What Came Before He Shot Her (Inspector Lynley #14)
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However, it was so damn depressing. You know that the main character, Joel, shot someone, that's the whole premise. But the book starts way before that, leading up to the shooting. I wanted to scoop up Joel and take him away from his life, to try and save him. He was a good kid, all he was trying to do is keep his family...more
This is the second book of hers that I just didn't like. The other one was a collection of short stories called I, Richard. I was completely onboard to love this book. In her las...more
De volwassenen hebben de klok rond hun hoofd bij de vraag hoe z...more
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I think this book is the best one Elizabeth George has ever written. The concept for it is intriguing as well. In her last book, “With No One as Witness” we saw the unfolding of the needless and tragic shooting of Inspector Lindley’s wife. We learn that the alleged shooter is twelve years old. In this book, Ms. George takes us back for an explanation of how this shooting occurred. Hence, “What Came Be...more
The story is that of Joel and his older sister and younger brother. Their dad was murdered, their mum's in a m...more
That said, I was disappointed with What Came Before He Shot Her. First of all, it isn't so much a mystery novel as an answer to the question: "Why would a twelve-year-old boy walk up to a complete stranger and put a couple bullets in her belly?" Second, the story was too noire for my taste. Normally when I'm reading one of her books, I'm incapable of putting it down; this book, I had no choice but to put it...more
I was so ensconced in Joel's life that I could not stop thinking about the book when I was not reading it. Whenever I had a free moment, I wanted to be reading it. When I had a free moment, and had committed to doing...more
Scotland Yard detective Thomas Lynley is all but missing from this novel, and critics aren't sure what to make of his absence as well as that of most of the other popular series characters (only two of Lynley's police sidekicks appear__as minor walk-ons). The majority of critics cite this psychological crime novel as a deeply disturbing and unrelenting, yet illuminating, portrayal of a dysfunctional family and of the ways its members can go tragically astray. Two reviewers, however, cited a disc...more
"Joel Campbell, eleven years old at the time, began his descent towards murder with a bus ride. It was a newish bus, a single decker. It was numbered 70, on the London route that trundles along Du Cane Road in East Acton."
I was hooked, and I hung on to every word through 548 pages, trying to guess which of the various "she's" in Joel Campbell's life would get shot. Not telling if I guessed right or wrong!
This was a fascinating read. I w...more
Also, you shouldn't expect this to be a crime novel as such,...more
children living with their Aunt Kendra in North Kensington in London.
The children's grandmother dumps the kids on the aunt's doorstep without warning to anyone, so that she can run off to Jamaica with her boyfriend. Kendra is unprepared to take on her dead brother's childre...more
The actions this child took were horrific, but his life offered offered poor choices that were difficult to escape. It is too simplistic to say that one thing or another co...more
Susan Elizabeth George is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain. Eleven of her novels, featuring her character Inspector Lynley, have been adapted for television by the BBC as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.
She was born in Warren, Ohio, but moved to the S...more