I loved the stories in this audiobook- typical Arthur Conan Doyle. However, the see-sawing lilting narration completed distracted me from the story being read. The narrator read the stories as one might read a story to a child. I cringed the whole time but persevered simply because of my love of Arthur Conan Doyle's writing. Listen to a sample of the narration before buying this. She may sound lovely to you and if so, you will enjoy the audiobook.
I seldom detest or do not finish a book but.... This one was so sickening and depraved that I could not help myself. Thinking that he could surpass Stieg Larsson's books for violence (whose books I loved) the author traded an actual plot for repeated animal killing and torture, gang rapes and termination of a pregnancy by a brutal beating.
*Sarcastic spoiler alert* What's not to like- There once was a group of very mean boys and a mean girl. They were bad and evil. So very bad and evil that they maimed and killed over and over throughout the entire book. Then the mean girl got tired of getting raped and left. The mean and bad boys- they were really really bad and evil -looked and looked for her to no avail. I won't ruin the ending because I did not have enough Dramamine left to actually finish it. The plot of the book was - The main characters were really mean bad evil people- that's it!!. My guess is that the mean girl did get the mean boys in the end but who knows? Maybe one of the tortured animals escaped and ate them. One could only hope.
Oh- and by the number of people that rated this trash 4 and 5 stars- I'm changing my career to psychiatry because these raters were either the author's close friends or there are a lot of people out there in definite need of some time on the couch. I liked his first book in this series but will nevedr read one of his books again after painfully slogging through most of this book because I naively thought it might get better or a plot would eventually be revealed.
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