Wonderful to return to the characters and the world created in Smith's first novel, Child 44, which really rocked me. Not quite as strong as the first work, but still a terrific read. Hope he continues to develop this into a full character series - I'd jump on the next one, if there is one.
This well- researched analysis of a much-celebrated case is well written and thought provoking, providing and in-depth look at the lives of the women of the Victorian age, their treatment under the rules of society and the rule of law. A really fine true crime document, and a great read.
Less repetition, better prose (or a better translator?) Maybe it's just me, but I don't get it.
Seriously, I do wonder if the fault is with the translator. The same phrases are used over and over to express the same ideas seemingly without any creativity or inventiveness. The plot outline was intriguing, but the dialogue and descriptions are - I hate to say it - boring.
First I noticed that Kenneth Branagh was the star of the BBC series called Wallender. Then I read the glowing reviews, so I figured oh boy, a great new series. I'm halfway through the audio book and don't know if I'm gonna make it. The prose is so mind-numbingly simple and repetitious, that I want to scream. The same obvious statements are made again and again and again, and in exactly the same words: Yes "we must solve this case" and yes "the murders are related but somehow we're missing something" and yes "maybe a woman did it - or maybe not."
Now and then we are reminded of how depressed Swedes are in general. Nobody exhibits a shred of the dark humor that keeps detectives from going nuts. That said, I'm still faintly interested to see if I'm right about who dunit and why, which seems so painfully obvious that I want to scream the answer at my IPad. This may put me off scandanvian Noir for some time. Back to the Irish and Scots I go!
Quite a good mystery that kept me guessing til the end. Would love to hear more from Anne Cleves. Atmospheric and good characters!
Gripping from start to finish. I'll be keeping an eye on this author. Oh, and if you listen to this one, don't plan on doing much else that day. You won't be able to put it down. Excellent.
This is a fascinating case. It's unfortunate that the book was so poorly edited. There is a great deal of repetition and unnecessary detail to wade through, and it's the first time ever I wished I'd had an abridged version (which I normally avoid like the plague). The reader is careful to articulate clearly, but is pretty bland. This is, nevertheless, an interesting document of the case from the point of view of the prosecution. If this story interests you, you'll hang in there as I did just to sift through the facts, which are not organized for literary value, but do give you plenty of info with which to form your own opinion on whether the guy was guilty or not. And it is good to see someone step up and speak for the real victim of this awful crime.
I have listened to his two trilogies more than once already. I always find something new in a second listen if the book is well written.
Loved the twist in heroics near the end. No spoilers from me, just read it.
Of course this book sent me on a research binge to try to get a hint at what was or wasn't true, and what might have really happened. I can see how the sketchy clues in the true story must have fired McKinty's estimable imagination, and I'm so glad it did. Still one of my very favorite authors.
Well worth the credit. No spoilers here, and I hate reviews that spell out the plot like a book report. I'll just say that this is the author's best yet, and I'll be on the lookout for more. Great characters, good plot, suspenseful and not clichéd. Hope the missing book #3 in the series gets recorded soon.
Very good page turner, far better than his previous work. I've long been on the fence with Adler-Olsen, but he gets better and better and this one really left me wanting more. Unlike some readers I have no issue with the use of a British reader, since the book was so clearly translated by a Brit: expressions like "mate" "blimey" and "bollocks" sprinkled throughout, would sound odd read any other way. He still manages to say a lot about the way each character is drawn by the author through his infections and various accents. A great story, well told, well worth the credit.
On to the next Dept Q -
The fresh interpretation of this well-known plot, enriched with fully fleshed out characters and an absolutely terriffic reading by Richard Armitage.
Loved all of them, but have a huge soft spot for Yorick.
Yes, but it's (believe it or not) a spoiler.
I'd read the author's treatment of MacBeth and was very impressed with the way that the modern novelization enriched my understanding of the play, humanizing the characters. This interpetation of Hamlet was even better, a very moving take on material I have read and seen performed countless times. What guts it takes to re-work Shakespeare in this way, and what a surprise that it not only works but reveals new layers within the original material. A VERY BIG 5 stars.
A bit more realism, character definition and a bit of humor. Humans have a way of dealing with the worst things they see with a bit of dark humor as a defense mechanism. The suspense authors I love best are able to include some of that as a way of humanizing their heroes and avoiding the pitfall of droning melodrama (see Stuart MacBride, Adrian McKinty, even Steven King).
Not at all.
Rather one-note and melodramatic. Nice voice though.
I don't mind a story that gets a bit grisly if I love the characters and can identify with them, and if the crimes are anchored in some kind of reality. This book left all those qualiies in the rear view mirror and started to just feel silly at some point. I found the characters kid of flat. Like I said, it's just not for me, although I see that others have enjoyed it.
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