The bones turn out to be two thousand years old, and DCI Harry Nelson, who called on Ruth for help, is disappointed. He'd hoped they would be the bones of a child called Lucy who's been missing for ten years; he's been getting letters about her ever since. Then a second girl goes missing and Nelson receives more letters.
Soon it becomes clear that Ruth is in grave danger from a killer who knows that her expert knowledge is being used to help the police with their enquiries.
©2009 Elly Griffiths; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
A British archeologist digging in the the marshes of Norfolk (northeast coast of England) finds a very old skeleton of a human girl and then finds the body of a recently killed young girl. his is a rather classic English murder mystery that I thought barely worth listening to.
I wanted to like this book, but I just didn't think it was going to get any more exciting. I actually ended up returning it because I just couldn't make it through the book.
By chapter 6 you knew who the culprit is. And, the readers performance was terrible. Either change tones for each character consistently or don't do it at all. Also, was that supposed to be a Norweigen accent? Half the time it sounded Scottish.
see him as the bad guy, guilty party?? would be curious to read another to see if that carries.
This was entirely predictable, and underwhelming. The characters never developed, and the suspense never really felt organic. The performance was well done, but a great performance can only help mediocre source material so much.
I liked the writing but the story line was very predictable (and my husband teases me I don't see plots coming) the police work was sketchy which made it hard to believe at times. A nice easy read and entertaining but not amazing.
It was OK - the mental equivalent of watching a sitcom. It was entertaining, but nothing special. I think most listeners will have "solved" the mystery well before the finale ending.
The narrator was amazing. Wonderful performance by Jane McDowell. Her narration was the high point of the book for me.
I found the lead character annoying. Apparently she is 40 years old, has advanced degree(s) and the respect of her colleagues. But most of her internal monologue revolves around her "fat." Her thoughts read more like that of an insecure teenager, rather than an adult and accomplished woman. She weighs 175 and is taller than 5'6" (making her 15 to 25 pounds overweight). No matter how bad things are (or who dies) she can cheer herself up with the thought " I haven't eaten in 20 hours" and this cheers her up because she might be a little less fat. Really. Beyond stupid. It's a pathetic picture of womanhood IMHO. Most of the accomplished, educated women I know have a lot more interesting thoughts going on. She gets a happy ending because we find out in last sentences of the book that she now has a valid reason for being fat... ugh.
I thought the perforce was good. I saw the end about half way through. A solid 3.5
"A Crime Novel with an Ancient Twist"
Engrossing, intelligent, pensive.
I liked the main character, Ruth. She seemed a refreshing break from the usual crime lead character. She was not a crime investigator but an archaeologist, which gave her an interesting take on events. Also she was a 'real' woman, a reflection of an intelligent, generous, yet flawed human being.
The moment Ruth discovers the hide (can't say any more without giving the plot away).
The book gave a real sense of the way the past and the present are part of a continuum. The timelessness of the salt marsh, combined with the references to ancient beliefs and practices, gave the whole story an edge that is lacking in typical crime fiction. The prose, too, was better than many crime novels.
There were a couple of inconsistencies in the plot, which is why I have rated this book as four and not five stars. It seemed a little too much of a coincidence for Ruth to find the body in the way that she did, given who the murderer was (don't want to give the plot away). Also, the 'bad' characters lacked depth, I felt, and the scene in which the murderer dies was unrealistic. The murderer seemed more an invented idea of what a 'murderer' might be, rather than a psychopath, and that was slightly disappointing. Having said that, I loved this book, I loved the characters of Ruth and Nelson and I can't wait to listen to the next instalment!
"Story good ....."
The story was good but I found the narrative very flat and slow. On numerous occasions I had to jump back a good 15 minutes or more because my mind had drifted off and I'd realised the story was at a part that i had no recollection of the the journey getting there. You know when you drive to a place so often that once you're there you think....wow I just don't recall any of that journey! Well that's what happened on many an occasion to me during this book. I really don't think it's the authors fault though.
I shall give the author another go though but with a different narrator. The narrator does have a nice voice but just not for story telling.
I did persevere to the end but it was a hard slog and I couldn't wait for it to finish.
"Good story, narrator not great"
Woeful accents started to grate on my nerves but I enjoyed the story and when speaking as "Ruth" the accent wasn't an issue.
I would recommend this to a friend, because it's a refreshing change from your standard 'detective inspector' or 'PI' angle.
I don't do spoilers...silly question!
She's not top league, but is a good steady female reader, without any annoying flaws or impediments. She's even a dab hand at dry wit!
Actually, there were some emotional moments...but, again, no spoilers!
I wish Audible would dispense with this silly question and answers process for writing reviews. Make it an option, so that if we want to write freely, we can.
"Excellent Story !"
It's well up towards the top and far superior to Patricia Cornwell.I was born,as were all of my forbears,in Norfolk,and I still live here.Some of our coast is like this,but a lot is far more pleasurable to visit.
I enjoyed all of it very much.
I don't know why other reviewers say she had a baby ! That does'nt happen in this book !!!
I could easily envision this as a made-for-TV Sunday evening thriller that everybody would sleep through. A bit by-the-numbers in plot and writing.
"A very good story"
None that I can think of.
Ruth, with a bit of Judy & Nelson.
Not really but kept my attention throughout - very enjoyable.
Written as if the narrator (written or audible) is commentating on events as they occur, which once I got used to, I liked - e.g. "Ruth arrives home and finds the security lights are on". Or "Nelsons phone is ringing". The main character, Ruth, is flawed, knows she is and is happy with it. Very refreshing!
"A new favorite author"
It's a really old faschioned puzzle and a good journey to the end. The caracters was described in a very good manner and I could really feel the environment wherever the were located.
"A slow start"
It took me 3 start attempts to listen to this book but I am pleased I persevered with it.
"Daily deal which got me hooked!"
I bought this as one of Audible's daily deals and have since bought every book in the series as soon as my 1 book per month subscription is renewed! The story is brilliant. Not over complicated and is so easy just to get drawn in. I listened to it on my drive to work and ended up being 5 minutes late every day just so i could hear more.
The narrator is fantastic too. The northern accent is a little odd but certainly forgiven.
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