The main characters in this book are not people you would want to have in your life. And yet the author does a good job of exploring these women thatThe main characters in this book are not people you would want to have in your life. And yet the author does a good job of exploring these women that you feel sympathy and understanding despite their bad behaviors. You cannot trust anyone in this story, perhaps not even the police, although their role is fairly minor.
The book blub says "...will forever change the way you look at other people's lives." I don't know about that, but it was a different perspective. The pacing of this book is near perfect, and for a first novel the author did an excellent job.
I haven't read Gone Girl, or seen the movie, but this book has been compared to it. Perhaps it is very similar, but a British version. I listened to the audio book and found the narrators superb.
A technology company, Eden, matches people's profiles so accurately that everyone matched as been a great couple. No mis-matches. A few unique couplesA technology company, Eden, matches people's profiles so accurately that everyone matched as been a great couple. No mis-matches. A few unique couples were 100% perfect personality matches that are called super couples. The story begins when one of those couples are found dead by apparent suicide. A forensic psychologist is called as a consultant in to help solve the mystery of why they would kill themselves. Then another super couple is found dead and it's a race to solve this mystery before the third couple dies.
Some of the story here was fairly predicable. I could see the ending from nearly a quarter of the way in. Yet I kept going because some of it was interesting and entertaining. Nothing very unique in this story, particularly when looking at A.I. that's described in a book written 15 years ago now. Maybe when it came it out it was more cutting edge. Despite that, the book went along at a good clip.
One slight critique was there never was a mention at any point about matching same sex couples. And it was always assumed these couples would marry and have children. Anyway, the couple matching was secondary to the story. What really marred the story was overlooking some obvious clues. Also the main character, the psychologist continually ignoring all these annoying quirks that kept happening to him, like his mail missing and declined credit cards. The story was not as good as it could have been....more
Writing style was enjoyable, and the story picked up as it went along. It took me a while to really get sucked in, with some of the mysterious feelingWriting style was enjoyable, and the story picked up as it went along. It took me a while to really get sucked in, with some of the mysterious feeling about the book feeling a little forced at first. Too often things were purposely not explained, but in the end all was satisfyingly concluded.
Coincidentally this was the thirteenth book I finished reading this year. Too bad I didn't finish last Friday, which was the 13th. :-)...more
Planed to write a review...and finally have a little something...
I was browsing the shelves when this book popped into my hands. I didn't realize it wPlaned to write a review...and finally have a little something...
I was browsing the shelves when this book popped into my hands. I didn't realize it was a book in a series, a murder-mystery series. The book made no indication to me of the fact. Yet it worked as a standalone just fine.
Perhaps this book is a little different than others in the named Inspector Chen Cao series, as he was not the principal investigator in this murder. Instead he is working on a translation project and living a little better thanks to it and his "Little Secretary." There certainly are references to things I do not completely understand, such as these Little Secretaries and all that it means. Regardless, Inspector Chen does remain proper. He does have a hard time accepting all the little gifts that came with this translation project.
The book is centered more around the inspector's partner, Detective Yu, who hasn't gone very far with being in the police force. His family lives in the tiniest of places, sharing with his father. The book opens with Yu finding out the promised one-bedroom apartment was suddenly denied him on the day he was to get the key. Despite her disappointment, his wife Pequin helps tremendously with the case, as it is of a murdered author and Pequin loves reading.
This book revealed another world to me, so much is in here. The story about the murder and solving it really didn't matter to me. But the backdrop of China, and the changes it is undergoing was very interesting. The book also talked about the recent past and of 1920's multi-family dwellings. The Cultural Revolution was featured largely in the book as well, with the changing politics. Definitely someone more familiar with China would have an easier time understanding all the nuances in this book. But I learned a little and enjoyed it immensely.
I may look for more Inspector Chen Cao books, not sure how easy they are to find. But the first one is at my library and may be worth a look....more