I learned that this book was an amalgam of Chandler's short stories and he done so by combining them into one big plot and change some character's namI learned that this book was an amalgam of Chandler's short stories and he done so by combining them into one big plot and change some character's names. No wonder the book was confusing as hell. Definitely not my type of book because I just feel no sympathy or curiosity towards what's going on, which is sad because that's how I often feel when reading detective novels. This novel is just about a mess created by 2 daughters of a rich man, and a private detective who tried to solve the mess. As the story goes on, however, I don't really care that much about any character. There were like 4 murders happening within a few chapters and 1 murder was never solved (since the author copy and paste his short stories and forgot to tie up loose end). The only good thing was the surprising ending but meh. I do not like this. Seem to not have that much psychological depth but just dreadfully boring. ...more
Definitely not my cup of tea! This was about murder but it bore me to death with all the details about fluorescent printing and DNA tracing. I reali Definitely not my cup of tea! This was about murder but it bore me to death with all the details about fluorescent printing and DNA tracing. I realize I only enjoy crime novels where the reader got to know all the suspects and develop a personal connection with all of them, e.x Agatha Christie. This makes the novel more interesting as the reader got to use his knowledge to guess who is the killer, constantly piercing the clues together to arrive at the truth. Plus, these novels reveal the depth of human nature and the philosophy behind their killing, making the reader understood their motives and comprehend their nature. Postmortem, on the other hand, is dull. The killer is not someone we know, a guy outside the scene, so there was no desire or suspense in wanting to discover him. The clues given us to us are indecipherable, because it is too technical and the reader has no choice but to nod along as the detective explain what happens. This put the reader in a passive role, like Watson in Sherlock Holmes, but Holmes was slightly more entertaining and his explanation is understandable. Similarly, my other favorite crime novels like Christie and Tana French or Gilliam Flynn, makes me stay up all night because I got to exercise my psychological profiling skill to suspect left and right: is it the psychotic mother, or the seemingly benign boyfriend? The guess game is fun!
Postmortem, on the other hand, is just your average serial killer going around killing people, like reading a newspaper report. Also a few inconsistencies I like to point out: 1. Why Dr. Kay did not report to the police immediately when she heard a strange call in the night immediately after the death of the fourth victim? If I was her, I would know immediately that the killer has targeted me, and I would proceed to inform the police immediately, yet Dr. Kay just go to bed and sleep like nothing unusual happen. 2. When she was in the morgue, someone said the body of a victim (hit by a train, I think) went missing. Dr. Kay did not seem to react, but the paragraph skip immediately to something else entirely different, which again, make it seem like Dr. Kay does not really care about the incident. 3. When Dr. Kay's computer was known to be accessed by someone unknown, her immediate concern was about her career, and the paragraph went on and on about a meeting she has with the boss and how she felt humiliated about the affair and wanted to hide it from him. Yo, the killer is stalking you! He called your house, he had accessed to the morgue, and now your computer. Three red flags! I would immediately install the latest security system and surveillance camera on my door immediately. Dr. Kay, on the other hand, just chill. And guess what happen in the end? SPOILER alert. she was nearly killed by the serial killer! well, since she had no common sense that's why! He had stalked her from Day 1 and yet she ignore all the red flags!
At any rate, this novel isn't that bad. It was just boring to me. but if you enjoy standard crime novel about blood and women being rape/murdered then this is for you. I prefer my novel's killer to have more of a personal touch....more
Totally love this story, even though I quit reading Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone trilogy, because it was kinda lame. I rather she just write storieTotally love this story, even though I quit reading Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone trilogy, because it was kinda lame. I rather she just write stories like this, about a fox learning to survive and outsmart others. And the twist was nice too. Totally did not expect that. Why does authors have to waste their creativity on portraying a girl being a rebel and turning into a special-snowflake, Mary-sue, stuck in a boring love triangle? That is so overused it made me roll my eyes. This is so much better, because it is creative. The only thing is I wish (view spoiler)[ the girl had murdered the fox. Made it darker. But whatever, we can have a happy ending if ya want (hide spoiler)] The link to the stories is here: http://www.tor.com/2013/06/04/the-too...["br"]>["br"]>...more
The entire book was a little bit boring but the ending was not too bad. I kinda narrow my list of suspects to 3 people, and it turned out I nearly gueThe entire book was a little bit boring but the ending was not too bad. I kinda narrow my list of suspects to 3 people, and it turned out I nearly guessed it. I think my detective skill has improved after reading 10000000 works by Agatha Christie. ...more
3 stars because I already kinda guess who the killer is . (view spoiler)[ I first suspected Linda for her odd behavior, but then again Agatha has almos3 stars because I already kinda guess who the killer is . (view spoiler)[ I first suspected Linda for her odd behavior, but then again Agatha has almost never chosen a teenager or a child as a murder suspect. Guess she doesn't want her novel to be messed up. So I first played suspicion on the husband/Rosamund. But again, every clue seem to be pointing at them, so that does not sound right. Having read Murder at the Vicarage, Death on the Nile and Mysterious Affair at Styles, I remember the old trope of UNLIKELY pairing. We know that the least suspicious person is the lover Patrick, who found the body, and his weak wife, Christine Redfern. However, I felt suspicious when the book said that Patrick was left alone with the body. I smelled something fishy here - he could have messed up something. As the story progressed, I kinda lose interest in them, however, because clues kept pointing at Linda and Rosamund. However, right at the end when Poirot about to make his talk, I felt very suspicious towards Patrick and Christine. The old case also kinda make me feel it to be likely. So of course, my instinct point me towards the right murderer! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>...more