We'll written from start to finish. No student should leave high school without reading this and talking about it in English class. As the fifteen year old narrator reflects on her complicated family relationships we learn about her as well as her parents, her sister, her uncle and his partner. The characters are complex and beautifully revealed by the author Carol Rifka Brunt. In Brunt's hands the AIDs crisis of the 80s is sensitively and gently handled. Having lived in the New York City area I found the portrayal of a young girl coming of age near the City and dealing with the loss of her gifted uncle to AIDS to be credible and deeply engaging. I am looking forward to Brunt's next effort
Some books hold their appeal long after publication. This one doesn't. The performance is almost unlistenable I held on until the end because I admire the author's writing. This is not one of his better efforts
Like many mystery story addicts I enjoy the discovery of an author and a series that are new to me. The small lakeside town of Aurora, Minnesota is peopled with characters that fascinate as soon as they are introduced. The social and political struggles between the native peoples and the townsfolk form a subtext for motivating the characters and moving the plot forward but they do not dominate. As the tale unfolds Cork O'Connor and each of the people who surround him become more complex and carefully drawn. Iron Lake stands alone as a well written novel not just the beginning of a promising series. Krueger tantalizes us with enough detail that I am anxious to revisit O'Connor and Aurora, Minnesota .
Flavia enchants. Her precocious wit and wisdom continue to fascinate me. Her exceptional knowledge of practical chemistry surprises as always. Her quirky English village family delivers characters with depth. I am looking forward to the next addition to the series. I continue to encourage readers of every age to enjoy these books. Start at the beginning so you don't miss anything and you like me will be anxious for the next entry. I hop it is t=not the end.
I tried four times to listen to this book and I couldn't get past 10 minutes.
This is a fun, engaging read. Revelations keep appearing until nearly the final page. If you tend to be archival in your own research and enjoy the kinds of discoveries that come from exploring old houses, books and public records you will enjoy this book. The author engages us in the science of astronomy through historical revelations and the romance of stargazing. A new favorite for me.
This book is well worth reading but not quite up to the first book. The story kind of peters out at the end.
Ruth, supposedly a forensic anthropologist, should be an interesting character study if Griffiths portrayal of her reflected any of the intelligence and independence a reader might expect. Other characters in the story speak of her with admiration but I find her a most uninformed scholar. She asks others to answer questions about British political or church history that I could have answered in high school. The story wanders endlessly around the thoughts of a group of personalities and taxes a reader's patience in trying to link them together into a coherent story line. The author constantly refers to earlier books in order to support the story line in this one. I have no motivation to go back and read the earlier novels. The author would be better served to do a little more research and develop a central character with some depth.
Setting aside the annoying narration, especially the voice of "Pike", I found this story insistent and annoying in its' dependence on violence to move the plot forward. I generally make myself listen to entire books in order to fairly judge them but I found this one uncomfortable to complete. It didn't get any better.
I could hardly wait to recommend this to my grand daughters and their parents. A delightful story that will entertain anyone who can read. The central character is a precocious young English girl whose vocabulary and skills in a chemistry lab suspend belief and yet I accepted them. The plot moves quickly while still masking its twists and turns from the reader. I look forward to reading another in the series. Hope Bradley can keep up the pace.
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