Koryta is super-talented in the realm of detective fiction. I enjoy his wit and the action of the plot. It's also very fun to read a book that is set...moreKoryta is super-talented in the realm of detective fiction. I enjoy his wit and the action of the plot. It's also very fun to read a book that is set in my own neck of the woods. I'm looking forward to future installments to find out what happens with Joe. (less)
This book's title is by far my favorite title of all time. After reading the book I find it extremely powerful and effective. Koryta really delves int...moreThis book's title is by far my favorite title of all time. After reading the book I find it extremely powerful and effective. Koryta really delves into the complexity of Lincoln in this novel. He's not a "perfect" protagonist and I LOVE that. He's a real person with flaws. And Joe is his perfect complament. (less)
What can you say beyond, "WOW!" This book is just phenomenal. I love that Lehane paints a very "gray" world. Everything isn't black and white, right a...moreWhat can you say beyond, "WOW!" This book is just phenomenal. I love that Lehane paints a very "gray" world. Everything isn't black and white, right and wrong. You can't help but wonder what choices you would make in the same situation.(less)
Dennis Lehane NEVER ceases to amaze me with the gift he has. He evokes so much emotion from his readers...simply by the way he strings his words toget...moreDennis Lehane NEVER ceases to amaze me with the gift he has. He evokes so much emotion from his readers...simply by the way he strings his words together to make sentences and paragraphs. For example, right off the bat in the prologue the reader is painted this incredible picture:
"If time for me really is a series of bookmarks, then I feel as if someone has shaken the book and those yellowed slips of paper, torn matchbook covers and flattened coffee stirrers have fallen to the floor, and the dog-eared flaps have been pressed smooth."
Later in the novel, Rachel says, "...the dreams often stringing together and piggybacking off one another until they come to resemble a novel written by Picasso."
A novel written by Picasso? Who can't imagine that? And every person's image is going to be different, but they are all going to be "abstract."
Both of these quotes epitomize the utter chaos of the insane mind. And in a way, the whole book epitomizes that, but when you come to the conclusion, it isn't chaos at all; it's a well-formed, intricately layered plot. Every element works significantly and essentially with every other element.
And if having a phenomenal plot wasn't enough, the character development is outstanding. The range of emotion I felt for Dr. Crawley and Chuck was a range I've rarely experienced with reading. And Teddy will in all likelihood have to be added to my list of favorite characters. I cannot detail much more than that without giving spoilers aways, so I'll leave characterization at that.
Despite my raves about the plot and characters, there was one element that was even better...the perspective. Lehane gave this book the perfect voice. It wouldn't have been as suspenseful any other way.
In Shutter Island, I felt big bear arms wrap around me and pull me in; I could not put this book down. Every time I thought I started to grasp what was going on, a new twist evolved. And it wasn't a twist that made you think, "oh pahleeeaze! can he go any more overboard?" It was a twist that made you think, "Holy Cow! I didn't even see that coming, but it was there!" His twists are so convincing and so amazingly weaved into the fabric of the plot, that you start to be on guard. When the conclusion actually started to play out, I kept waiting for another twist. Isn't that what suspense is supposed to be about?
In Bones to Ashes, Brennan, Ryan and a new detective - Hippo - try to solve the mystery of several missing or dead young girls. The mystery leads them...moreIn Bones to Ashes, Brennan, Ryan and a new detective - Hippo - try to solve the mystery of several missing or dead young girls. The mystery leads them into a complex ring of child pornography, leprosy and long lost friends from Brennan's childhood. Outside of work, Brennan's life is in termoil. Ryan is pulling away from her after seeing how she was with Pete in North Carolina (Break No Bones), and Pete has informed her he wants to remarry - so he needs a divorce from her. At least she'll always have Birdie.
As always, Kathy Reichs kept me riveted throughout the entire novel. I found myself always wanting to read "just one more chapter." Her plots are rarely predictable; you may think you have everything figured out, but all along the way, new wrenches are thrown into the mix as the answers slowly unfold. She keeps the tango going between Brennan and Ryan; I know that tango keeps me coming back to see what happens between them. (less)