The fact that this book had the potential to be really great, made the fact that it wasn't, that much more disappointing.
The author focused one threeThe fact that this book had the potential to be really great, made the fact that it wasn't, that much more disappointing.
The author focused one three things: the history of the squad, a few of the cold cases the detectives worked on as well as the (then) current situation of the squad.
I loved the authors wicked but understated sense of humor as well as the way she engaged with the detectives. I never found her to be disrespectful of the subject matter and her humor was pointed at the police, not the victims or perpetrators.
Two things ruined the book for me.
Firstly the author kept skipping between the cold cases from one chapter to the next. I would get engrossed with a story just to be jarred by the fact that on the next page she continued with another story. Two chapters later I would have lost interest in the first story, just for it to continue again. I went through this for chapter after chapter, because just as I really got into one story she skipped to another.
To further exacerbate the problem, she also went from the present to the past and back to the present in telling the stories. As a rule cases go cold because they are difficult to solve, so some of them went from one detective to another as they retired or left. Jumping from one decade to another and one detective to another as well as one case to another was just too discombobulating.
Secondly most of the cases were not solved. I understand that is the reality of a detectives life, but the case narrative stopped at awkward and emotionally unsatisfying places. It was like. (See what I did there?) After getting emotionally invested in the lives of the victims and their grieving families it felt like a huge letdown.
Knowing this, would I buy the book? No. Take it out at the library, read and skip pages knowing that you should not get too invested in the stories and enjoy what you can. ...more
Ten reasons this book made me go WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?:
1. The h witnesses a murder and loses one (Yes one. Een. Uno. Un. Eins. Um. Isa. En. Unu. Jedan.Ten reasons this book made me go WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?:
1. The h witnesses a murder and loses one (Yes one. Een. Uno. Un. Eins. Um. Isa. En. Unu. Jedan. Vienas. ONE) nights sleep over it.
2. The h goes to a high school were she is regularly attacked and left in a beaten bloody pulp, once her arm is even broken and nothing happens. No teacher asks about the bloody girl lying on the floor. Her parents believe she gets black eyes and broken bones from playing soccer and says nothing? The staff at the hospital doesn't ask questions?
3. The h gets beaten severely and because (during this vicious attack) she realizes one of her attackers feels bad about the attack tells the girl its ok to kick her because she doesn't really feel anything anymore.
4. The h works herself into an early grave, goes hungry and wears goodwill clothing in order to go to a school were she is treated like shit, abused and attacked so that her BFF doesn't get hurt. Sorry, not buying it. That being said she has no sympathy for a man dying in front of her.
5. The h's dad realizes his daughter is dating a member of a mob family and doesn't say anything to her about it.
6. The H tells the h that he is going to fuck her, because he has waited 3 weeks to have sex with her and that is long enough. Wait, what? (Plus, I personally don't really like reading about children having sex. But that's just me.)
7. My pet peeve - misogyny.
Hearing things like the following said to a girl (I don't care why) is shocking and off putting:
'...you're just a slutty, little whore who is jealous that your tits weren't able to fill the sweater out... no one will recognize the sluts sweater on you. We're all used to seeing her naked and swallowing.'
I HATE when authors think its ok that stuff like that gets said to girls (especially by guys they slept with). Its not acceptable. EVER.
8. All the other girls in the h's school (except her BFF) are apparently disposable sluts. I assume the author is female so why write shit like that about other women like its totally acceptable?
9. The H (who is 18yo) tells the h's dad she (who is also 18)will be moving in with the H and if her dad doesn't watch his step the H will also take her much younger brother with him.
Coz you know, that's the kind of thing 18yo boys do after knowing a girl for a few months. Fathers also sit back and allow crap like that.
10. The H has NO PROBLEM with maiming and killing. There is a difference between an anti-hero and a psychopath and the H is clearly the latter.
Since the h doesn't care for her fellow man (or woman) it does seem that she and the H is suited, so at least the book has that going for it.
This book didn't make sense. It was an adult book set in high school, but written in a way only YA readers would find realistic, about children doing adult things while acting like children. ...more
Remember when you where young and dreamed of one day becoming a prostitute? No?? Yeah, I didn't think so.
This book made no sense and the actions of boRemember when you where young and dreamed of one day becoming a prostitute? No?? Yeah, I didn't think so.
This book made no sense and the actions of both the H and h was so unnatural and weird that I couldn't get into the story (I did finish it though).
MC books are usually all about sex, drugs and rock 'n roll and I expect it when I read a MC book. This book however felt like the author knew what she wanted to happen, but didn't know how to get the story there, so she just went with the absurd.
(view spoiler)[ The h was continuously raped and viciously assaulted for a few weeks when she was 16. After she gets rescued she doesn't have sex for the next 3 years until her longtime crush (the H) makes a move on her.
The H has to then leave immediately after having sex with her because of a crisis. When he sees her again, in his emotional state, he lashes out at her. One of the things he said was she was just a girl and couldn't turn him on. I understand his lashing out (wrong as it may be), but why did the H say she didn't turn him on when she OBVIOUSLY did? His whole rampage felt forced.
The h doesn't forgive him for this for 6 freakin' years.
When the h finishes school and needs to decide what to do with the rest of her life, her options are 1. go to college; 2. get a job; 3. become an old lady to a member of the MC; 4. become a whore for the MC. Guess what she chooses? To become a whore.
Who does that? Being a whore isn't really a career choice - its what people do when they have no choice. The world is pretty much her oyster, but she would rather just be available to every sweaty, soup strainer wearing guy the MC expects her to be with.
No, without good reason I couldn't swallow the reasoning given for her decision. It felt contrived and a way to make this book seedier than it would otherwise have been. (hide spoiler)]
I think the whole title of the book should be 'Renegade Lady of the Night' - much more fitting. ...more
An awesome read. Do not let the fact that the main character is an alcoholic detective (which has mostly been done to death) put you off.
I especiallyAn awesome read. Do not let the fact that the main character is an alcoholic detective (which has mostly been done to death) put you off.
I especially enjoyed it (other than for the great writing) because I grew up in the middle of SA's move to democracy and there are so many differences between our cultures that are still seen as taboo to acknowledge.
Mr. Meyer does not shy away from this and does not try to create a homogeneous SA but (in my opninion) celebrates the diffrences as something good.
But if you couldn't give a flying hoot about the above you WILL still enjoy this book if you like reading crime novels.
You know how the movie American Psycho is disturbing, but Christian Bale's character (which he portrayed way to good for me to ever step into a lift wYou know how the movie American Psycho is disturbing, but Christian Bale's character (which he portrayed way to good for me to ever step into a lift with him)had this hilarious inner monologue? This book is like that for me.
As always Mr. Patterson takes us into the mind of both the killer and Alex Cross. Every time the killer thought 'tick-cock' I couldn't help laughing with glee.
I enjoyed this book immensely as Alex's character is believable and human and the killer is wonderfully narcissistic.
I don't really enjoy Mr. Patterson's later books, but this book was enjoyable....more