this novel will lay solely on the age of the reader. There are many thoughts that the women in this book have that could not be enjoyed and appreciated by a woman younger than 40 years of age. To someone over that age there are points and phrases in this novel that felt like someone was singing the song of a tune that I could only hum.
This is not your happily ever after feel good story. This is a collection of stories about the same group of people. Olive Kitteridge is sometimes the protagonist in a story and other times she gets just a cameo mention. Where you don’t see some of yourself – you see someone you know. I found this to be enlightening and poignant.
Sandra Burr’s voices allows you to hear the size of her characters – they are that visual. Her range of men, children and women is impressive, not to mention her accent.
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