The wonderful characters and rich descriptions. And the "can't stop listening" level of suspense.
Very early on in this book I wondered "WOW, who the heck is this guy and why haven't I heard of him before? He could give Stephen King a solid run for his money" having no idea in the world that he was, in fact, a chip off the old King block until I looked him up online. As an author Joe Hill stands firmly on his own even though this acorn didn't fall far from the tree. Hill's style is in no way a lesser imitation of his fathers' work, although the writing is clearly influenced by it in all of the best possible ways. If you loved "It" or any of King's best, you really must read this one. Personally I can't wait to read more of his work.
Also: be sure to listen right through the credits where Hill sneaks in a creepy little plot epilogue, followed by an interesting author's commentary on audiobooks, the wonderful Kate Mulgrew, and his experience of growing up in a family of writers.
One of the best books I've ever read/listened to. One of those rare books that for me, illuminated a new vision of the world I live in and my place in it. Would give more stars if I could. Powerful, deeply moving, inspiring, and a classic on par with the likes of "To Kill a Mockingbird". I know I'll sit with this one for a time and will absolutely have to read it again when I'm ready.
Well-researched and chilling, the author goes to great lengths to place the reader in the time and unique place of this awful crime while raising important questions about the death penalty, the role of literature and the existence of evil.
What a gift. More Duffy? I'm a huge fan of a handful of "Celtic Noir" writers, and Adrian McKinty is one of the very, very best. McKinty, Stuart MacBride, Stuart Neville, Tana French . . .
Sad, unexpected ending.
I had read interviews with McKinty where he said he was not going to return to this character, and I was really sad to hear it. Jumped out of my skin when I saw this in New Releases. Even if the subject of the Troubles has been well-explored in the previous three novels, I'm there for the beautiful writing, so full of wit, rich with atmosphere and 3-D characters. Hope Adrian isn't done with Sean yet. I'm not. There's still more to see through Duffy's eyes.
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.
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