I would not recommend this book to a friend. It was SO slow starting. I kept looking up the title to see if I had started the right book. There was an overabundance of background information given that really had nothing to do with the plot. I wondered if I would make it past that part, but because I was laying tile and had thinset on my hands, I just let it run.
After it got past the beginning, it was okay, not outstanding, and unfortunately doesn't make up for the boredom at the beginning.
The Chief Inspector is a likeable character who is unassuming and bright. He does his job well. His wife is also a good character. The Finney family is not at all likeable as characters and their interactions and behavior is ridiculous. I know families behave badly towards each other, but their reasons for their behavior are far too unbelievable. The motive behind the crime is hard to believe which weakens the entire story.
The author does a great job describing the setting, but doesn't do as well with the story. She drops little tiny bits of information with follow up quite a long time later creating confusion more than interest.
Yes, I've liked other books, but this one was a stinker.
It was interesting at first. I kept waiting for it to get more exciting, then it ended. I even backed it up to make sure I hadn't missed anything. Unfortunately I didn't miss a thing, it just ended.
Skip this one for sure.
Try reading it, avoid the audio version
I'm not sure how much was the narrator and how much was the story, but it came across as written by a 15 year old girl hooked on Harlequin romance novels. It was cheesy, which can be okay, but cheesy combined with the narration was just annoying. The phrase "it was" was used far too frequently.
Anyone. The narrator was so focused on enunciation that it sounded weird. "It was" became "It twas", etc. It quickly became tiresome. There is little difference in characters voices which added to the weirdness.
Sadly, no. I couldn't finish it. I somehow made it to the last 47 minutes, but it's dragging and is too painful to finish.
Lisa Jackson - Yes. Alan Nebelthau - NO
The narrator doesn't pause appropriately and goes directly from one part of the story to another without even taking a breath. It's very difficult to follow and I was constantly going back to figure out what I missed. Because I had to keep going back, the story seemed like it didn't flow well and was disjointed. But I think that was mostly due to the narrator.
I was curious about the rest of the books in this series; however, it's the same narrator. I think I'll skip them.
Hilarious, Intriguing, Fun
I loved that the story is from the point of view of Chet, the dog.
I had difficulty initially getting into the story. It was action packed and fairly unbelievable, but I did finish it and it had an okay resolution. It follows the actions of a secret group of government assassins and "problem solvers", even when some of them go off the reservation.
This book is the story of what happened to Lucy Bennett and several other girls whose addictions got the best of them. It provides answers for Will Trent, one of the main characters and an agent with the GBI who is fairly conflicted throughout the book. Overall it's a sad story with an ending that resolves everything, but leaves one feeling somewhat disappointed. This was my first Karin Slaughter book, and I'm not sure I'll listen to another one.
Lady Georgiana Rannoch is a minor royal whose family is short on funds. While she has a place to live, she has no money. Georgie is trying to make her own way doing some basic cleaning on the down low while trying to keep up appearances. While the Queen requests Georgie's help in hosting a Bavarian princess, Georgie finds herself in the midst of ominous conspiracies and dead bodies. She has some friends who help her along the way as well as a delightful grandfather and his neighbor.
Overall, the book is a fun listen, part historical fiction, part comedy, and part mystery. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Mike Wingate had a really rough childhood. He has managed to turn his life around. He is successful in business, has a lovely caring wife and precocious daughter and things seem to be going well, until the past he didn't know he had comes back with a vengence. Someone is out to destroy him, his family, and his business and Mike has to find out who and why.
Intriguing and well written, but I didn't like the way the story went at the end. Without totally spoiling it, the plot involves crimes against children. I'm looking for entertainment and it ended up being a downer for me, not entertaining. If I had known what the book was all about, I would not have selected this book.
I like Anthony Horowitz and he did well with the characters. Holmes and Watson were both in line with their historical literary characters. I just wish he'd written about a different crime.
Lady Georgiana is a minor royal (34th in line for the throne) whose family has cut off her allowance. She is over the age where she should have been married off and leaves the family castle to stay in their home in London by herself. She has to learn to take care of herself building fires and light housekeeping, but decides she needs some way to earn money and starts her own cleaning service - as long as the Queen doesn't get wind of it.
The Queen also has a "job" for her, spying on the Prince and his latest paramour. In the midst of all this, she finds an unpleasant man dead in her bathtub and has to go about proving her brothers innocence while finding the actual killer. Georgie has a knack for finding trouble and while she is lovely and charming, she is unfortunately maladroit.
Overall a fun story and good performance. It was excellent at keeping me entertained while driving and doing housework.
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