I'm a fan of Daphne's novels, but felt left hanging and frustrated with the vague and inconclusive endings of these short stories. Perhaps it's just a literary style that doesn't appeal to me since the ratings were high for this book. Sadness...
More than usual, King weaves intriguing and seemingly unrelated plot threads into a shocking design of revelations! In case you're wondering, Mary Russell's extensive yet spellbinding perception of personalities and settings in this novel account for the book's length compared to others in this series.
I'd rate this PG for some violence and mature themes.
This is a classic "girl likes the bad boy and their love is true" fiction story. I guess I don't fantasize that way so the story was unbelievably improbable. However, I did appreciate the lack of swearing and explicit sex scenes.
I tried listening to this but the swearing and violence was too much. I only got thru one and a half chapters so I couldn't say how good the story is or isn't - without the swearing that is...
A great story once I embraced Agatha's departure to ancient Egypt and could recognize the characters' names!
Edge of your seat and creepier than usual, Agatha outdoes herself unraveling the shocking details of her characters' lives... and deaths.
Initially I got this because it was on sale and the reviews were good, however I wish books had content ratings the way movies do. I would rate this pg-13 due to the licentious sexual content.
Other than that, I found the first half boring and shallow because it was more about the glamor and sleuthing costumes worn by the main character than the crimes being solved.
I used this book to study for the single subject English CSET test; it was very thorough and helpful for the grammar section.
After listening to the Phantom several times over and loving it, I was really disappointed with this book. Although the mystery is intriguing, there is too much expository narrative. I hung on to the end to the bitter end just to see how it turned out but wasn't impressed.
Having listened to several Wilkie Collins books, this was my least favorite. Perhaps if the narrator was British (like Collins) or Italian (where the story takes place) I might have enjoyed the story better. Although the narrator differentiates the voices of the characters well, the emotional inflections she uses are at times contrary to the writing. Overall I was disappointed. Works of his that I would recommend are The Woman in White (I've only listened to the 24 hour BBC abridged version but it was excellent), The Moonstone narrated by Peter Jeffrey, and The Two Destinies narrated by Samuel West.
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