The author's style is only faintly detectable in this thrown-together hash of a story. It is not written in short story form. In it's entirety, it would have to stretch to make a sketchy first chapter in the Bosch books of the past. I admit to not checking this pre-order for length - or even for price, for that matter. Still, I doubt whether I'm the only customer to feel cheated.
This mystery novel stands alone among the Jane Casey books in my library, both for the quality of it's writing and particularly for its narration. In the books I've heard, Sarah Coombs' performances vary widely - some are almost painful, as she grinds out strangled dialog between male characters. But her performance in The Burning is perfect. The plot is complicated and nuanced, the characters vibrant and interesting. I hope there will be more Casey like this one.
Beautifully written by the masterful Ian McEwan, and flawlessly performed by narrator Lindsay Duncan, The Children Act is a quiet, but totally involving, gem. This story will stay with you.
I can enjoy science fiction and fantasy without a problem, but Cain's Archie/Gretchen duo defies imagination. To me, their relationship represents a cheap page-filler that weakens Archie's main character and makes the storyline less than credible. Cain is a talented writer but, in my opinion, this series is a waste of time.
A little more personal background, a little less professional detal.
I think Ms. Fey writes the way she thinks, so my luke-warm response is not due to a lack of writing skill.
Peppy. Direct. Shrill.
I thought the scenes were appropriate within the subject matter. I'm simply not interested in the subject.
I admire what I know of Tina Fey's rise to the top of her profession. I think she is a gifted comedienne. Comedy is not my forte, I watch neither SNL nor Thirty Rock, so I'm not a good judge of this book.
Nesbo's phenomenal writing.
The laborinthine plot, that lost nothing for it's length. Every word was precisely placed to lead the reader to assumptions of guilt for one charactor after another, right up to the satisfying conclusion.
I'm not certain I've heard him before, but he is excellent.
It would be difficult to listen to it in one sitting, but I listened to the whole thing in two days of Christmas preparations!
Cudos to the translator.
I liked this book. The characters are interesting and finely drawn, but Tiffany Baker seems to hesitate in committing them to definite moral ground. Whatever the reader believes about right-to-die issues, the book would have been strengthened by some kind of debate around this theme. The last couple of chapters had a loose, "unedited" feel, without proper time to develop pivotal plot resolutions. Still, the narration was excellent and the bones of a very good novel somehow shone through.
We could always count on C.J. Box for great plots and his characters are unforgettable. Now, in COLD WIND, he also nails the nuanced ambiance of the real Wyoming, geographically and politically. As a native of that great state, I can't wait for his next offering.
The over-the-top narration of this book chased me away less than half-way through. Moning's good writing was defeated by the female narratator's hysterical interpretation. In a word, "Yuck!"
For me Connelly's best ideas come from the courtroom. The Reversal is no exception, with it's behind-the-scenes look at both the prosecutorial and defense teams in a high-profile re-trial of a child murderer. Good, quick read to curl up with in the cool fall weather.
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