CAIRNS, Australia | Member Since 2009
Surprisingly, I was disappointed with Lisa Jackson's latest book, as I've mostly enjoyed them in the past. Another reviewer said it felt like a 'first try' and I agree. The plot lacked substance and the characters were flimsy. The writing style was formulaic and there were no surprises unless you call the climax one. I didn't, but not because I had guessed the 'perp' but because it was a continuance of just pulling something out of the hat, in this case a character, to be the badie. It really didn't make a lot of sense. Unless you like fairy floss, don't bother.
It wasn't until the book was finished that I truly appreciated it for what it was: a literary masterpiece. The prose was sublime, never overblown with self importance, but succinct and perfect in it's short descriptive phrases. It was not a thriller or a suspense novel but it was a true mystery which in itself was really never resolved except in it's telling, so beautifully by the author and brilliantly told by Jake Weber.
My favourite character was Cordova who changed in the telling from horrific murderer, to loving father and back again and was always a mystery, remaining so.
I was transformed by this book, rather than moved, much like the main character, McGrath, who the story was narrated through, and everybody who came in contact with Cordova. The story hooked me, more and more, as I listened until the end, which, although unresolved was nevertheless complete.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys really good writing and an intelligent mystery. Not your everyday paperback thriller !!
I must say that I quite enjoyed this book. The story was well crafted and the characters well drawn. The only negatives for me, were the religious references and the character of the kidnapper who was on one hand portrayed as a nice guy and good father figure and on the other as a murderer and child stealer who was intent on murdering again. I think a more interesting and evil character could have been developed, which would have made the story more interesting, rather than the Mr "ordinary nice guy" that had simply lost the plot when his own son died. I'm not sure why this book commanded so many 5/5 scores. I have read far better mystery/thrillers that commanded this type of score, but alas they don't come by that often. In summary, an OK read.
Linwood Barclay's excellent writing skills being decently performed by Peter Berkrot.
Oh, yes, it certainly did; very hard to pull the earplugs out to sleep. The story moved from one exciting moment to the next in this who dunnit.
Yes, I suppose it was but it was almost too exciting and had my adrenaline coursing late into the night while the plot changed from one suspect to the next.
A really good mystery suspense thriller with so many bad characters, from Mr & Mrs next door to major crime figures all living in this small town. It moves along at a decent pace until the denouement which is a real surprise. Great book, highly recommend; can't go wrong with this writer.
If you like layers in your books, this is the one for you. Murder & mayhem prevail throughout the book, but if you can get past this it's a winner. It's is a story about human weaknesses and needs to provide comfort in lives but goes horribly wrong with each satisfaction of that need. Everybody's response and need will be different and this book portrays us all at our very worst.
The tale of Nettie Cobb, with her 'carnival glass lampshade" obtained from Gaunt and her fear and hate for "that Polish woman over the back," Wilma Jerzyck was most memorable for me. It almost took on a cartoonish quality in my mind as their story within the larger story unfolded.
Given that the book was some 25 hours long, no, I did not want to listen to it until the end. Also, I must say, the book was pretty heavy going in parts and having a rest occasionally was heavenly relief. Although I enjoyed the book, I partook in smallish slices of a few hours a day here and there and it took about 5 days to fully consume.
yes, the music was off-putting and the book would have been better without it. Perhaps the book was a little bit too long. I know I was somewhat relived when I had finished it. I'm not sure why; relief at the end of the shop Needful Things or relief that 25 hours had come to an end? Stephen King is a top class story teller and not a bad reader, too. All in all, a top shelf book.
silly question; I don't read.
Jack, a compelling character with wit, intelligence and an interesting past.
Dick Hill brings Jack Reacher to life. I could not imagine anyone else performing Jack Reacher.
all the above, albeit mildly.
Exciting plot, exciting character and the story moved along nicely and was nicely unpredictable for a change. I have held back on reading this series, and I know not why. I think I had a feeling it was about spies and international intrigue, which I'm not much of a fan of and associate this sort of reading as 'boys.' If you haven't tried a Reacher before either, perhaps it's time for you too.
it could have been a far more exciting book than it was; the basic premise was quite good but needed a lot more development of the characters whom I felt I never really got to know in this story. Alex in the computer especially needed far more to do within the story.
the most interesting aspect of the story was the basic premise that our minds - if not our souls - could live on after our bodies have ceased to exist. The least interesting aspect of the story was the main character, Michael. He was supposed to be a dynamic worldly man but instead came over as being vapid.
no favourites here.
No, round one was enough.
recommend purely for the unusual premise. Not badly written and quite interesting, but not really an addictive page turner.
Very relaxing book for a mystery...
The JP Beaumont series by JA Jance - also a very relaxing mystery series with lots of humour and tongue in cheek.
only in this series, I think.
Not an EXTREME reaction but a somewhat pleasant one. I fancy Archy McNally.
For mystery readers who don't mind their books a little bit dated (no mobile phones or internet here!!!) and who likes lots of sprinklings of humour, a very laid back central character and style of writing taken even further by the excellent performance of Victor Bevine.
Wouldn't have a clue.....Why would I bother reading it, now I have listened to it?
When Dorothy becomes Charlie.
Excellent performance. Gives all the characters life and their own individual personality.
Definitely a feel good book. At times I felt sad and at other times it made me smile.
I would re-classify this book as a young readers book, although suitable for all those who are young at heart. Don't expect your usual Douglas Preston in this book, it's a much lighter story than his other works. It does however contain important messages for humanity.
One of my favourite genres, possibly because I used to watch them with Dad on the tele when I was quite small and there was often one at the picture theatre as an accompaniment to the main feature which we often enjoyed more than the main. Elizabeth Haynes books are believable, probably because of her background, and she is a good writer who fleshes out her characters well and makes them very human, indeed. I loved the duel plots here and kept me wondering whether they were linked or not all the way until the end.
I don't particularly like comparing authors with each other as they all have something different to offer the reader, however, I feel I can compare other books written by the same author and with Elizabeth Haynes, I feel she's just getting better and better.
well, I guess the most memorable one was when Inspector Andy Holland was seduced by the sinister but beautiful Susan and made to perform graphically detailed S&M with her; "oh my" a step above even Shades of Grey......!
thoroughly recommend to those who enjoy British Detective murder mysteries; a good thriller with condiments of erotica...
pretty high; not quite a 5, but I only give that for truly outstanding and unfortunately it doesn't happen often enough. But this, very nearly, ticked all the boxes.
most of the time; I certainly did not wonder off, as sometimes happens with a lesser book. I did listen well into the mornings early hours - just another chapter
well, Jake, but I suspect I'm supposed to say Angie. They were both well drawn characters and I empathised with both.
Almost, but not quite. It took me 3 sittings.
If you love thrillers in the police procedural genre with a bit of romance and a personal relationship sub plot sprinkled in, then you will really enjoy this. I'm looking forward to the next Michael Morely offering.
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