Winner of the 2011 CrimeFest Sounds of Crime Award.
Don't imagine for one moment that I'm not watching you...
After a New Year's Eve ball, a woman is raped as she returns to her hotel room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Superintendent Roy Grace realises that these new cases bear close similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in Brighton back in 1997. When more women are assaulted, Grace becomes increasingly certain that they are dealing with the same twisted individual...
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"Contrived, awful narration."
I mistakenly bought this book, as once it got going I recalled how awful the previous one was. I thought it was never going to end, and it didn't. Far too much left hanging, presumably to get you to buy the next book - no thanks! The narrator was as bored as me I think.
Typical Peter James: hooky plot, great momentum. Shoe talk a bit far fetched but that kind of fitted in. Personally I tend to struggle with the dialogue in all his books - it is too writery to be plausible at times and that jolts me out of things a bit. Not terribly keen on this narrator's 'woman' voice - he makes all women sound infuriating. Pronunciations of local places is always funny - especially the river 'adjure' which we call the Aider round here. And a copper would definitely know local names. :-).
"One for those who enjoy women being used/degraded"
I was a big fan of Peter James's early books but am noticing an unfortunate trend for his female characters to be there to be graphically used & degraded; not appealing for me. I'm not being a prig, it just gets tedious & unpleasant. The narrator is also really starting to get on my nerves with poor attempts at accents and sounding disinterested. Maybe he doesn't like the subject matter either and that's how he gets through the reading? Probably will not invest in anymore. As has been suggested before, listen to the sample before buying.
I am new to Peter James books, but am now reading his DS Roy Grace books in order. I started with book 4 and got hooked, my husband and I were traveling a lot and his book kept us interested and wanting to hear more. Complicated plots to listen too but keeps you on your toes. I am even enjoying housework as I can listen to my book and feel like I am not wasting time. Well read and sometimes a bit gory but so good, the twist and turns keep you guessing.
"Another great Roy graces novel"
Another great listen. Really enjoyed as always great plot twists. Good as a single book but also works well into the Roy grace series
"A good continuation of the Roy Grace series"
Just finished listening to Dead Like You and I found this Roy Grace story entertaining as usual. These books make a very easy and involving listen, and I have found them to be consistently of good quality. Although I was not disappointed with this one in the least, I think it is one of the weaker ones in the series, and the twist towards the end is a little unbelievable - without giving the ending away I don't think it rings true to the character portrayal that was established earlier in the story of the particular character involved in the twist. The end of the book is also a little limp. Nevertheless, I would not wish to give the wrong impression - I still found this to be a good story that is well narrated and which kept me looking forward to the next time I would listen to the book. It was still a very enjoyable listen.
The Roy Grace series has many fans,unfortunately I cannot count myself as one of them.
The story is set in Brighton and moves back and forth in time over a twelve year period.
An unsolved crime, a serial rapist and murderer appears to be back after a long break, Grace was involved in tthe original unsuccessful investigation, now twelve years later he is leading the new team attempting to catch the killer.
The premis of the book is good, however in my opinion there are too many holes in the plot. There are a few nice twists, but most of the red herrings are far too obvious. The villain of the piece is like the red herrings too easy to spot. The problem with this is, it makes the officers investigating the case look stupid, and I don't think that was the authors intention. The narration was fine, but I did'nt enjoy the book.
"FAR TOO LONG"
DLY starts quite promisingly, however, it never seems to get going. Everyone is a designer shoe fetishist which quickly becomes snoozerama. The ending is very unsatisfying. I have grudgingly awarded two stars, it sort of deserves that rating (just). IMHO I would choose another book.
I enjoyed this novel, it is well narrated and fast moving. I did find the assumption that so many people have shoe fetishes, to be a bit irritating, and the story was absolutely obsessed by this. Mainly I enjoyed the story, although I find that some of the main characters have a very odd way of responding or behaving.
"Author wins over narrator"
The Roy Grace series of books are all well written and intriguing. However, the narration on much of this one is just plain boring! At times I struggled to maintain attention on the book. It is a tribute to the author that I succeeded, and gradually 'screened out' the voice.
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