©2009 Nevada Barr; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I have always been a fan of Nevada Barr, however, this book is very dark and very depressing. I was extremely disappointed in this selection, it read more like something she might write for a fiction writing class. If you want to be thoroughly depressed, listen to this one.
But not this time, I regret. It is well crafted enough to suit me, but the story is just too dark for my taste. Yes, her books are always murder mysteries and have gotten progressively darker over the years, but this crossed over a line in my mind. Maybe it's actually a tribute to the author, not liking this one...perhaps it was just too real for my fiction leaning taste.
This was a surprise. Although it had the well woven plot twists known to Barr, it spent too much time on graphic violence.
What a huge disappointment for my family! We've enjoyed every one of Barr's Anna Pigeon series over the years and looked forward to hearing this one. A few lines of dialog in the first chapter leapt out at me and ruined whatever suspense/mystery might have carried the story. I wondered later if perhaps the reader, knowing the whole story at the time he read aloud, might have tried too hard to make a couple of comments seem unimportant. Something in his delivery made me ask a question and then mentally answer it. Not until the last chapter did the author give the answer -- the same answer -- but by then I was too bored to care.
The characters were not very compelling. Good people, striving to succeed and live a good live in spite of horrendous childhood experiences...shouldn't it be fairly easy to make them appealing? And the villain was one-dimensionally evil, with no real background on why he was that way.
Even a favorite author falters once in awhile, but I will not seek out any future non-series books Ms. Barr chooses to publish.
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