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
I was surprised by this book. It is not anything like what I consider a typical read for me, so I did have low expectations. Most likely I got this foI was surprised by this book. It is not anything like what I consider a typical read for me, so I did have low expectations. Most likely I got this for free. There's many different things going on in the book, but it's ultimately a thriller, mystery book.
Something I didn't expect -- magicians. The main character is a master escape artist, good at sleight of hand and creating illusions. Turns out these skills are useful for being a detective.
There's also quantum entanglement, placebo effect, and cutting edge medical research into life extension. Oh, and voodoo and telepathy... Well there is quite a lot in this book, and it's deemed Christian Fiction for good reason. Overall well researched and engaging.
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