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I am giving this review 4 stars only because I am comparing it to other Tana French novels. If I compare this story to the type of mysteries I enjoy, it would get a solid 5 stars. Ms. French's books are mysteries, they are even police procedurals, but these novels defy the normal "mystery / thriller" genre. I would describe Ms. French's writing as "literary" mystery because she spends so much time on the characters and the place. I felt I was standing there on the grounds of St. Kilda school beside detectives Conway and Moran. There is no formula you can follow to determine the murderer. I spent lots of time while I was not listening to the book trying to figure out the killer. I could not figure it out even though the resolution fit in the end.
Other reviewers will claim that the narration is annoying because it was so creepy about how teenager's, especially girls, talk so snarky, uncompassionate and self-assured. But isn't that how these privileged girls may have acted under these circumstances. I agree it was not fun to listen to their speech, but it feels more real for this story.
To a new-comer to Tana French, I would recommend they start with book 3, "The Faithful Place" and then go back to the first book and follow in order. But, it is OK to start here with this excellent mystery. While there is no continuous thread you have to follow, it is fun to find a previous book's character reappear occasionally in these stories.
I wish the next Tana French book would come out sooner than 2 years. But these stories are worth the wait.
When I started this listen, I had huge expectations because the series to this point only got better and better. After the last book's major crescendo, I couldn't imagine how Penny could come back with another story for Gamache that would be the same caliber. I was even concerned that Penny could stop writing, and the series could stand well where it ended with Book 9.
I under-estimated how brilliant Penny is. The only change I saw was that this book starts with Gamache now living in Three Pines. No change with familiar characters' personalities that have remained consistent over the entire series. I was laughing with real joy to have my friends back.
One thing I loved about this particular book, as Gamache and his team research and travel to solve the mystery, I was able to do the same on the internet. It expanded my understanding of the story in a fun way. I felt I was part of the team.
Thank you, Louise Penny, I am grateful for your books. This is why I read.
The narrator's voice with a beautiful Irish lilt is perfectly matched to the words that are so well-written by McKinty. I want to compare the writing to soaring poetry, but I lack the skills to define how much this story -- this series -- moves me to listen so intently. I actually listened to some chapters a second time, not because I didn't understand, but because I wanted to hear it again. I am already looking forward to the day that I can re-listen to this series.
Don't even think of starting this book unless you have heard the first in the series "A Cold, Cold Ground". The background and place (1980's in Northern Ireland) have taught me a great deal about the "Troubles" near Ulster. It is fortunate that the first book is just as excellent as the second.
Sean Duffy is my hero. No need to explain, it will be readily apparent as you read this story, even though no one would claim Duffy is perfect. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I hope Adrian McKinty will not plan to take a break from writing now that he has completed this trilogy. I would read anything he puts out in the future.
I did enjoy the first book of this series, but I am so glad this story will end as a trilogy. I am willing to listen to the last one, but I probably would have stopped here, if there was a fourth book. With the asteroid within 70 days of hitting, society is breaking down into something that feels like "Lord of the Flies". While I would like to think I would act like the main character, Hank, I find him to be an idealistic version of how everyone wants to act under these circumstances. I think the ending of this book was a great set-up for the last book in the series. Too bad the rest of the book was just mediocre to me.
The writing is well done and the narration is great. I am struggling with this review because it just had too many characters. In addition, all the characters get a full back-story which made this story way too long. A significant editor's cut should have been done on this book.
This story is more of a psychological thriller as only about 20% of the book contained any actual police investigation by Patric (a favorite character of mine) and his crew. The actual "solve" of the mystery was more like the clues fell into the Patric's lap instead of actual crime solving. I wasn't surprised by the ending. The twist comes so late and after so much reveal of the characters, you just want to get on with it.
Yet, Camilla Lackberg can tell a story in a very interesting way. It just wasn't the story I wanted. Hopefully, the next book will be more of the crime solving genre that I crave.
Michael Sears is not a “one hit” wonder. His second book is just as good as the first one which I enjoyed immensely. To enjoy this series fully, plan to read them in order so that you don’t miss out on the importance of the character relationships and the progress being made with the autistic son, “The Kid”.
I can’t say I understand these complex financial crimes from the first description, but the author does such a good job of keeping the story going until this Bernie Madoff type crime becomes obvious to the listener. I feel much smarter about financial dealings and crimes whenever I finish a Michael Sears book.
The narrator for this second story was good, but I must admit the narrator for the first book was outstanding.
I will definitely use my credit for the third book in this series, when it is available.
I save my all-time favorite authors and mystery series for those times I have challenging chores to finish. With a July 4th party coming up, I knew I could whip my house into shape while listening to Connelly's latest in the "Lincoln Lawyer" series. As I expected, it was great fun, and the time flew by. As I go back over my older reviews, I can remember the difficult home projects I finished while enjoying Connelly, Louise Penny, Steig Larrson and Jo Nesbo.
I won't re-hash the story as that is done well in other reviews. Instead, my love of Connelly has a great deal to do with his thoroughness in fitting all the puzzle pieces in the end. He can write a very complex, multi-faceted story, but it all makes sense, yet is tough to figure out. His characters, Harry Bosch and Micky Haller, for 2 different series are meticulously written. Connelly doesn't let a chapter go by without defining Bosch or Haller with acts or situations where their character become fully realized - and it carries over from one book to the next very consistently. I wish more authors could write like Connelly. I can find no faults. Just what a mystery lover, like me, craves in a series.
Another great book from Nesbo. To enjoy this book fully, you must read "The Redbreast" and "Nemeis" prior to reading this "trilogy" as there is a dramatic resolution to a long-running murder that is referenced in these three books. Harry Hole's obsession with this murder has caused his downfall into drunkenness, unreliability, hostility and estrangement from his loved ones. At times, I wanted to give up on Harry, but his vulnerability and empathy had me cheering for him. Harry's redemption in the end is so satisfying to the story and to me.
That said, the main story line is about a serial killer loose in Norway during a hot Summer. The killer is leaving behind a star-shaped diamond and taking away a finger at each scene. In addition, Harry is made to work with someone he despises. The story builds and builds to a twisty resolution that will have you holding your breath. Robin Sachs is "Harry Hole" to me. Since his recent death, I have learned to savor every book narrated by Mr. Sachs.
The story starts off so strange -- a droplet of water moves through a centuries old house and ultimately causes the finding of the first victim. After replaying it several times, I realized how creative and brilliant a writer Nesbo can be. I would pay to read his shopping list.
I hung in there until the end of the story, but wanted to quit every time it started getting preachy and so so very spiritual. I thought this was going to be a police procedural, but I saw every turn coming before the twist because Krueger has become predictable with this one.
The narrator, David Chandler, reads these stories, but does not act or perform them. I think I would enjoy the stories more if there were more emotion and expression.
My opinion is that Krueger is a very capable writer. I have enjoyed his previous books, but he lost me with this story in the series. Will I try again? Yes, I will give it one more try in the future.
I think most people that enjoy sophisticated mysteries or thrillers will find something to like in this story, but it likely won't make it to your favorites list. That said, parts of the book were very intriguing and well-written, especially the parts utilizing the main character's psychology training. Unfortunately, the middle of the book is better than the ending.
Would I listen to another Michael Robotham book? I would say yes because he strives to write something more unique in this genre.
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