A tragic accident leaves Inspector Monk with amnesia just moments after he solves the murder of a popular Crimean war hero. Forced to redo his entire investigation, a frustrated Monk faces a desperate murderer who will do anything to keep the inspector from discovering the truth twice.
Crack another case with William Monk.
©1990 Anne Perry; (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC
I am new to the Monk series. What a treat. And I LOVE Davina Porter. She is so talented. The way she manipulates her voice, masters subtle accents, and gently tells a story is just brillant. Anne Perry serves up fascinating characters, psychological twists, and a duo of likeable protaganists. Have already downloaded the next two books in the series. Shamelessly hooked.
The idea that our detective has amnesia and is struggling to uncover details about his own life and get to know himself while he is uncovering details and getting to know the victim. The way these "investigations" mirror each other. When Monk reflects on the emptiness of only seeing the outcomes of elements in his life (the way he dresses, his ambition, his relationships) without having any understanding of the motives and drivers behind them. Not only is his memory lost, but the very essence of what make him him is lost, and his trying to figure it out by seeing himself reflected in the attitudes and behaviors of others toward him. Very powerful.
When Monk revists the crime scence later in the book and is galvanized by the sight of the walking stick in the stand. Up to that point, I had thought that maybe his "flashbacks" and emotional responses to the crime scene where almost a psychic talent brought about by his accident and that that would be a part of his character. At that point, both he and the reader began to realize that his involvement in the crime is very real and, ironically, he begans to hide his secrets more and more just as he is uncovering the victim's secrets.
I will and have listened to this story more than once. She is a great story teller and the Monk series is very good. As is the Pitt Series too,
I really liked the way the author takes you through the experience of losing your memory and slowly trying to put the pieces together.
Davina Porter is my favorite reader. She does accents and voices so well you can tell who the character it as she reads the story and recognize them as the book progresses.
I'm seen too many movies made from excellent books and the film rarely does the book justice.
The narrator davina porter is excellent.story is great and characters are rich
I will listen to all of this authors books available on audio
Anne Perry has an excellent mastery of the language. This novel is superb. The characters are well drawn, the mystery is intriguing, and the atmosphere is oh so Victorian.
This was my first William Monk story. Really enjoyed it. Strong story that hold your interest. Davina Porter's performance very, very good. All in all a most enjoyable experience, looking forward to more of Anne Perry and William Monk.
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