Adam is a Marine artist and his friend, a firefighter, has recently died in a fire that may not have been an accident. A trail of ambiguous clues, sugAdam is a Marine artist and his friend, a firefighter, has recently died in a fire that may not have been an accident. A trail of ambiguous clues, suggestive coincidences and dead bodies leads Adam to suspect it was indeed murder and he is determined to find some answers.
Together with Marie biologist Jody he searches with increasing peril for the complicated plot behind his friends death.
This was a pleasant enough little mystery thriller, quite a fast read, with well developed characters that were interesting to read and a fast pace. Sometimes the pace was in fact a little too fast to believably swallow, but that is ok in a thriller. The downside to this is that because of the fast pace the reader is aware that practically everything that occurs in meaningful to the plot, and everyone one meets is involved, but that all right too.
It was not the revolutionary writing that some reviewers have raved about, it was good, solid writing but nothing exceptional. The publisher took the tactic of larger print, bigger spaces and massive margins to make the book seem larger than it was.
There was a thing that annoyed me about it considerably however, it is billed as a "Marine mystery", the authors strength is meant to be "redefining police drama ...by ...setting against the atmospheric backdrop of the ever changing sea" (Goodreads profile) and yet no marine environments were described beyond a throwaway paragraph here and there. The main characters is allegedly a 'Marine Painter' but he never does any painting. Jody is meant to be a 'Marine biologist' but the most marine thing about her is that she walks across a carpark carrying a bag of barnacles one time, we are not even told why.
Since I added this book for it's allegedly Marine theme, I was annoyed by these promises that were not delivered upon. I wont slam the book, it was a good book, but I won't rate it high because of false advertising. If this was a publishing house tactical error, my apologies to the author for the low rating. (less)...more
Jack Reacher is one of my favorite ongoing characters and since I do not read a lot of ongoing novels or serial authors I am always charmed by how mucJack Reacher is one of my favorite ongoing characters and since I do not read a lot of ongoing novels or serial authors I am always charmed by how much more enjoyable the Reacher novels are than I remembered, how effortlessly enjoyable Lee Child's writing is.
In 'Make Me', the #20 of the Jack Reacher books, Reacher stops in a small to non-existent agricultural community, he stops there because it is on the train line, it has an intriguing name, and why not? Looking for a tiny, forgotten snippet of pioneering history, he stumbles instead across a missing private investigator in a mysterious case that seems to involve the whole town and which takes him all over America before the horrifying details start to become clear.
This was a very readable book, it sucked me in from the start and kept me interested all the way. The conclusion managed to be horrifying and exciting even as you kind of expected it, which is a rare writing talent in my opinion.
Reacher himself, as the focal point of the story is as well written as ever: Less a believable, ordinary human character, I feel, than an iconic figure because he is too competent at what he does, too detached from the world around him and too footloose to be 'real'. Yet he is a very well written polarisation of an underlying part of all of us. Who would not like be that certain of themselves? That physically capable, able to defend themselves and anyone else they chose to defend from (apparently) anything at all that may come? And those of us who have the traveling gene almost certainly sigh with envy at the ability to travel randomly, as you will, wherever you want with no encumbrances.
A pleasant crime/mystery story with an interesting premise.
Our main protagonist Tally, works for a fictitious American state Grief Assistance Program.A pleasant crime/mystery story with an interesting premise.
Our main protagonist Tally, works for a fictitious American state Grief Assistance Program. The theory, so sensible one wonders why there is not such a thing, is that there is an organisation of professionals who help and support the family of recently deceased, to cope with the process. I liked this premise a good deal.
This novel deals with a mystery of a child's body appearing mysteriously in the morgue (?), who killed her? Will they kill again? Tally, though neither a detective nor law enforcement of any kind, is the one to pursue the truth and justice for the victim.
While I enjoyed the central theme, the story was a bit too frantic to be brilliant; in addition to the actual mystery, there are romantic complications, work politics complications, here faster mother is in hospital and there may be a mystery there, which also affects the work politics... Too much, too frantic. I gather it is one in a series of 'Tally stories', everything is a series these days it seems. While the fact that it is a # book does not impact much on the central story I think it may be the reason behind the multiple plot lines.
I had not encountered this author before, but this novel having been given to me by a friend I read it any enjoyed it quite a lot. Do not be put of byI had not encountered this author before, but this novel having been given to me by a friend I read it any enjoyed it quite a lot. Do not be put of by the fact that this is a #6, it is perfectly readable as a standalone, you need not go searching for #1-#5 before enjoying this one.
A generic thriller/crime mystery, we follow the two PI leads Sean King and Michelle Maxwell as they become embroiled in the case of Edgar Roy. Accused of being a serial killed, incarcerated in a heavy duty psychiatric unit, there is something clearly very odd about the case. While a lawyer friend of King has brought him into it, the friend is discovered murdered and the death toll around the case is bewildering. Also, why are FBI so very interested in a serial killer with a modest body count?
We, the readers, are privy early on to the fact that all is not as it seems, but this fast paced, easy reading thriller does not disappoint nonetheless. It is easy to read and enjoy even of (like myself) you have never encountered the author or the main protagonists before. The story is intriguing, the twists are beguiling and the the secondary characters do their jobs admirably.
Two small criticisms; The twists that are meant to be surprises? I saw them coming miles away and I do not usually spot these things, so lets be honest; there are no surprises, no twists and no great revelations. Also, the theme of 'all USA agencies are corrupt, lying bastards who are morally depauperate'... Really? maybe overdoing it a bit there, even for me and I am usually pretty happy to accept criticism of the USA bubble.
Everyone knows Agatha Christie as the 'Queen of crime' and there is a strong theme in many of her very successful books; A party of wealthy English gaEveryone knows Agatha Christie as the 'Queen of crime' and there is a strong theme in many of her very successful books; A party of wealthy English gathered, a crime is committed, no one could have done it... everyone could have done it..... the truth is uncovered through sleuthing and the great expose' at the end... often by Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple. Everyone knows THIS version of Agatha Christie.
But in fact there are other books and this is one of them, with standalone characters, well written and unique scenarios. In this one a young woman abroad, contemplating suicide, is convinced to impersonate a dead woman to find the power that is stealing scientist and state secrets from all over Europe.
The characters are all well written and very believable, the scenario is wild but in a good way. The stories Christie wrote that are set overseas are some of my favorite ones,and this was delightful!...more
A very readable crime novel which starts out in the past, introducing a major mystery which then serves as an axis for events and crimes in the presenA very readable crime novel which starts out in the past, introducing a major mystery which then serves as an axis for events and crimes in the present. The scenes are set using reminiscences and a solid, vivid, descriptive style which I suspect is very Swedish, (that’s going out on a limb, as I have not read that many Swedish books, but that is the feeling I get from it) in any case, whatever else it may be this style is very readable.
The main investigating character is inspector Ann Lindell and I found her a very interesting, well written character whom I would quite like to see more of.
The main characters are good and the secondary characters that we encounter as part of crime investigations are unusual and often fascinating. While few of them are not entirely (or even a little) attractive characters they are certainly interesting. Like the characters, the scenes and situations are also different and interesting and well written. The small details that are used to solve the crimes are unexpected and make for a satisfying conclusion. The ending draws upon you slowly; it is not a great last minute exposé, slowly you come to realise what it must be, and then you find it was so, I would call it a satisfying ending rather than surprise ending. ...more
This is apparently one of a number of books by the same author, with the same central character, it was the first one I encountered however and I wasThis is apparently one of a number of books by the same author, with the same central character, it was the first one I encountered however and I was hooked.
The plot is gripping and spooky; a nasty murder has occurred at a home for troubled teenage girls; the story is haunted by strange happenings, facts that do not tie in, missing persons and mystifying events that cannot be connected, but somehow are. The whole thing weaves together into a very strong, absorbing story. The people one encounters throughout the novel are vividly described, interesting and consistently believable characters.
The main character, Joona, is a suitably omniscient and inscrutable super-cop in trouble for being to ethical. A bit stereotyped? Sure is, but that is no impediment to enjoying the story since Joona is used as a vehicle to observe and solve the crimes rather than being the central theme of the book which is a danger with that type of character.
The ending is a zinger too; unexpected in a lot of ways both in terms of the crimes and the main character that we have been following the crimes through. Read it and see!
All in all I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who likes a good crime mystery. As it is set in Sweden it is also a refreshing change to anyone else who is bored with the American-centricity of most crime writing. ...more
An enjoyable bit of historical-ish, thriller-ish crime-ish reading. There is a lot of 'ish' happening in it.
The historical setting is pretty good, I lAn enjoyable bit of historical-ish, thriller-ish crime-ish reading. There is a lot of 'ish' happening in it.
The historical setting is pretty good, I like the depth the author goes into about the Salem witch trials and the significant local knowledge of the historical development of the region. Often the (historical, to us) characters describe the way the city used to look and I liked that.
The 'historical' creditability phases in and out a bit, occasional (such as when a character describes someone as wearing 'panties') it is so very modern that it knocks you out of the story, but in general it is easy and fun to read.
A very heavy bow should be made in this one to the great detective Sherlock Holmes; the two main characters were so emphatically Holmes and Watson that I found it nearly impossible to remember their actual names. ...more
Surprisingly good, not as ‘chilling’ ‘gripping’ and ‘compelling’ as the back cover review suggest but still a pretty good read.
The two main protagoniSurprisingly good, not as ‘chilling’ ‘gripping’ and ‘compelling’ as the back cover review suggest but still a pretty good read.
The two main protagonists are well developed and emerge effortlessly as individual characters. The plot is pretty much secondary to character development, which worked well for my reading mood, the fairly moderate gore was relevant to the story, the psych part was reasonable and the finale was, if not unexpected then well executed (heh). ...more
A little predictable in places, a little 'horror-ish' with no actual horror, a little 'thriller-ish' with not too much thrill. The main chaIt was ok.
A little predictable in places, a little 'horror-ish' with no actual horror, a little 'thriller-ish' with not too much thrill. The main character had an ulcer that was constantly present until it went away. Do you find that confusing? so did I.
The killer is well developed; actually, the development of the killer is the high point of the novel. There is a teaser which is never followed up suggesting that the killer has a condition in which numbers assume an actual reality. I think this is a real condition associated with... is it autism? Or one of the social dysfunctions? I can’t remember and this book did not intrigue me enough to go looking.
The second by this author that I have read; I read the first cold with no expectations and it surprised me favourably so I grabbed a second one from tThe second by this author that I have read; I read the first cold with no expectations and it surprised me favourably so I grabbed a second one from the library. This is clearly an ongoing character with multiple same-but-different adventures. I doubt that they are very different to each other and no major insights into humanity can be expected.
What this book did deliver however was a very nicely packaged thriller which, while offering no surprises was very pleasant escapist reading. Jack Reacher, the main character is a undemanding vehicle for the reader and the story unfolds as well as any generic thriller I have ever read. I won’t rush out to read every single one (I might have when I was twenty two or so) but if I am ever in the mood for a thriller I might well reach for a Reacher. ...more
I have given this four stars because it was a good book. I am not sure that I 'liked' it exactly though. It was creepy as hell so it did its job, it hI have given this four stars because it was a good book. I am not sure that I 'liked' it exactly though. It was creepy as hell so it did its job, it has stayed in my memory so it deserves the stars but still... creepy as....more