Stuart Neville, “the current master of neo-noir detective fiction” (Boston Globe), is back with a chilling new thriller.
Belfast, Northern Ireland: Rea Carlisle has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn't take her long to clear out the dead man's remaining possessions, but one room remains stubbornly locked. When Rea finally forces it open, she discovers inside a chair, a table - and a leather-bound book, its pages filled with locks of hair, fingernails: a catalogue of victims. Horrified, Rea wants to go straight to the police but her family intervenes, fearing that scandal will mar her politician father's public image. Rea turns to the only person she can think of: disgraced police inspector Jack Lennon. He is facing suspension from the force and his new supervisor, DCI Serena Flanagan, is the toughest cop he's ever met. But a gruesome murder brings the dead man's terrifying journal to the top of the Belfast police's priority list.
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"With his understated Northern Irish accent, narrator Gerard Doyle is an excellent match for Neville's series featuring Inspector Jack Lennon, of Belfast.... Doyle's narration is masterly, and the writing is made for him." (AudioFile)
I thought I would enjoy listening to anything narrated by Gerard Doyle, but this book has convinced me that I was wrong. This is the second Neville book I've "read" and it will be the last as I find his plot lines predictable and the language unremarkable. I adore Irish noir (I realize now how spoiled I am by Adrian McKinty's work) but am off to find other authors whose writing adheres to Elmore Leonard's most important rule, "If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it."
Stuart Neville is one of the few authors I buy "review unseen" - especially if narrated by the Gerard Doyle. The story pulled me in from the first word to the last. Get this book - you will love it.
I waited months for this to come to the Us Audible site. worth the wait.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
This story begins with a brilliant premise that grabs the reader in the first few pages. It's brought down only by the miserable life of the central character, Jack Lennon and the dreary narration of Gerard Doyle.
I don't need sunshine, super heroes or irrepressible detectives to enjoy a good mystery. I do insist on more than one engaging character and preferably one I like. The Final Silence features two gripping characters in Jack Lennon and the head of homicide, DCI McDowell. However, Lennon's once promising career is on the brink of ending due to betrayal, his addiction to drugs and self pity. He muddles and mopes in sorrow throughout the entire novel.
In fairness to Doyle, he's an Irishman telling a sad irish tale. I suspect he captured the tone the author intended, in which case the problem is with me. Nevertheless, I found the reading morose and dreary.
Not enough really compelling stories out there - you know the ones, the ones you can't put down but don't want to end either. This is a good one. Keeps you guessing which way things will fall and with enough complex side stores to keep it all exciting. I will definitely go back and start with book 1 in this series - Gerard Doyle is an excellent narrator and his different voices are perfect for the characters. Don't be afraid to take this as the first book as enough of the backstory is suggested, but not slammed into you.
The Final Silence is enjoyable for fans of crime drama and murder mystery. The story is well crafted with plenty of plot twists, some more predictable than others. This book works well as a stand-alone narrative while also being a continuation of the main protagonist's saga, of which I wasn't aware of before reading this book.
The narration took me out of the story more times than not, his accent provided character that was appropriate for the setting. However, his melancholy tone, that was prevalent throughout, suppressed the more dramatic and intense scenes.
What I found most enjoyable was that Neville structured the story through the eyes of multiple characters giving you perspective into each character's psyche. This book is an overall fun read because it's well-written with characters that you can sympathize with, but on the downside the plot feels a little recycled at times.
Is a very enjoyable book. I've not read the others in the series yet and was able to still enjoy the store as a separate entity.
When the series is finished.
Iain Banks' The Bridge, and Scott Turow's Personal Injuries. All three are populated with flawed characters who remain with you long after the book has ended.
His incomparable phrasing, his understated delivery, his gorgeous accent. Unlike some narrators, Doyle doesn't try to get out in front of the story. He's utterly believable.
More, please, Mr. Neville.
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
I had to re-listen to Mr. Prenumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore for the fourth time just to get this book out of my head.
The presentation was very slow and ponderous, I would have made the narrator's presentation more varied in pace and tone.
Please, dear Lord, no. The protagonist is the most completely miserable person imaginable. He is being punished in every way imaginable for trying to be a decent person. He never catches a break.
I hardly ever recommend that another reader not read a book- I am this time.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
Before I say anything about the book itself, I have to give the narrator a salute. I cannot imagine anyone better to narrate this book. Doyle makes it all work. Truly great work.
As to the book, Neville created a tension that's essential for the genre. The characters were believable and flawed. The "gotcha" was there. There was a tautness to the storyline that kept me listening and trying to figure it out. It was there for 85% of the book and then ... not. I'm not sure what happened, but a solid 4-star listen fell down to a 3.5.
Even though I can't give this a rave review, I'm glad I discovered Stuart Neville and will continue to watch for his books. It's a thoroughly enjoyable listen - undoubtedly due to Doyle's flawless narration. I can't wait to see what else he writes.
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