Every sequel faces a number of challenges. First is what to do for character development for the reappearing characters. Nothing new was learned about John Cory, no substatial new characters were introduced and nothing was done to elaborate on the 2-demensional Kate. Kate with her beauty, power, education and gender-challenging position in the FBI combined with the absurd relationship evolution with Cory in the previous episode could have been developed in any number of ways, but instead she is sidelined.
Another challenge is building on the previous plot without repeating it. this was a complete repeat.
Cory was most interesting in contrast to the feds and especially Kate. Almost none of that here. It was an NYPD show without the interesting aspects of the NYPD. NYPD just serve as the 'establishment' who demonstrates that their plodding methods aren't effective against 'this' kind of bad guy and provide an authority for Cory to disrepsect.
The killing-machine villian who was so frightening because of his elaborate, surpising methods and his speed has developed an appetite for prolonged hand-to-hand combat. The swift, clever Kalil reduces the ranks of Lybian cab drivers and disaffected Serbians, contibutes nothing at all to the doomsday sub-plot and then devolves into Dolf Lundgren in the final showdown. Only knowing about explosives and such from book and movies, I was never really convinced that a conventional bomb set off in the middle of an enourmous crater was going to harm anything other than dump trucks.
Sharp Objects goes places you don't expect - places no other novel I've read would ever go. The plot is disturbing and gripping. The flawed heroine is fascinating and she develops throughout the story which a refreshing change from the average flawless, shallow characters we come to expect from a murder thriller. A gripping plot combined with a relentless series of twists in plot and character development make for a complelling read.
Another terrific novel from Kate Atkinson. This was my first Audiobook and now I think I'm hooked. The narration was terrific. I have a 1 hour communte each way and this made the time fly. I found I was actually looking forward to the drive.
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