On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.
Oh my, where to begin. No spoilers, but it's first of all a case of mistaken identity. While there is a backstory, big chunks of it never are addressed and others are drawn out and out. The 2 big clues left in a diary are just so artificial. It doesn't take too long to figure out the plot and from there it is just a slog with characters who don't behave in ways people should. I have a pet peeve with stories where people drag their memories for "what was that I heard or saw that was off?" way after the fact, then recalling details. It was just too much artifice for my taste.
The brutal murder of respected police officer Sergeant Zheng Haoming sends shockwaves through Chengdu, a modern metropolis in the heart of China's stunning Sichuan Province. He had been obsessed by an unsolved 18-year-old murder case until an entity calling themselves Eumenides (after the Greek goddess of vengeance and retribution) releases a terrifying manifesto. Is the manifesto a sick joke or something more sinister? Soon the public starts "nominating" worthy targets for Eumenides to kill, and two days later, Sergeant Zheng is dead.
The plot is that people being killed who are deemed to deserve to die Some super interesting devices are left dangling, and what we do learn has giant holes. The most interesting part is trying to figure out why this is such as blockbuster in China. It is just one thing after another until I didn't care any more.
Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.
Seems hard to believe that an epic struggle could be so boring, but the author focuses on such strange parts of the story, with little sense of action or flow. Flowery, implausible thoughts are given room, leaving little space for building suspense. I made myself finish, but at the end I just didn't care at all.
This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.
I could not engage with this story. Although the book starts with the victim dead, I never learned enough about her to care. The characters didn't follow logical arcs, and I quit listening about 2/3 through when it fell apart for me. I tried but I did not enjoy any of this.
Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.
I quit with 20 minutes left to go. Could see one major and distracting twist coming a mile away and by the time the others arrived, I just didn't care about these people any more. And the narration - just tooooo much. Hours of whatever that emotion was - I can't even. I enjoyed this less than any real book I've read in a long time. it is edited and linear so I'll give it a couple of stars, but would not recommend it.
In 1986, Eddie and his friend are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same.
This is a well written, well edited book about an unsolved murder that took place in the main character's childhood, but such a refreshing change from many "psychological thrillers" on the market today. The characters behave in ways that are reasonably unreasonable - just like real people do - to make the entire story compelling. I was not waiting breathlessly to find the mystery solved, but enjoyed the book from beginning to end.
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Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley, and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.
This was everything I could have wanted to happen in the Smiley finale. So beautifully written, so heart breaking, read with a voice like butter. I don't know if I can read ordinary books again so going back to start over on the Smiley books.
Grace Bradshaw knows the exact minute she will die. On death row for murdering her infant son, her last breath will be taken on February 15 at 12:01 a.m. Eleven years, five months, and 27 days separate her from the last time she heard her precious daughter's voice and the final moment she'd heard anyone call her mom. Out of appeals, she can focus on only one thing - reconnecting with her daughter and making sure she knows the truth.
I think this author is just too nice to write suspense. The plot was uncomplicated by realistic details with holes you could walk through, the characters all cartoonishly nice, and spoiler alert, this all isn't setting you up to find a dark underbelly. Honestly, just kind of dumb. No mystery except how it was published.
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The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, but when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be those of Tommy Burke - a former lover of two different inhabitants - the village's dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated sergeant PJ Collins struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community's worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.
The key to the mystery is pretty obvious with big hints dropped early, but it's the characters and their motives that make this book such a pleasure. A very refreshing read, hopefully the start of a series.
[Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.
Jon Ronson is both interesting and entertaining' as usual. He doesn't try to be neutral and I'm not sure I agree with his conclusions, but I love the book and conversation about the ripple effects of free online pornography.