Surprising mysteries embroiled in a classic Pat Conroy novel with compelling, heartbreakingly realistic character development. Great narration.
The story is not bad, but Flaubert goes into sometimes excruciating detail over some pretty inconsequential aspects of the story. I was really aching for it to be over about 4 hours before it ended. If I had been reading this, I would certainly have skipped though a lot of the detail.
Somehow I missed this in my reading of Pat Conroy's books in years past, and somehow I missed the BEST of all of his works. This is a fabulous story written elegantly, passionately and so beautifully that it makes me realize the failings of other authors whose works I have previously thought were entertaining. I now feel that entertainment is not enough!! I am IN LOVE with this book and with Pat Conroy's talent and skillful artistry. THANK YOU, Pat, from the bottom of my heart, for all you and your compatriots endured to deliver this masterpiece to the world. I also want to thank the narrator for his unique ability to provide the emotional context that gives realism, heart and soul to this true nightmare.
This novel won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it does have some very unusual characters in it that become more and more loveable as the book progresses. I liked the characters, and in the end, the story a lot.
This was my first James Patterson novel, so I might have picked the wrong book, but this story line was really a bore from the very beginning. I hated the narration, and the music applied for emphasis. The courtroom scenes were worse than amateurish, in that most of the logical arguments weren't even made. At the end, I kept screaming at the narrator: "Why doesn't the lawyer for the bad guy tell the TV viewers to call the police instead of waxing philosophically about fairness?"
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