I've read all her other Lynley books so despite the mixed reviews I listened to this one.
The story's okay - less detective novel than a book describing relationships.
The main problem I had was the narration. The accents weren't brilliant - the newspaper editor sounded like Fagin from the film 'Oliver'.
Al in all, not a complete waste, but not a resounding success either.
This book is gruesome, not only because of what happens in the story, but also because it's a comment on the world we now live in.
I can't say it was enjoyable - it was gripping though.
I wouldn't recommend it to the fainthearted, but it isn't a horror book in the classic sense.
I wouldn't say that this book's outstanding. However, it was a very enjoyable listen, especially when driving.
The subject matter was new to me, but not once did I get lost in the technical details.
I'll read more by this author.
I enjoyed the first book immensely, so looked forward to listening to the second.
The same characters are there with a few new ones. The narrations are interesting and relevant. The plots thickens. And yet... I found myself fast forwarding through passages as characters - well - just thought too much.
There was too much introspection to my taste and especially when some of the characters started thinking the same things!
I may go for the abridged version for the next one, which is normally not something I do.
Another totally off the wall story with a serious undertone.
I found it amusing rather than outright comical and the reader was on top form.
It was probably just a tad too long.
Once again the author managed to transport me to a country and culture that I know very little about.
I love the two main characters and how the classic 'who done it' and secondary 'romantic interest' play out with all the differences that a strict Muslim grime can create.
Enjoyable listen with well-rounded characters and a good plot.
It's always a good book when I don't fast forward a bit because the part I'm listening to doesn't hold my interest. This one held my interest right to the end.
I didn't want to get this book because of what happened at the end of the last one in the series, but then I had to for the very same reason - if that makes sense!
The end was satisfying, but I also feel slightly cheated for some reason and I think that's due to the story line reflecting life rather than bad writing.
I tend to listen to my books in the car, so only do so with half an ear. A couple of times I had to go back as I was certain I'd missed something because what I was hearing didn't quite make sense. I learnt that in fact, it was they way the story's written that means having to listen further for everything to fall into place.
The descriptive passages were excellent and I could feel myself there.
The detective's disability (I won't mention it here for obvious reasons) almost seemed like an afterthought and didn't add anything to the story.
Despite its gruesome subject, I enjoyed the book.
It had enough twists and turns to keep me wanting to listen right up to the end.
When I first started listening to this I thought I'd made a big mistake in getting it.
Fortunately, I was stuck somewhere where I had no other books at my disposal so I was forced to listen.
Boy, was I pleased that I did.
I just loved the way I was drawn into the story and how the author managed to describe the plight of women in Saudi Arabia without going over the top and making the book a crusade. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I immediately downloaded the next in the series I hope there are going to be more.
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