You go to William Boyd for a sophisticated British/European mystery-thriller and Boyd delivers again, here, as in Restless. Boyd is interested in motivation and intention, but the plot never bogs down in introspection. This is a classy mystery thriller with insight into British and European life and thought circa World War I.
A pretty good story and Jim Broadbent does a nice job narrating, but the idea of the book is much more fetching than the actual execution. Harold Fry supposedly becomes more attentive to the nature around him during his long walk, but Rachel Joyce is relatively uninterested in those details. This is a nice summer story, satisfying, but just that.
This is Wiley Cash's first novel and a pretty good one at that. Maybe not so good as Fred Chappell or Clyde Edgerton say it is--and they should know--but pretty good. The narration is good, especially the voices and accents of Lorna Raver and Mark Bramhall. And the story is fine, though I didn't find the main evil character, Reverend Chambliss, believable and Jess is only nine years old, not a teenager (as other reviewers have noticed). Worth a listen, but only once. And this is not Cold Mountain, which I consider a good thing, despite Cold Mountain's being a bit more gripping.
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