I loved the characters. They are all very themselves and very unique although some of them live a bit of a cliché, which is okay and convincingly writ...moreI loved the characters. They are all very themselves and very unique although some of them live a bit of a cliché, which is okay and convincingly written by William Shaw. The story itself is not new and therefore lives from those characters. Breen is old-fashioned and introvert, a bit shy and yet curious. Tozer is his absolute opposite, loud and present and she demands. She wants to do things, wants to get their investigation to the next step and she pushes Breen to go on and further, where he would have gotten trapped in his mind-maze. He however manages to slow her down when it is appropriate to tread more carefully. I loved their dynamic right from the start.
The minor-ish characters are all very individual and I really like it when authors have the ability to show so many different personalities. Not just puppets that get used to let the story continue, but who make you curious for their very own personal backgrounds. A bit sad was the lack of atmosphere. London 1968. I expected some more… yes, atmosphere and not just the casual dropping of brand names from that era here and there. There was so much more potential and it just rippled away a little. It is definitely a good crime novel but it is not a good 1968-crime-novel and since it was not really letting the reader “feel” the year the narration was set in. I still like it though.(less)
This is the fourth Wallander novel I read and although it was better to read than “The White Lioness” I’m left a bit disappointed. I’m still in love wi...moreThis is the fourth Wallander novel I read and although it was better to read than “The White Lioness” I’m left a bit disappointed. I’m still in love with Kurt Wallander and his flawed personality, his being a police officer AND a human being. The new colleague that got introduced (Ann- Britt Hoglund) has potential and seemed to be a very interesting, thought-through character. I hope (I haven’t read any spoilers so far ;) ) she will appear in more stories about the Inspector and his cases in Ystad and the surrounding areas.
The story itself was not very well rounded and it appeared to me as if Henning Mankell lost track of his own investigation. It was all a bit more loose ends than a case that got built up. I was a bit disappointed by it, especially the slow death of the arc of suspense. Where did the brilliancy of the first two books vanish to? “The man who smiled” had more a taste of ‘going through the motions’ and presenting the reader with a complicated and yet somewhat callow thriller story. All a bit too much built on feet of clay to be entirely convincing.(less)
Es fing sehr spannend an und der Bogen hielt sich auch eine ganze Weile, aber irgendwas hat mich die ganze Zeit gestört, ohne dass ich es richtig bene...moreEs fing sehr spannend an und der Bogen hielt sich auch eine ganze Weile, aber irgendwas hat mich die ganze Zeit gestört, ohne dass ich es richtig benennen könnte. Teilweise waren die “versteckten Hinweise” etwas zu offensichtlich (ich würde gerne ins Detail gehen, aber möchte niemandem ein Aha- Erlebnis vorausnehmen). Die Charaktere waren alle so gut ge- und beschrieben. Selbst die “Randfiguren” waren Persönlichkeiten und blieben nicht die unscheinbare Masse, die nur dazu dient, die Geschichte als solches irgendwie doch schnell weiterzubringen.
Der “geschichtliche” Hintergrund blieb vage, aber das tat der Geschichte selber keinen Abbruch. Eher im Gegenteil. Sehr verliebt hab ich mich in die Atmosphäre und Antonia Michaelis’ gekonntes Spiel mit Bildern und Eindrücken, in denen Wetter oder Landschaft mehr sind als nur das. Sie tragen erheblich zur Stimmung bei. Gleiches gilt für das Dorf an sich und seine Häuser. Man mag sagen, dass es alles etwas zu viel “Zufall” war, aber ich denke, andersherum lässt sich ebenso gut sagen, dass ein Bewohner sein Zuhause formt und umgedreht.
Die “zurück – in – Berlin” Passage war mir persönlich etwas zu gezwungen, trug aber dennoch dazu bei, erheblich mehr Licht ins Dunkel zu bringen, was Siri und ihren Lebensweg angeht. Trotzdem hat die Geschichte durchaus so ihre Längen. Dennoch bleibt unterm Strich eine spannende und toll geschriebene Geschichte, die nicht wirklich Krimi oder Thriller sein will und die weitaus mehr zu bieten hat als kauzige Kriminalkommissare, die den x-ten Mord aus Leidenschaft aufdecken.(less)
I love all kind of apocalyptic and dystopian stories and of course “The Walk” piqued my interest when I read the description. At first we meet a very u...moreI love all kind of apocalyptic and dystopian stories and of course “The Walk” piqued my interest when I read the description. At first we meet a very unsympathetic protagonist. A selfish, weepy prick who – which is understandable to a certain degree – seeks to not get into any further trouble in the city that became a nightmare after the earthquake and as he wanders the streets to get home to his wife.
Very soon there is more about it than just the journey home. I figured out the “plot twist” a whole while before it was actually revealed to the reader but it still was a moment of silent contemplation. I liked the idea (and can’t say more about it here without any major spoilers).
It was not quite what I expected when I bought the book, but I enjoyed reading it. There were some rather comical and yet bizarre scenes in it, that as odd as they may have seemed, they could actually happen exactly int he way Lee Goldberg wrote them, because humans are always acting predictably the same in the face of such radical events.(less)
It is impossible for me to put into words what the work of Richard Siken does to your heart and your mind. His words are so enormously fantastic. Viole...moreIt is impossible for me to put into words what the work of Richard Siken does to your heart and your mind. His words are so enormously fantastic. Violent and heart wrenching. Sometimes gentle but always from a restlessness that takes you away and tosses you from page to page into tragedies and and stories about love, requited, unrequited, answered, unanswered. It doesn’t matter who you love or loved. You will understand as long as you had loved at all.
It took me a bit to get used to the writing style. It differs from chapter to chapter between first person and third person narration. Once I got the...moreIt took me a bit to get used to the writing style. It differs from chapter to chapter between first person and third person narration. Once I got the hang of it, I found it very fitting for the story itself. What was most strikingly was the blurred line between “good” and “evil”. This wasn’t a story about the good police officers taking the bad guys from the gangs to the station. Both sides get their view points, characters on both sides get their voice and their depth. The middle part was a bit very easygoing on comparison to the beginning of the book, that took us right into the middle of what was going on in the life of DI Kennedy. The final was equally thrilling but took the arc of suspense even further and I was glued to the pages and felt like I couldn’t read fast enough to get to know what will happen next.
The writing is – even apart from the change of first and third person narration – very unique. I had some trouble to grasp everything that was told but that doesn’t derogate how much I enjoyed reading this book, that I found purely by chance and bought out of a feeling in the guts that it will be one of those works that don’t get much attention although they should. A great, unique and very interesting read.(less)
Im Grunde eine solide, relativ entspannte (im Sinne von nicht hektisch) Krimigeschichte mit einigen Wendungen, die ich so jetzt nicht erwartet hätte,...moreIm Grunde eine solide, relativ entspannte (im Sinne von nicht hektisch) Krimigeschichte mit einigen Wendungen, die ich so jetzt nicht erwartet hätte, mir aber gerade darum gut gefielen. Auf Anhieb war mir der junge Ermittler Schell sofort sympathisch. Sein älterer Kollege Strobe und der Rest des Teams blieben eher fade. Die Zeugen und Verdächtigen bekamen teilweise mehr Tiefgang, wie etwa der Naturschützer Jürgens oder der Jäger, der eine tragendere Rolle zugeschrieben bekam.
Etwas zu bemüht war der Wechsel zwischen normalem Schreibstil und “Jugendsprache”, sobald aus Sicht von Lukas berichtet wurde. Unterm Strich ein guter, unterhaltsamer Krimi.(less)
What a story! What a fantastic storytelling and the writing was superb. I fell in love with Harry Hole – like so many others apparently – and Sean Bar...moreWhat a story! What a fantastic storytelling and the writing was superb. I fell in love with Harry Hole – like so many others apparently – and Sean Barrett is an incredible narrator.
He finds the right voice to underline the murk of the story, this undertone of melancholy that ever so often swings in between the sentences. The characters were so well developed and even with this being my first book of the entire series (there are 10 in the whole as far as I’m aware of) I hadn’t any trouble to take to them.
There re quite some plot twists in it and – as always when I talk about audiobooks – I had some trouble to keep up. The changes between action and tranquility had been very well balanced and even the smaller side storylines had been very well balanced. They kept the whole story interesting without cluttering it or letting the golden thread vanish under too much information. Everything got brought together in the end and this makes it a satisfying book.
I loved it. I loved the writing, the storytelling, the story itself, the narrator. It was worth the rather restless nights where I forced myself to stay awake for another hour because I had to know what is happening. What better reason could their be to not being able to find some sleep? I definitely tasted blood (pun not intended) and I will definitely read all 9 books.(less)