East Hartford, CT, United States | Member Since 2010
The publisher's summary was accurate. 3.5 stars actually .
Before selecting a book from an author I have not read I will read reviews and then check reader histories to see if we have like taste as much of preference has to do with specific taste not just whether a book is well written. Whew, long explanation there. That being said there were quite a few differing opinions with like taste, so I took a chance.
I liked this book, it was well written and though it was a little obvious, it was not contrived or for lack of a better word stupid. However, it is not a traditional mystery, it is a story a little humble and bittersweet. I can see where some people may find it slow, it is descriptive and interweaves Native American life with the traditional immigrant American way of life. It is not fast paced, action packed or particularly gripping. I did find it engrossing, not at all boring.
So if you like lore and parables with your mystery, you should enjoy the book. If you want something that moves along fast with lots of twists and turns, maybe not for you.
True to form, Connelly is descriptive and detailed in his most recent portrayal of Bosch in procedural police drama. A solid outing with the exception of the narrator who was not fluid and tended to draw out and slow the dialog even though it seemed to be written for a different pace.
No criticism of the writing, only content. Too melodramatic, she has gone too far. Yes people die, life happens, but in the normal course of life there is usually small bright moments that sustain us. Everyone in this story is or should be contemplating death in a very very, yes, BLEAK way.
I wasn't going to get the third (or fourth) but like a bad accident I kept watching. Sadder yet, there is literally NO fun or humor in this book, in these fictional lives and yet they are portrayed as having good lives.
Still, so well written, but i wish she would inject some real life folly into the characters.
A little sadder, still so well written, great dialog if only it were not so so very bleak. Bleak is the closest I can come to describe the vein of emotion that runs through the story.
I really like the this even though it is sort or noir-ish if that makes any sense. I've listened through the 4th book and part of me likes the series, but part of me is screaming beyond any kind of credulity. It is a little like a tv drama in that I enjoy the first season but get annoyed when it starts to reach for overly dramatic focus and I start to think...SERIOUSLY! Life can be bad, depressing, but no you can't pile it that high.
I am still enjoying the series, but feel it is becoming a little bleak for me. Life regardless of religious affiliation, has highs, happiness threaded throughout. If not we cease to enjoy even the basic pleasures such as a good book.
The story is well written, clean, crisp dialog, no humour or wit, the last two filled with unrelenting sadness.
Violent, implausible, thoroughly enjoyed it! Demented take on social issues. A very warped social commentary. I don't care still found it funny, offbeat and kinda funny in a dark bleak way.
This is the second in the series, just terrible, completely and totally terrible. A clone of the first making what was a little quirky and potentially interesting if developed, completely boring and creepy.
Just okay, I don't see myself following this series. Very little to hold my attention it was a little too predictable. I enjoy cozies and this is a cozy type, not my cup of tea.
Simon Vance is great as usual and may be the only thing that kept it interesting.
Bought for a road trip with my 12 year old niece. I feel very silly, but I liked the 2 we listened to in the series. They were cute and sweet great tween books that aren't full of sex or violence. I was not bored or annoyed to listen.
I don't know what to say here. The book wasn't bad, it just wasn't what I have come to expect from Tana French. The outline is good, a nice idea but it just was not very fleshed out, a little sloppy and vacant.
My excitement at seeing there was a new French book was meet with disappointment upon listening. Again not that it was bad, maybe my expectations were too high.
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