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"It's voice, not event, that grabs hold of the reader and won't let go. Lachlan Harriott immerses us in his obsessions; like Nabokov's Humbert Humbert, he repels and commands sympathy in the same instant. He is a charming, comic, intelligent narrator....Mystery lovers have lately been looking to Scotland, in part because of Mina's fast-growing reputation; this stunning new work can only bolster the trend." (Publishers Weekly)
Well I got this on the strength of the majority of the other reviews and I can only say that I completely disagree. The story plods along with all the speed of a comatose snail, and the so-called "twist" was definitely not worth the wait, nor was it particularly surprising. Sorry, but I cannot agree with the other reviews- avoid this at all costs!
I stayed to the end in order to see how it would end and if it would end. It was a bit hard to follow. I found the husband rather irritating and wishy washy.
Denise Mina's writing is finely wrought, her novels happen to be about crime, but the well developed characters far outshine their genre peers. This was not my favorite Mina treat, but it is well written and engaging.
The structure of the story. The mystery unfolds through the diaries of a house-husband and father. He's desperately searching for evidence to provide grounds for an appeal of his wife's recent murder conviction Since the husband is as clueless as the reader, the process of his discoveries and his emotional journey are very organic and relatable.
Very much. The author does a masterful job of creating a sense that there is much more to the story than the diarist (or the reader) realizes. I couldn't wait to find out what clue would be revealed next.
There's a scene where the protagonist is in shop considering splurging on a new coat. The simple act of trying on the beautiful jacket and thinking about how it makes him feel frees him, if momentarily, from the terrible circumstances in which he's stuck.
The ending was ludicrously implausible and scant reward for plodding through this clunker. The characterization was well done and interesting, and the narration was wonderful.
This book goes nowhere, but takes a very long time getting there. The same story could have been told in a lot less time and would have been a much better listen. Perhaps the editors should consider an abridged edition.
living in los angeles I drive a lot, so audio books save me from a lot of frustration!
This was a strange book. It was in diary form where all the action takes place in someone else's life as the narrator figures out a mystery in his own extremely desultory way. There was no danger or suspense and I had to put it down. I'm sure this author has written better books.
. . . by good reviews. This book is ALL (and I do mean minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day--sprinkled throughout with descriptions of various and sundry bodily excretions) all about how a house husband with no income ends up living happily ever after--after his gainfully employed wife is convicted of murder. Sadder and wiser now, I should have paid attention to the previous reviewer who warned that "deception" is an excellent title.
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