CAIRNS, Australia | Member Since 2009
It's not very often that an author this good comes along. Michael Robotham is an excellent writer, crafting his writing elegantly and without unnecessary flourish. He dialogue is clever and shines when a good narrator such as Sean Barrett performs it. The only other narrator to better Barrett performing Robotham was Crispin Redman performing The Suspect. His voices were just wonderful - especially for the policeman Ruiz. Books of this quality are hard to put down; you want them to go on forever. The plot was intelligent and original, and the ending extremely satisfying and it left me with a smile. If you're reading this, you must love a good mystery/thriller but don't like wasting your time or a credit on a mediocre book.
I can assure you this book is definitely not mediocre. It will tick all your boxes and more. Please buy it and enjoy!
For me, the entire book shines, without any particular moment being the most memorable. Having said that, the appearance of Malcolm was very memorable, as was each appearance in the book of Owen. I won't say why, as the reader will discover for themselves, on listening to this wonderful book.
I like the way Sean Barrett, for me, speaks with virtually no accent. OK, it's mildly British, but understated. He performs the book well changing from narrative stretches into the various dialogues in a masterful way and always engaging the listener by injecting interest, activity and mood into his performance.
Yes, I felt like laughing and crying but most of all I felt that tingle of expectation and suspense that prevented me from turning the book off to go to sleep. There were many occasions where I empathised with the various characters and they all played believable parts in the story. Finally, the book made me sorry, sorry that it was over......
Please Michael Robotham, write another excellent novel in this series soon, and meanwhile keep safe and well.
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.
Comparing this to another book by the writer, The Witness, you would not think it was written by the same person??? She pushed out a good book with her mystery/thriller the Witness and I was hoping for similar quality with this. Alas, it was not meant to be. However, it did meet the parameters of her chick lit books, of which there are many. I doubt if I will try another. It would have to have fantastic write-ups for me to put my toe into the water again. As for Julia Whelan. I'm not sure whether it was the annoying characters or whether she gave them annoying voices but right from the start it irritated me. I think I would have to listen to a decent size sample of her performing another book before I would jump into the water with Julia again, as well.
This was portrayed as a romance/suspense by Audible and The Witness as Thriller/Suspense. I will steer clear of romance/suspense in future, yes. Perhaps, the 'romance' should be in emboldened typeface.
The characters dialogue tainted her performance for me. I'll give her a second chance.
All the treacly romantic stuff, except there would only be about 10% of the book left.
If you enjoy a good thriller/mystery/suspense, this book IS NOT FOR YOU. However, if you enjoy happily every after romantic clap trap you will enjoy this book.
yes, I would, but I would also recommend they read the other Jack Caffery books in order first to get the full impact at the ending of this book. Not sure, but this could well be the last one in the series as it answers many of Jack's 15 years of unanswered questions. I enjoyed this one immensely, albeit gruesome and cruel in large doses. Ms Hayder's writing, however, overcame any squeamishness on my part and I loved the way she wove all the story lines together. The climax was brilliant and a complete surprise. Can't recommend this book highly enough for those who enjoy well written suspense thrillers.
Yes, they are there somewhere in the back of my mind, but I can't bring them to light at the moment. There would be none, though, with the way the culmination of the crime took place in this book.
No I have not, however, his performance was excellent and was perfectly suited to the restrained suspense all the way through the book. I love understated English accents. And, along with Michael Kitchen, Steven Pacey and others, Jot Davies does an exemplary job.
this story is not going where you think it will.....
five stars speaks for itself....
I never thought I would say this, but, yes! Emphatically, yes! It took a while to get me 'hooked' this time. I'm an Aussie and the southern USA slow speech, and slow thinking got in my way to start but Ellory soon hooked me with his superb prose and I continued listening just to take pleasure alone in this; soon I was engrossed in this unusual murder mystery which was really a saga about a small town and a wealthy southern family with a secret that they never wanted to be known. The story meandered like the great Missisippi itself backwards and forwards allover the place and every time revealing another piece of the puzzle our protagonist was attempting to unveil. He had a story too, and as the mystery unfolded so did Deputy Sherrif Gaines story too. The book has many layers, the murder plot, and the intricacies of the lives this murder touched. I devoured this reading quickly and will read again just to savour once more the excellent prose of the author, RJ Ellory, who is fast becoming my favourite.
The protagonist, Sherrif Gaines. A complex character in his own right; looking for direction and meaning in his life and finding it, as the book unfolds.
I must admit, that I was not aware there were two performers. For me it was seamless and the voices excellent, for the most part.
I did have an extreme reaction to this book in as much as I was unsure at first whether I was going to enjoy it mainly because of the USA deep south subject matter and just as I was contemplating switching it off, it started to hook me and boy did it ever; I was completely drawn into the story and did not want to put the book down - which I only did once, to sleep.
If you love really good writing, get it!
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