This was a wonderful listen! I keep waiting for audible to bring us the rest of the series. If you liked this, try listening to Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Suzannah Clarke.
I was expecting a good mystery, but this is just a standard romance novel, which would be okay, but the writing is not very good.
What a hoot! I love our burglar/hero and his droll sense of humor, and I found myself chuckling even as I teased through the many threads of this intricate plot. In fact, I wasn't paying enough attention to the mystery here, and was surprised to find how many details I'd missed as I arrived at the final chapter.
I look forward to the next in this series, and I promise not to let my puzzle mind get distracted by this charming thief!
Stephen King is a master storyteller, and his characters are always well drawn and fascinating. This novel is no exception, but I was disappointed with the plot. This story unfolds with very few surprises. I was hoping for more from The King.
This started off as an interesting premise for a detective novel--a distraught mother investigates the disappearance of her drug addicted daughter. The twist? The daughter disappears as she's being escorted to rehab by the interventionist. As soon as the police detective appears, the whole thing degenerates into a thinly veiled Christian romance novel. Even he writing deteriorates as the author starts to develop the predictable attraction between the mom and the cop. Then, bible passages began to appear! Really?
Don't waste your credit unless you're sure this is the kind of book you want!
I'm not entirely sure that this book warrants a 4 star review, but if I rate it any lower, I'm afraid you'll pass it over. If you like stories where you know from the beginning that there is something that we're not being told, this is for you. Someone put this in the category of the "unreliable narrator" story, but I'm not sure that even quite describes it. I finished this book weeks ago, and i cant get it out of my head. Definitely worth the credit!
When you put this all together, it's better than you might think. The story might appear to be far-fetched, but given the current news out of LA about a rogue cop on the rampage, it all becomes more plausible. We get some good back-story on these characters, and they become more than the stereotypical set of action figures. McLarty's narration is solid, and suitably hard boiled for the material. This was my first foray into the works of Robert Crais, and I want to hear more.
If you really want to learn about this topic, get the book from the library and skim it. The information is great, but this effort needs a better editor!
I read this for our book group, and would have quit half way through because of the annoying characters. Things come together toward the end, and all is redeemed.
I just completed one year of college level Spanish. The course covered basic vocabulary and all grammar, but we rarely had time to practice speaking. I've been looking for a way to keep the language in my mind without being tied to my computer or a book. I started with Level 2 of "Learning Spanish Like Crazy" and it is perfect for my abilities, as long as I set my player on slow speed. This program allows me to compose sentences aloud, followed immediately by the correct answer. The dialogues contain many useful phrases that I will use in daily life. I also was able to download the written text to use as a review. What a deal this is for 1 credit!
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