The Blue Place (Aud Torvingen #1)
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The way Griffith handled the violent scenes was amazing, I just loved the stream-of-consciousness thing, like here:
"It unfolded like a stop-motion film of a blooming rose: bright, beautiful and blindingly fast. And I wanted to laugh as I ducked and lunged; wanted to sing as I sank my fist wrist deep in...more
I've been looking forward to this book, and this author, for a long time as I've heard high praise of them from people I trust to have good taste in stories. And I'd saved the book up for holiday reading so I was almost expecting to be disappointed. I wasn't disappointed.
Griffith brings characters to life in realistic ways, her main character Aud Torvingen is supposed to be quite a cool headed character and could easily have come over as cardboardy even with first person narration to show us th...more
Aud Torvingen is a hell of a character. She’s six feet tall of toughness, danger, ass-kicking, emotionally complex, Scandinavian blondness. A Norwegian expat living in Atlanta, Georgia, Torvingen consults for the police (she’s an ex-cop), works as a bodyguard, teaches self-defense, crafts her own furniture, tends her garden, and constantly thinks about the best way to kill someone.
And I lapped all this no-nonsense up. In a move uncharacteristic of me...more
"I made a pretty terrible joke with myself when I began drafting notes for this review. I said “Hmm. Aud Torvingen is like an Atalanta from Atlanta!” Were you to read The Blue Place, though, you might agree with me that the comparison between Aud and Atalanta is more than a little on the nose. They’re both light on their feet; they both refuse to comply with notions of what a ‘proper woman’ should do, think or resemble. That said, I’d rather chase Aud than a golden...more
It's hard to write about this one without spoilers, because so much of it concerns how situations affect Aud, how her authentic self plays hide and seek, and how the events form the chains they do. The prose is spectacular throughout.
6/2009 I love this boo...more
I felt that the plot was a little messy though - bits and pieces of this and that were woven into Aud's narrative as she hurtled from escorting a shy Spaniard daughter-of-a-Minister to advertising agencies to her nightmares to flying over the Atlantic with her new-found mate. The mystery was...more
I hemmed and hawed between two and three stars and what tipped the scale were the well written and paced scenes of action, violence and seduction; Griffith does not rush headlong into situations, slowly dragging the reader in.
You will also learn more about Norwiegian history, geography and fjiord formations than you care to know and this is where...more
The Blue Place features Aud, an ex-cop, self-defense expert, and butch lesbian hottie who walks the sultry streets of Atlanta casually speculating about how to kill everyone she meets--even the beautiful woman with nice-smelling hair she discovers fleeing the scene of a particularly nasty arson.
The attention N...more
She sucks you into the story within the first paragraph and holds you willingly hostage until the last word is read.
And she makes you beg for more...
The Blue Place is the first of three books in a series with Aud Torvingen (rhymes with crowd) as the main character. Aud is a citizen of both Norway and the US, former-police-turned-P.I. She's over 6' tall, butch, physically fit and knows how to kick arse.
If you read The Blue Place, you wil...more
Ambiance and description were excellent. I very much enjoyed reading this story.
I didn't start to love this until 75% of the way through it, partly because I was expecting something else. Surprisingly (to me), it really grew on me as the romance came to the forefront.
There were things about this book that were incredibly dorky to me, and others incredibly awesome - it's like it tried too hard to be...more
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