This is an engrossing read, with deep character development and a great plot line. The first half of the book keeps you riveted to the story. Unfort..Show More »unately the second half is not as fast paced and bogs down some in the emotional life of the central characters. Some interesting twists and turns keep you going. Enough of the story is unique that it is possible to overlook the places where it becomes predictable.
Two points regarding "Christine Falls" and "The Silver Swan":
1) Benjamin Black is a fabulous writer who knows too well the weakness of..Show More » the human condition. Those who have read Dennis Lehayne ("Mystic River", etc.) will love this series. Highly recommended!
2) Why doesn't Timothy Dalton narrate more audiobooks?! He is simply outstanding.
This is the third in a trilogy (so far) of Quirke mysteries. The stories are compelling, the characters very real and Timothy Dalton's eloquent narrat..Show More »ion is spot on. I've listened to all three novels and he enunciates so well I haven't missed a word. Best narration I've heard of the twenty books I've purchased from Audible so far.
Bought and enjoyed the previous Dr. Quirk books, esp. Christine Falls, but having a hard time with this due to the change in narrator. The cadence ge..Show More »ts very tiresome, and the "acting", if you can call it that, isn't good. The character of Dr. Quirk is entirely different. Too bad.
The line below comes from another reviewer for another book, however, I thought it was so true about Vengeance 'This book goes on and on with smal..Show More »l details about things that just does not matter'.