Do I have the words to describe how awful this book was? Would, if I could, give this book a lower rating than one star! It took me ages to finish (anDo I have the words to describe how awful this book was? Would, if I could, give this book a lower rating than one star! It took me ages to finish (and only because I'm behind in the book reading challenge) and was not engaging. The only saving grace was that the chapters, for the most part, were short.
In brief, what was so bad? Historical detail was bizarre and inaccurate, the lead character was a pompous ass who fancied himself an armchair Sherlock Holmes (and even came out with a few "you've been at Barnard's House!"/"Why, however did you know?"/"I can smell lemon."/"Lemon?!"/"He uses lemon in his tea." In fact, I think the author himself thought he was penning the next Sherlock Holmes.
No sir, you did not.
The plot was trite and easy to figure out and unfortunately lacked any sort of charm of character development to make those short-comings acceptable.
Don't get me started on the passages of useless, unnecessary information we were given for pages and pages as we were forced, as a reader, to breathe Charles Lennox's daily life with him. Without them, this book would've been a hundred pages shorter.
The names of the characters were a little distracting as well... "Lady Jane Grey" (don't get me started on the etiquette of addressing peers) made me think of the poor 9-Day Queen and George Barnard made me think of George Bernard Shaw (playwright). Yes, I'm being petty now but a distraction is a distraction. Jane and George are common enough names but those were just (for me) unfortunate pairings.
All in all, thank goodness I borrowed this book from the library and didn't pay good money for it. Library, you may keep it....more
What to say? Overall I feel it was a predictable yet satisfying finish to the trilogy, though one can tell that the author had planned further adventuWhat to say? Overall I feel it was a predictable yet satisfying finish to the trilogy, though one can tell that the author had planned further adventures as not every detail was tied up with a neat ribbon and a bow. It's a little sad to have to bid these great (though sometimes frustrating) characters adieu but at least this arc didn't end on a cliff hanger (or literally mid-sentence like Patrick O'Brian's unfinished 21st novel of Aubrey/Maturin)
So what can I say, that other reviewers haven't said without spoiling both this book's plot and the one prior? Not a lot. It may not end with a bang but it ends with the feeling that we've returned to zero, ready to start anew. Alas, that will never come to pass. ...more
Honestly, I'd been putting off reading the rest of this book series for ages. The first book was such a heavy read that I wasn't sure I could face theHonestly, I'd been putting off reading the rest of this book series for ages. The first book was such a heavy read that I wasn't sure I could face the other books in the series, certainly not in tandem, not if they were going to deal with subject matter like that scene with her Guardian. A couple years have passed since I read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and when I found myself frustrated by what I'd been reading (in that I wasn't feeling engaged or was aggravated by the prose/characters) I thought, what the heck. I've read some uncomfortably gritty crime novels these last couple years, I can do this (even if it may deal heavily in the one sort of crime I'm not too keen on reading about), at least I know that these books are well-written.
And what do you know, I enjoyed it immensely. Yes the grit is still there, the infuriating chauvinism is still present and Lisbeth Salander is still amazingly gratifying.
Now the book did start off a little slow like the first one, more-or-less picking up where the last book left off then transporting us a few years ahead in time. I had no idea where the meandering plot (and meandering characters) were going. I thought to myself, "uh oh, here we go, another slow boil with a lot of background to set the stage for the action".... and yet that wasn't quite the case. The action, so to speak, starts a lot sooner and I definitely felt invested in the protagonists' plight. There are also some introductions to some new great (female!) characters that I truly enjoyed.
I'm trying not to write any spoilers so as usual, I'm leaving off on writing a summary. All I will say is that this is more along the lines of a real gratifying action-Thriller than the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's Slow-Boil-Mystery-Murder-Thriller-Gone-Haywire. It deals a lot more with politics which usually is a huge turn off for me but somehow it works; it kept me intrigued--perhaps because I'm not at all familiar with Sweden's history or politics (beyond what I've read in these books anyway). I had a hard time putting it down and to anyone who got through the first book, I would definitely recommend reading it's sequel....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
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
Boy, this was a tough read in terms of subject matter. This author takes a crime scenario (this time pedophilia which is terrible in and of itself) anBoy, this was a tough read in terms of subject matter. This author takes a crime scenario (this time pedophilia which is terrible in and of itself) and then manages to turn the knife and make a bad situation much, much worse. Not only does she write physical cruelty and brutality but also psychological brutality--there is no dressing up or sugar coating the awful situations. The author seems to like getting across that the worst part may not be the murder itself but usually is the terror and suffering inflicted beforehand.
Leading man Jack Caffery is a bit of a hard pill to swallow as well as he has more faults than he does redeeming qualities.... I find I want to like him but then he'll say/do something that has me becoming that irate individual shaking the book. I felt more frustrated with him this time around than I did in the first.
I don't really know that, for me, this is the sort of series I could recommend around as it seems this author is trying to keep this as "realistic" as possible--there are no white knight shining moments, no happy endings. I feel I'm left frowning at the end of the book, feeling uncomfortable and largely unsatisfied with a bitter taste in my mouth.
However, I do want to read the 6th installment which means I'll have to get through the rest of the books. Yikes. Wish me luck....more