Rockville, CT, United States | Member Since 2008
I always enjoy an Eve Dallas mystery and I am hooked on the development of characters across books in the series. The plot of each book is really interesting. The main problem with this book and from what I gather the last two books, only one of which I have heard (Book 13), is that there was a dramatic change in Peabody's voice and changes in other voices. Since I have heard other books later in the series and earlier in the series, I know that this change does not persist, for which I am grateful, since I had gotten used to hearing certain voices and I get one or two books every month and listen to them several times.
I thought this book was a break in many ways. It was not as convoluted and complex, but then I listened to it on vacation and maybe had more time to pay attention. It was a good summer listen!
Dan Brown could turn making a peanut butter sandwich into a thrilling mystery. This book had so many twists and turns that I began feeling like I had amnesia. I often had to stop and start the story in between listening to it and even the second time I sometimes wondered if I had advanced or retraced the story. This is not a criticism of the story, because it actually made sense if you heard it all together. I listened to it more than once with pleasure, delighted that I had picked up different tidbits. The stories of history and Dante were as delightful as the story was thrilling. Just when I thought I had the entire story, something new was heard. I think this was the best story Dan Brown has written of the three.
J. D. Robb has a storyline that goes from book to book about the lives of their characters. I found this book to be more important for that story line than the story line of this particular book. When I think of the book as I am writing this, the interweaving of these two themes or story lines was subtle. I usually think of her books as those that have my stomach in knots and those that do not. This book did not have my stomach in knots (usually when the antagonist is going after one of the characters is when my stomach gets in knots), although the crime was horrific. Needless to say, I look forward to every new installment in the In Death series. If you have developed an interest in the characters, you never want to miss a book.
Sometimes the crime appears to be a side story in the Life of Lady Georgianna, the last person, besides the Queen, upholding the traditions of Victorian England, at least what we have come to think of as those traditions. Well, so what! I have to say that I have become as interested in her life as the finding of the perpetrator. Of course, Lady Georgie stumbles upon this information and falls into the danger that everyone says they want to protect her from while thrusting her into it, like the sacrificial lamb. It is hard to say if this book is a mystery or a comedy. It crosses the lines. It reminds me of Agatha Cristy often. Possibly its lightheartedness masks the true art and beauty of the book, much as Cristy's have.
This story did not have me on the edge of my seat or sweating it out as some have done, but I couldn't wait to listen to more. I liked the interplay of characters - you have to listen to see what I mean. Susan Erickson did a very good job as usual. The relationship of the characters proceeded, but I had the feeling that Roarke did not have as much of a role in this story as he had in previous ones. This was largely the work of Eve and Peabody. One might say that this was a more feminine In Death book. As a man, I kept waiting for a cat fight. It might be my only disappointment with the book, but there were some smart verbal repartee.
This story was gripping. The characters always remained human, not super-human or super-intelligent. They had to use ordinary means and logic to solve the puzzle. Some of the story reminded me of the Stepford Wives in that a community was slowly being effected to think in certain ways. If you have a tendency to believe conspiracy theories, this book will make you more paranoid. I started this review before the recent reports of “pink slime” in the meat. This book will cause you to become more suspicious. Remember, the book is fiction, not a documentary or an augury of the future – or is it?
I listened to The Litigators before I listened to The Confession. I would describe the Litigators as a "Book of the Light" and The Confession as a "Book of Darkness". Maybe it was because I have to manage people who are as difficult as some of the people in this book or maybe I have worked in a system that was inexorably wrong, but I could identify with this book on so many levels. The suspense kept me listening and I listened as often as I could. I have read Grisham from his early work and I think he just seems to get better, often in different ways, as if his story-telling is still evolving.
I listened to the story more than once, as is my habit. The story really held my interests. Maybe it was because I have been in a job that I would have liked to leave. Maybe because I could identify with some of the problems.
I find Grisham easy to listen to. It does not matter if the story can be predicted, as some people say, the telling of the story is important. I was also not bothered by Boutsikaris's telling it, as another was; I had no problem following the story the first time and I am usually working as I listen, which involves writing complex reports. Granted, that is one reason I listen more than once, because I also listen while driving, but I enjoy it even the second or third time.
I found the people very believable and I felt like I was peering into a slice of lawyers' lives, maybe even making them more human. This is a book to listen to if you are wondering whether you should try something new and need some courage.
OK, I loved the book. The title of my review has more to do with a comment an the murderer's performance at some stages than on the book itself. The last book advanced Roarke's history and this book advances Eve's. Possibly because murder and death are just part of life, but I somehow sense that the ongoing revelations and development of the character's lives are a parallel of aspects of the main plot. I find that this is subtly and interestingly done. I listen to the stories several times and notice little gems and aspects that I was not aware of before. I find that feminism is not overdone in the books and Robb (Roberts) provides a fairly balanced view of the sexes. Although I am a man, I am happy that Dallas offers a fairly good, albeit imperfect, role model for woman as competent and tough, but not beyond using her feminine wiles. I have noticed that the psychological hypotheses of the characters show a more pop psychology touch, whereas Myra's analyses are more professional, a disparate perspective of expertise that offers an interesting touch that gives the characters greater depth. I have tried to read the series from beginning to end, with some tangential journeys. I enjoy the series very much.
The most exciting observation I have about this book (and really there were a number of VERY interesting developments) was that PEABODY'S VOICE was back! I missed it through three earlier books. The next very interesting thing were the side developments in the lives of characters. J.D. Robb weaves the development of the characters within the plots of the murders and this story within the story becomes just as interesting as the murders themselves. This book had some major developments that should not be missed. The murder mysteries are always interesting, but what draws me to each book now is the development of the characters. I am sure that there are some readers who would wish that Eve would just wise up, but I have found that even real people have difficulty changing patterns of behavior; life isn't easy and I think it is managed well in the book, in a very "human" way. This book is a must for those interested in the characters!
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