As another reviewer stated, the book started off strong and then dissolved into a literary comparison/social studies/thesis-dissertation which sort ofAs another reviewer stated, the book started off strong and then dissolved into a literary comparison/social studies/thesis-dissertation which sort of leaves the reader wondering what happened to the "murder" portion of the book (that is dealt with fairly perfunctorily at the beginning). At times while reading I began to feel as though I were sitting through one of my less engaging lit classes (and I almost always enjoyed lit classes).
At the end of the day, if you are interested in reading this book for the murder, read the first couple chapters and you'll be done, no need to progress into the world of here-say, historical-fiction, and morality discussions that resulted because of it. Unfortunately, but as to be expected, there is no new information regarding the motives of the murder or just how culpable Martha Ray herself was in her own murder.
There is a wealth of information regarding the Georgian period however, so that helped me give it an extra star....more
With many twists and turns, this book should have been rated a bit higher.... except I'm not interested in drug related crimes whatsoever. Drugs relatWith many twists and turns, this book should have been rated a bit higher.... except I'm not interested in drug related crimes whatsoever. Drugs related violence usually is brought about by avarice (whether for money or drugs) or territory, etc. I'm also less interested in Harry and his paramour (who sadly, I've not liked since the start). Still, once the books get going after their (sometimes lengthy) set-up, they're an enjoyable read. I'll carry on to the next one....more
I was really enjoying this one until about three-quarters of the way through. An interesting case, lots of red herrings and then somehow the sense ofI was really enjoying this one until about three-quarters of the way through. An interesting case, lots of red herrings and then somehow the sense of suspense fizzled around where I imagine the climax of the book was. I felt the end got drawn out a little too long and I found I just stopped caring which is why I docked this a star. I've already checked out the next book though so I feel obligated to read it.
As much as I generally enjoy the series, Harry's predictable sober/alcoholic cycles are getting a little old. It feels like every book follows the same framework. 1.) Really long prologue that sets up the murderer (but somehow I usually find this the most boring), 2.) Drag Harry out of some alcoholic/addict stupor that he descends into when he's between books, 3.) haul him back to the police force kicking and screaming, 4.) interest him in a case (in spite of his protests), 5.) follow a lot of red herrings that are usually obvious, 6.) discover the killer, 7.) try to outwit the killer before he kills the female (love) interest, 8.) reset Harry to an addict/alcoholic. ...more
Knocked a star off for some parts being a little too obvious but otherwise this was an incredibly enjoyable read. Fast-paced, the suspense and tensionKnocked a star off for some parts being a little too obvious but otherwise this was an incredibly enjoyable read. Fast-paced, the suspense and tension remained pretty high until just before the end (as I felt it then delved into the expected after that). I quite like Katrine Bratt as a character (especially as I feel some of the sexism she faced can really be seen as relevant to women in the any workforce) and can only hope she'll tread the pages of future books. ...more
**spoiler alert** Frustrating and satisfying in equal measures. I will note that there were parts where I felt I wouldn't be able to finish reading th**spoiler alert** Frustrating and satisfying in equal measures. I will note that there were parts where I felt I wouldn't be able to finish reading the thing, as I was either a.) aggravated with Harry or b.) aggravated with the situation or c.) in the beginning it is a bit slow... plus the aggravation. Which is funny because I'm usually very interested in serial murders....more
**spoiler alert** I don't think this is as good as it's predecessors, Petals on the Wind and Flowers in the Attic but it does have some strengths. Bar**spoiler alert** I don't think this is as good as it's predecessors, Petals on the Wind and Flowers in the Attic but it does have some strengths. Bart is a frustrating character and so hateful (for me anyway) that he makes an interesting antagonist. If I was meant to feel any sympathy for him, well, I didn't. Jory was an interesting read as it answers the question of how Julian might have been, had he been raised differently. (I'm still of the opinion Julian probably would never have been a nice, happy-go-lucky person no mater the upbringing however). It will be interesting to see how Lifetime deals with this in their upcoming (?) TV movie. ...more
This book is a trainwreck that one can't look away from. Having seen the recent TV movie that came out first I had expectations for certain events...This book is a trainwreck that one can't look away from. Having seen the recent TV movie that came out first I had expectations for certain events... and was warned by a friend that the book was vastly different.
She wasn't kidding.
So I spent my time reading wishing Cathy would and could make different choices than the ones she made. I felt sorry for Chris because he is such a good person and therefore I want him to get what he wants... Even though I really shouldn't. I was equally repulsed by the way in which all Julian, Bart and Paul (especially you Paul--between you and Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches novels I'm starting to wonder about the gentlemen of the South) went about wooing (or being wooed by) Cathy. Where I want to almost say I feel the books gave the gents a few more "redeemable" qualities, I still don't think any of them were very good people. (Well, Paul, you do still get points for taking them in off the streets and supporting them I guess...) But I still can't help feeling I just read a book on the extreme repercussions of child abuse. (Thanks Mo Hayder, your books have made me hypersensitive to any spot of pedophilia)
The book itself is an easy, quick read. VC Andrews writes very fluidly and while some "I-Novels" can bother me, this one (like the last) did not. I think of this like a modern gothic tale and I'll probably finish reading the series, if only to have something else to discuss with my friend who read these books when she was growing up....more
Ugh. Such a struggle to get through which is such a pity as I desperately wanted to like this book (and potentially the series). I think the only thinUgh. Such a struggle to get through which is such a pity as I desperately wanted to like this book (and potentially the series). I think the only thing I liked about this was the fact that it dealt with the World Fair in Paris.
I didn't like a single character. The writing was a little stilted but I will give the authors the benefit of the doubt and therefore lay the blame at the translator's feet. There was no suspense, no mystery. I just felt purely and utterly bored. The only reason why I didn't chuck this back into the library drop-off box (I'm counting my lucky stars I didn't purchase this) is because I'm a.) a compulsive reader and b.) I'm behind on my book challenge due to my busy work schedule.
So, Monsieur Legris, please stick to being a book-seller and leave the detective work to others....more