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The Calling of the Grave (David Hunter #4)

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'At first glance it could have been anything - a stone, a knotted root - until you looked more closely. Thrusting out of the wet earth, its bones visible through rags of flesh, was a decomposing hand...'It was eight years ago that they found the body buried on the moor. They were certain that this was one of psychotic rapist and multiple murderer Jerome Monk's teenage vict ...more
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Constanze Zietz
Apr 14, 2017 Constanze Zietz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scary-stuff
I read this book a few years ago and could not remember the detailed content, all I knew was that I didnt like it very much. A dear friend and fellow bookaholic encouraged me to give it another go and I must thank her as I am forced to change my judgement now and admit that I really liked the book. The story is constructed very clever and the ending is not what the reader expected. As a lot of the story is placed in a moor which brings a certain kind of darkness and tension to the plot without t ...more
Anna
I loved the first two books in the David Hunter series, The Chemistry of Death and Written in Bone, giving them both 4.5 stars, although I felt the third Whispers of the Dead lost some of it's edge, giving it 3.5.

This fourth one fell even further away. The detailed forensic elements that made the first books so interesting were reduced to a couple of lines here and there, and despite the action being centred around the moors, the atmospheric qualities of the earlier books were also missing. It b
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A Girl Has No Name
Wie gewohnt ein echter Page-Turner - habe das Buch praktisch in einem Rutsch durchgelesen - aber leider wie auch in der Struktur genau wie die Vorgänger aufgebaut. Die meisten Wendungen waren vorauszusehen und es war auch von Anfang an klar, dass nichts so ist wie es scheint. Irgendwie kam es mir das Ende dieses Mal auch recht unglaubwürdig vor; es war als ob Beckett um jeden Preis überraschen wollte. Da mir der Charakter David Hunter in seiner Entwicklung jedoch sehr gut gefällt, gibt es auch f ...more
Lena
Jan 23, 2011 Lena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
3 (1/2) Sterne (wann kriegen wir endlich die Möglichkeit dazu?)

Ich bin kein wirklicher Fan von Krimis, aber ab und zu muss es dann doch einer sein.

Bei Simon Beckett schwankt es immer - "Chemie des Todes" fand ich toll, "Kalte Asche" ging so, "Leichenblässe" war ganz gut, wenn auch übertrieben und man wusste zu schnell wer der Täter ist (jedenfalls habe ich das so in Erinnerung). Aber irgendwie will ich doch immer wissen wie es mit David Hunter weitergeht.

Was ich an den Büchern mag, ist, dass er
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Adela
Feb 02, 2017 Adela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a bit disappointed by the book. As I am a huge fan David Hunter and I really enjoyed the first 3 books, I was expecting to be dazzled by this one but it seemed a bit off, very different from the others and not in a good way. The thrilling sensation wasn't there, the characters left me cold ... so I hope the next one will be much better.
Sangeeta
Mar 07, 2012 Sangeeta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An okay read. Nearly ditched it halfway because the characters were just so unlikeable! Not half as good as the earlier David Hunter books I've read.
primeballerina
Jul 23, 2012 primeballerina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nach seinen Weltbestsellern der Reihe um Dr. David Hunter ("Die Chemie des Todes", "Kalte Asche", "Leichenblässe") ist nun der nächste vielversprechende Thriller des Autoren Simon Beckett mit dem dazu passenden Cover erschienen: "Verwesung".

Der vierte Roman um den forensischen Anthropologen Dr. David Hunter beginnt mit einem Einblick in sein Leben vor 8 Jahren. Vor 8 Jahren haben seine Frau Kara und die gemeinsame Tochter Alice gelebt - die bisherigen Romane spielten schon nach deren Autounfall.
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Matt
Oct 17, 2012 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beckett returns with another adventure, though this one does not put the focus on forensic anthropology. Instead it opens with Dr. David Hunter enjoying his work and loving his family. A serial killer who brought havoc to a small English community is caught, though many of the bodies never did turn up. After a brief escape, the killer is recaptured and all those on the case go about their daily lives. Eight years later, with Hunter living with the major changes the reader knows all too well (at ...more
Carol Kerry-green
A great way to start my 2012 reading:)

In this book we first get to see David Hunter in the days before his wife and daughter tragically died. 8 years ago, David was called in to help identify the body if a young girl who had been found buried in the peat on Dartmoor. It is believed that she was one if the victims of convicted killer Jerome Monk. Monk agrees to show them where the other bodies are buried and he is brought to the moors under heavy guard. But, just as Sophie the BIA on the case thi
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Sebastian
Nov 16, 2016 Sebastian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Definitely not my favorite book in this series but I still enjoyed listening to it. It took the author quite a while to build up suspense and the plot was far away from being unpredictable but somehow I didn't really mind because the story was still interesting and never felt boring to me. The romance or not-romance was a bit annoying just as the fact that there are what felt like 328 cops that are all assholes and seem to have a rivalry with David Hunter which often made it quite a challenge no ...more
Kipi
The more I've read these, the more they annoy me in some respects. Theres always "the tingling feeling I've missed something but I let it go" and "when I thought everything was clear BOOOM a surprise". But nevertheless, I like these. Entertaining books!
Gea
Jan 08, 2017 Gea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Echt goede boeken vind ik dit. Helaas geen nieuwe delen meer, in 2017 verschijnt het 5de deel in het Engels. Maar of en wanneer dit vertaald gaat worden weet ik niet.
Ik ben er intussen al achter dat deel 5. Watergraf op 22 mei gaat verschijnen, dit jaar. Die ga ik dus echt wel lezen.
Yv
Apr 15, 2017 Yv rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ook Niets Blijft Verborgen begon weer lekker sterk met forensisch geneuzel. Helaas is dit boek wel héél anders dan de voorgaande drie boeken. Het boek bestaat uit twee delen: Het eerste deel gaat over het verleden van Dokter Hunter, zo'n 8 jaar terug. Het tweede deel beslaat het heden. Het is leuk dat je in het eerste deel meer te weten komt over de dood van zijn vrouw en dochter, iets wat in elk boek toch wel een beetje vraagtekens bij me op bleef leveren. Want wat was er nou écht gebeurd?!

Het
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Mathilda Grace
Mar 18, 2017 Mathilda Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Menschen sind eindeutig Abschaum.

Klingt schlimm, ich weiß, aber das 4. Buch der David Hunter-Reihe zeigt einmal mehr und das sehr deutlich, dass die meisten Menschen nur noch auf den eigenen Vorteil bedacht sind und dabei problemlos über Leichen gehen. Schlimmer noch, sie schieben es sogar anderen unter, ohne Rücksicht auf Verluste, Hauptsache, man rettet damit die eigene Haut.

Je weiter ich die Geschichte um Jerome Monk las, umso misstrauischer wurde ich. Auch wenn ich keine Ärztin bin, war mir
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Tintentraeume
Eins. Zwei. Acht. Die Ziffern des Zerfalls. In diesem Verhältnis verwesen alle Organismen, ob groß, ob klein. An der Luft, im Wasser, unter der Erde. […] Eins. Zwei. Acht. Eine einfache Formel – und eine unveränderliche Wahrheit. Je tiefer wir etwas vergraben, desto länger wird es überleben.
[S. 8]

Erster Satz:
Eins.

Inhalt:
Die Vergangenheit ist ein Teil von uns. Die Vergangenheit ist unveränderbar, auch wenn wir uns manchmal das Gegenteil wünschen. Die Vergangenheit macht uns aus, macht u
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Jenny
Apr 06, 2017 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Für mich persönlich der bisher schwächste Teil der David Hunter Reihe.
Schön fand ich den Einstieg,der noch vor der "Chemie des Todes"-Storyline spielt.
Leider fehlte dem Rest des Buches das gewisse Etwas.
Von daher konnte man es zwar ähnlich schnell und angenehm lesen wie die Vorgänger,aber so komisch es auch klingt,vielleicht hätten ein paar mehr Leichen der Story gut getan.
Veijn
Feb 09, 2017 Veijn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked to read Dr Hunter again. Liked the beginning. Was a good story but with a little to less forensics.
The plot twists were mostly not that good and the ending not very satisfactory. Could have been better.
Clary
Mar 04, 2011 Clary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vorablesen
Der erste Teil des neuen Krimis "Verwesung" spielt zeitlich einige Jahre vor der Handlung von Becketts Vorgängerkrimis wie etwa "Chemie des Todes".

Hunter, ein aufstrebender Forensiker mit einer kleinen Familie, wird nach Dartmoor berufen, um den Fundort einer Leiche zu überprüfen. Es wird vermutet, dass es sich um eines der vier Opfer des brutalen Seriekillers Monk handelt, der junge und hübsche Frauen auf bestialische Weise getötet und verstümmelt hat (wird bildhaft beschrieben, nichts für über
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Dan
Dec 30, 2014 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
So, the fourth book to feature forensic anthropologist David Hunter. Except this has almost nothing to do with forensic anthropology and is more of a typical crime thriller. It features the typical scenario of a convicted murderer taking the police to the location where he hid the bodies, in a remote scenario. Thank goodness that is not the main part of the novel because it is one of the most overused plots in crime dramas. The main part of the novel sees the murderer escaping from prison eight ...more
ÖcherPrinte
Jul 10, 2011 ÖcherPrinte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die neuste David-Hunter-Erzählung beginnt mit einem Rückblick auf eine 8 Jahre alte Mordermittlung. David Hunter wurde zu einer Mädchenleiche in einem Moor gerufen, die von Monk, einem Serienmörder getötet wurde. In diesem Moor sollen noch zwei weitere Opfer von Monk liegen. Der ermittelnde Beamte, ein früherer Bekannter von Hunter lässt den Mörder ins Moor bringen, damit dieser die anderen Ablageorte verrät. Doch das ganze wird zu einem Fiasko, weil Monk versucht zu flüchten und fast nicht aufz ...more
Miles
Feb 05, 2011 Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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John Wiltshire
Sep 28, 2015 John Wiltshire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my favourite David Hunter so far. Funnily enough, it had less about forensic anthropology in than the others, but clearly Beckett is into his stride with this series and his hero now, willing to write a more character-based mystery. Set almost entirely on Dartmoor, this was bound to strike a chord with me because that's where I set my novels. Beckett's Dartmoor wasn't one I actually recognised, however, more austere and forbidding than I've ever found it, but then it's my home, spiritua ...more
Polina
Jan 17, 2016 Polina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Прочитавши серію про доктора Хантера, можу зробити висновки:
- солідні знання автора з медицини, антропології,біології. Кожний розділ починається з опису того, що і коли відбувається з тілом людини після смерті,
- бідні і одноманітні сюжети. Сюжети абсолютно ніякі, книжка виграє за рахунок огидних описів розпаду тіла. Після перших 2 книжок наперед знаєш, де і як розвиватимуться події. І основне - головний підозрюваний не скоював ніяких злочинів, а найближчий друг / коханка
/ лікар не такий простий
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Bogdan
Dec 28, 2011 Bogdan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely terrible! Characters behave like they are 15 years old teenagers ( and the bad sort of teenagers, some are still good kids ). No depth to them.

Seems to me the author was quite confused. I surely hope he won't write a new book, to me it seems that the quality is going down as he keeps writing new ones.

PS. Or maybe I'm still overwhelmed by Stephen Kings characters from The Stand ( as in really developed and believable ).
Sammiles
Mar 02, 2012 Sammiles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I thought this book was going to be quite difficult to read, but once i got past the first chapter and more of the story that developed the more I was enthralled.
I loved the twists and turns of Simon Beckett and the niggling thought through the book that something was not right, which was revealed at the very end.

A must read and I look forward to reading more book by Simon Beckett.
Tine
Feb 15, 2011 Tine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
Kind of disappointed - wasn't what I expected of a David Hunter story. No forensic details, too lame in the middle part of the book and quite predictable. Good moments at the end while solving some mysteries and relationships between the characters.
Kersi
Oct 18, 2014 Kersi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars ☆☆☆
clearly not the best book by Simon Beckett but stil enjoyed it. Maybe I didn't like it as much as the others because I'm not into bogs at all. pity!
First book that I finished for the #5books7days read-a-thon :)
Any Length
I wasn't moved by this book, but it managed to keep my attention long enough to listen my way through it in audio form. It was written in a bit of a stuffy old english style which didn't help.
Julie
Mar 17, 2012 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read my review
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Petko Stankov
Jan 08, 2015 Petko Stankov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
January Challenge: Read a mystery or thriller √
Just incredible! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. One of my favourite authors!
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After an MA in English, Simon Beckett spent several years as a property repairer before a stint teaching in Spain. Back in the UK, he played percussion in several bands. He has been a freelance journalist since 1992, writing for The Times, The Independent on Sunday Review, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer and other major British publications. In 2002, as part of an article on the National Forensi ...more
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