It is true, this story is compelling and richly blessed with suspence. As a huge fan of Wilkie Collins, I loved this authors reach for Collins' sublime.. although it fell just short of its mark. In places it was tedious and several characters were abstract and distracting. The plot was wonderful, though a little predictable, and kept my attention enough that I found myself lurred into the main characters revenge. I was even coming up with ideas of my own!
Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to fans of Dickens and Collins or anyone who likes a good, deep, complex plot. Cox did a bang-up job and I look forward to listening to other books by him.
Change in direction, twist.
Nice voice and lends himself to the reserved nature of the main character.
Overall, I find many of Bass's books any easy listen. I like to refer to books that don't grab and shake you or have too many complications as "sleepy reads." Meaning they are a good story, delivered in good way and are not speckled with so much bad language my grandma would cringe. However, I do find his more recent books (this is an earlier one) a little more gritty in terms of topic and descriptions of scenes, so expect a more "grit and grime" as you travel up the series. This book was nice for a short car trip and had me wanting to listen to more.
I loved this book! Colorful, intriguing characters that come to life. You feel as if you are there in the middle of all this. And the twists!!! You never see them coming! I hope the author writes more with these characters as they are sure to become a favorite among those that adore historical, clever, intelligent detective novels. My ONLY eyebrow raise is the narrators attempt at a woman's voice, it falls a bit flat, but he is a perfect voice for the story overall.
I really had a hard time grasping the main character of this novel. Her reflections and feelings were abstract and too loose to hold on to. Hmmm...am I being vauge? Well, that sums up my impression of this book. Too staged, too predictable, too much trying to write a good book instead of actually doing so.
I will keep this simple: A colorful, lively, humorous story that lends itself to the classical masters of storytelling. You will fall in love with the unlikely heroine. I would love to see the author bring her back in other adventures. My new favorite!
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