East Hartford, CT, United States | Member Since 2010
Someone wrote that the book was dated... I'm not sure how that applies to a book written in 1971 about the beginning of WWII, dialog, attitudes and most especially gender roles were different. I was born in the late sixties and did not find it to be dated.
This was an excellent story full of detail and history, mostly accurate with a little poetic license. It brought home the reality that although the means of war change with technology, the fact of war is never as simple as good versus evil. The winners write the history books. There is much evil in the world, but sometimes we don't take action because of, maybe despite it.
Even for a non politico like me, the book was engrossing. Excellent narration.
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.
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.
There are things that grated. Everyone is giving this outstanding reviews with respect to the writing and story but it isn't perfect. It is darn good, very entertaining but not great literature, just good reading and listening. Well worth the credit. Just something...typical? cliché is too strong a word, don't know what it is, thats for actual critics, hahaha. I'll just say that while there was something it was still a good listen.
Can't wait for another book, great story. Character development continues bringing Catherine a little more personality and depth. Warming her up a little. A little more violence, but still way down for today's standards.
I don't want to give anything away so I'm not saying much. I like that even though it deals with violence and serious stuff, the story never becomes moody or gloomy. Serious, sometimes a little sad, but also spots of humor, like real life. Not swedish gloom noir.
I hated to reach the end.
Publishers summary is good idea of the storyline.
I really enjoyed the continuing character development and interwoven storylines. Past present, different walks of life. A nice change from serial killers r us. A real mystery book that doesnt try to be too deep and brooding and has moments of humor.
Jasmine continues to impress me as a a herione, not some glamorous unrealistic hollywood sterotype and not some uber tough chick.
Great listen unless you have a hard time with accents. I enjoyed wvwry minute.
I listened to the three available in as many days.
Publishers summary was accurate without giving anything away. I enjoyed the style of writing and the way he leads you to think the obvious may be true, but never lets you believe. The characters are so well written, flawed a litle cliché but then a cliché is what it is for a reason. Some violence mostly though its just alluded to or very much toned down. Very little in the way of graphic detail, but some.
My favorite element is that even though Jasmine starts out a little bit of the wee damsel in distress, , you can see she has more grit. This is very much in evidence in the second and third books. Knowing your limitations doesn't always mean you're weak.
A nice quality read, FINALLY.
Two stalkers find each other. Should not have been a good listen but found myself enjoying it anyway.
The publisher's summary doesn't quite let you know what to expect. Its a little Minnesota if you know what that means, a quirky non violent North stalker story.
I had hoped the author would capture R.D. Wingfield's style. Jack is a little cruder, not quite as likable. Though he was no angel in the original series, he wasn't as boorish. The relationship with his wife is different as well and does not ring true.
Despite all the disappointments, the story is similar to originals with meshing story lines as well as good character development for supporting players. So overall a decent listen.
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