A great little whodunnit from a debut author. You'd never know it, as this book is a great read from start to finish. The characters are well developeA great little whodunnit from a debut author. You'd never know it, as this book is a great read from start to finish. The characters are well developed, the dialogue believable, and the setting in a small Australian outback town, very evocative.
I was drawn in from the beginning, and satisfied with the solution to the 2 mysteries that make up the book. I liked the way the author reverts back to the events that occurred previously, and ties them in with the present day. I've even more impressed as the author is English, and despite having migrated to Australia not that long ago, has a solid understanding of Aussie vernacular, of the outback and the effects of drought, and of the way of life. ...more
The first book in this series was enthralling in every aspect. I loved the character of Matthew Corbett, and his enquiring and analytical mind. As theThe first book in this series was enthralling in every aspect. I loved the character of Matthew Corbett, and his enquiring and analytical mind. As the series has gone on, I have not enjoyed any of the books as much as the first, and in , I was again disappointed.
Some of the developments were so over the top that it made me cringe. Imagine a lavish dinner party where one of the guests has his head slowly and theatrically sawn off his body while he is awake, with a table full of men and women watching. Now these are nefarious men and women and master criminals, but even so, I found it impossible to accept. No-one screamed, swooned, left the table, puked or shouted out in horror or astonishment - really????
It's a bit hit and miss for me with Robert McCammon. I absolutely love some of his books, whilst others leave me annoyed or feeling let down. The Matthew Corbett series started with a bang, but the last 2 books in the series I've read have been sensationalised and graphically violent at times, to the point of being sickening and unbelievable.
There's also the issue of Matthew's sexual experiences (spoiler alert for the next 2 paras) - all of them have involved women "taking advantage of his drugged or sleepy state, to have their way with him. Come on, Mr McCammon, give me (and Matthew) a break.
And yet again, true love doesn't run smooth because just when you think Matthew and Berry are finally going to declare their mutual love after all their misadventures and sorrows, and Matthew goes and pushes her away....again. ...more
A fascinating and beautiful tale of superstition and folklore in Ireland in the early 1800s. As with Burial Rites, this atmospheric book captures theA fascinating and beautiful tale of superstition and folklore in Ireland in the early 1800s. As with Burial Rites, this atmospheric book captures the landscape and the harsh way of life with great skill. I was at times disgusted, saddened, and furious with the ignorant and superstitious ways of the country folk who believed in fairies, and resorted to outrageous methods to deal with bad luck and ill health. Most of all, I felt heartsick for the poor little boy Micheal, who was subjected to all manner of abuse in efforts to cure him of his changeling status. Based on real events, this story cements the status of Hannah Kent as a teller of fine stories. Her books are meticulously researched and capture the essence of time and place. I just hope with her next book, she departs the mud and the cold and the poverty for warmer climes and happier times. ...more
This book captured the essence of working class life in Italy in the 1950s, and opened my eyes to some of the ways of the people. I can see why so manThis book captured the essence of working class life in Italy in the 1950s, and opened my eyes to some of the ways of the people. I can see why so many Italians left Italy for the USA and Australia in the 50s and 60s if this was all life had to offer back then.
It was interesting to see how little value was placed on education, and how going out and earning a living from a young age was all anyone aspired to. I'll probably read the next novel to see how the friendship at the heart of the story develops, although it seemed to be very much a one-sided relationship. I enjoyed learning about life in Naples at the time, much more than the story of the friendship at the heart of the set of novels....more