This book was a real treat - I'd never heard of Keith McCarthy before but I'll be getting more of his books after reading this one.
I was drawn into the plot from the first few chapters. There's a bit of gore (a nasty murder) but overall the book isn't too gory or filled with gratuitous violence. The lives of all the characters are well fleshed out and quite complex and the plot remains interesting throughout the book.
I think if you like Ruth Rendell or PD James' books you'd like this.
This was my first John Lescroart book but it won't be my last! He develops interesting plotlines and characters and the book describes San Franscisco beautifully. It is a long book, but it kept my attention all the way through. I thought the narrator was excellent.
Hornby is a first-class writer and this book didn't disappoint. It was sweet and wry and full of lots of humor - a lot of it based on UK/US differences. Some other reviewers said they thought the book lost its way a little when Tucker appeared, but I thought it continued to be interesting as it explored his life. I laughed out loud a couple of time and have listened to the book twice. Love it!
I really enjoyed this book. It's not an action thriller but has plenty of intrigue and cerebral action. The book gave me a lot of insight into the workings of US intelligence, and there were some caper-style laughs towards the end of the book. All in all - a very entertaining read.
I saw the movie 'Ordinary People' and thought I'd like to listen to the book it is based on. This is a beautiful book - very moving and sensitive and also really interesting and character driven. Although it is set in the late 60's the book hasn't dated much at all, it still has a very contemporary feel. The narrator is excellent. A great listen!
This book didn't blow my mind, but it was interesting and I'd read more by the same author. The characters were well drawn out, and the book had a good pace to it.
I thought this was OK - it was a standard whodunnit with some fairly cluncky dialogue and not so orginal plot twists.
It's amazing how much more complex and psychologically interesting Val's later works are. I'd read this only if you are a fan of hers and wanted to see how the series began.
I loved this audiobook - I've listened to it three times. I bought it because I wanted to understand more about addictions and I found the book engaging and informative. It's very well written and thought-provoking, and the reader was excellent. Highly recommended!
Complex, topical, riveting, and psychologically sophisticated - I think this is Rankin's best yet. I was thoroughly impressed by this novel. As soon as I finished listening to it I started it all over again. What a wonderful writer!
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