I have recommended this book to many people because it is so unique and insightful into a dark past that shows it's ugly face even now on occasion in the ignorance and greed that still flourishes in dark corners everywhere. This author has done his homework and created a vivid and sometimes too colorful image of a time that intrigues people still today. This really is a huge book but it goes so fast. It really kept me guessing the whole way through and even had me understanding in some wierd way the reasoning behind finding witches guilty even when it was not the perfered decision.
When Mathew goes into the barn for a second time knowing full well what will happen if he is discovered but also knowing that what ever is hidden there is necessary to find. That whole barn sceen and how it keeps popping up through the rest of the story is a hoot..
Mathew is outstanding and a clear favorite for being so forward thinking and not so easily fooled or led but understanding that he needs to play the role when necessary and bide his time till he can make the proper move.
When Mrs Nettles helps Mathew even though she knows it may be the death of him.
I am so happy to find there is a sequel.. will be following this author!
This book is for everyone who loves shows that deal with forensic medicine. This is the beginnings of forensics and it is amazing with all the historic information. True is really crazy wild stuff here. It taught me things from the past that I never knew and would never have thought of. I wasn't sure if this would be a good story or dry and too much like a text book but I was really surprised by how much I loved it.
I am really enjoying this series and I hope they keep coming.
I can't stress enough that this book has something special going for it. It's completely original. I was so totally entertained with this story and I never knew where it was going or what they were going to do next. I think it takes a lot of imagination to come up with something like this when so many books just seem to be remakes of other books. Everything just came together on this book with great story, great narration and great characters.
I had a bit of trouble with the disgusting aspects of the story which needed to be there for any sense of reality but the book was intense and kept my attention through till the end. A good overall story and narration.
This was a bit of a slow start for me but when I started to get into it I found it very entertaining. The characters were fun and memorable and the story moved along pretty well. It was pretty light and fluffy for a murder mystery but it seemed to work well for this book.
I wasn't sure this would be a book that I'd be interested in as I don't care for a lot of military / police books but this book transcends any category you try to put it into. It has virtually everything we read stories for and even though it was amazingly long, I was sad to have it end.
While the narration was fairly good, it was not overly animated which seemed to suit the story as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers, mysteries and in general a great story.
I found this book disturbing at best. I kept hoping it would improve but just got worse and worse. This was truly a look into the mind of a completely disturbed child that should have been institutionalized or better yet aborted. Not at all what I expected and not a pleasant surprise.
This was an excellent book. It grabbed you from the first and completely carried you along to the end. I listened much longer than planned on several occasions just to find out what happened next. The performance was also outstanding. This book reminded me very much of the Robert McCammon series "speaks the nightbird".
I couldn't even make it through the first half. Way too much detail completely hid the story line. The performance was slow and very monotone which added to the difficulty in listening and following. The China setting with all the little detail added was really difficult to take. People expect a murder/ mystery to move faster and be much more exciting. A good example is "The Body".
I Love , Love Love this series but this one is the first one that I actually forgot what it was about shortly after reading, sign of a boring book for me. I appreciated the usual characters showing up to save the day here and there, but I think it was just that moving the story across the pond just kind of spoiled the magic for me. Please keep it in jolly old England and keep me loving these stories.
As Always, Katherine Kellgren is outstanding!
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