I've never read a book by Mo Hayder before. So I don't know if this is typical for Hayder's books. But I aHoly moley! That ending! That ending!!!!!!!!
I've never read a book by Mo Hayder before. So I don't know if this is typical for Hayder's books. But I am definitely prepared to find out!
Early on in the book, I sort of decided on where this book was probably headed for an ending. Which we reached smack in the middle of the book. Which of course, left me thinking, "Huh.....Where will be go from here?"
Suffice it to say in my spoiler free zone, some rather surprising places.
Yes, off to find another Hayder book to read....more
You know how you think you know someone and you trust them with your inner most thoughts and feelings? And you know like you know your own self that tYou know how you think you know someone and you trust them with your inner most thoughts and feelings? And you know like you know your own self that this person will never let you down, that they will always do The Right Thing where you are involved? And then suddenly this person does the unbelievable, the inconceivable and cuts you to the very sinew of your soul? And you stand there, gobsmacked, in disbelief that this very thing has happened to you by the hand of this trusted person. But even as your stand there slack jawed you can see that this was Right somehow. You don't want it to be. But if you were honest with yourself, it is right. Somehow.
Well, that is how I feel about "The Brutal Telling." Gobsmacked. Disbelieving. I don't want this book to have occurred. I thought the world Penny created in Three Pines was safe and cozy and nothing bad would really happen. But even as I protest the events, I can see that it was destined. Even if it isn't Right in LizWorld (the place I live quite contentedly thank you very much) I can see it was Right in Penny's Three Pines and I need to adjust myself to her world.
Why, oh why, OH WHY do they insist in comparing this book to Stieg Larsson's Dragon Tattoo?? Sure, they are both crime novels. And they both take placWhy, oh why, OH WHY do they insist in comparing this book to Stieg Larsson's Dragon Tattoo?? Sure, they are both crime novels. And they both take place in a Scandinavian country. But that's it. First off, I actually LIKE this book!
I really like the characters of Carl Morsk and his assistant Assad. Carl is the tough but burnt out and trouble cop. Assad is an assistant or glorified secretary. He is an immigrant who appears to have sought political asylum. Their relationship is interesting. Frankly, one of the reasons I want to read the next book is to learn more about Assad. He seems to know too much about investigating and we don't really know why.
The mystery at hand is the presumed death of a politician 5 years earlier. I know nothing about the different political parties in Denmark. And I don't think I needed to know anything. Adler-Olsen let us understand the hypocrisy and "two faced-ness" and incongruity of the system.
I was pretty sure "who done it" maybe halfway through. But that wasn't the point. I enjoyed peeks to the relationships. We the readers don't know everything about the people and the relationships, but we have enough to see that they feel like fleshed out characters. It was also enough to make me want to know more and to keep reading to see more.
Adler-Olsen grabbed me right from the beginning. I stayed up late and rearranged my schedule to finish this book. ...more