This is Lars Kepler second book I have read after the hugely dark and complex The Hypnotist and I must say that Detective Joona Linna doesn't fail to impress. Set in the streets of Sweden, this book takes the reader for a thrill ride. In the previous book the concept or the core of the book was based on hypnosis and psychological immaturity but this book is based on music and emotional discontent adn how your nightmares never end even long after your death and it involves none other than the famous 17th century violinist Niccolò Paganini rumored to have sold his soul to the devil for attaining musical virtuosity. From the beginning of the book the reader is drawn into the mysterious murders and is left guessing as to the real motive. With a wide array of colorful characters, the author has set up a world which has its own charm and is difficult for the reader to let go. Page after page as the reader gets drawn in more, sinister truths and untold secrets come out of the closet making the chase after the killer even more difficult. The best part is no one seems to be left out of the action as everyone involved get dragged into the net of deceit, confusion and murder which leads to dizzying course of events which could only end in an epic climax. Another reason this book is so interesting is that it continues the style of writing in the present tense making it all the more action packed than it would seem. This is one of the many reasons I was attracted to The Hypnotist. Even as the book reaches its conclusion on board a yacht in the open sea, the reader is not allowed to close the book and heave a sigh concluding the adventure he just read. Instead, towards the end, Lars Kepler seem to have started an even more intriguing chapter which will leave the reader begging for more. ...more
The book was as emgrossing as it was confusing. This being my first Neil Gaiman book, I did some research on the author and found that he mostly wrotThe book was as emgrossing as it was confusing. This being my first Neil Gaiman book, I did some research on the author and found that he mostly wrote novels for kids and that this novel in particular was his first foray into adult literature. Knowing that I was a bit skeptical about how this story would be narrated. Would it be well understood by an adult? The answer is a sort of yes and no. The novel tell the story of a young man (whose name was never mentioned) who come back home for a funeral and has a flashback of all the weird and unexplainable things that happened to him nearly 40 years ago. Memeorable and equally captivting characters like the Hempstock family and the Opal miner dot the entire story making this novel you cant just brush aside. A great job this novel does is make us adults remember the childhood we once had and have probably lost trying to live our busy and ever stressful lives today. And with the vivid descriptions the author presents us with with regards to the sorrounding and a young boy's curiosity only proves my earlier point. As for every good word I have mentioned in this novel there is an equally dark side. I failed to understand the concept or purpose of the plot. Who or what were the Hempstocks? What was Ursula? What are the vermints? These are questions that remain unanswered till the end of the book and that's something that left a sour taste in the mouth. Nevertheless these are just my own opinions. People cn hate or love this book. Perhaps this book is giving me a message I fail to understand....more
A great novel. Just as expected from Ken Follett. Fast paced and a touching story are the main factors that will keep you hooked. Although there werenA great novel. Just as expected from Ken Follett. Fast paced and a touching story are the main factors that will keep you hooked. Although there weren't many strong characters in the book....more
If anyone knows how to grip readers by the throat, it's Jo Nesbo.
This is my 2nd Harry Hole novel after Police and I can still feel that excitement IIf anyone knows how to grip readers by the throat, it's Jo Nesbo.
This is my 2nd Harry Hole novel after Police and I can still feel that excitement I felt when I read his previous work. As always immaculate planning has been implemented in the writing of this novel. With hair raising suspense and likeable characters the reader cannot go wrong.
Another great thing about this novel is how Nesbo usually ends it. Leaving small breadcrumbs within the orignal script so that readers will be eagerly waiting for the next novel is probably the best marketing strategy any author can dare to think of.
I have absolutely no idea how this book was categorized in the "humor" section of the goodreads choice awards let alone it being a runner up. No StoryI have absolutely no idea how this book was categorized in the "humor" section of the goodreads choice awards let alone it being a runner up. No Story here. Just a woman's sex fantasy till the end. That's all. I assumed it would end differently but Nooooooooo.......more
Hauling a 11 year old street smart kid in the center stage of US law, politics and the Mafia is probably one of the reasons one should pick this bookHauling a 11 year old street smart kid in the center stage of US law, politics and the Mafia is probably one of the reasons one should pick this book
Placing a 11 year old kid as the main protagonist is probable one of the most daring things any author that I have read, has done yet. Though this novel keeps ups the pace and the fact that there's never a dull moment to look forward to, it still can't be classified as a nail biting thriller. As the novel progresses, the reader will realise that there's nothing actually to look forward to. There are no grand reveals, nothing extra-ordinary happens that the reader wasn't expecting in the first place and the novel ends on a rather happy note. Overall, I would recommend this novel only to those who are happy with reading whatever I have stated on my earlier point....more
I've never actually read The Shining only seen the movie, so when I picked this book up I wasn't really expecting much. And boy was I wrong. Of all thI've never actually read The Shining only seen the movie, so when I picked this book up I wasn't really expecting much. And boy was I wrong. Of all the Stephen King novels that I have read (which are not many by the way) this is probably the creme de la creme. There was not a dull moment in this book and characters like Danny and Abra are equally memorable. The only downside is that we can never know if and when king will decide to write a sequel about Danny or even better, Abra. Maybe it'll be 30-40 years.......more
Balancing character development and a brutal murder case with such great ease is probably the best thing that has happened in this book.
This is my fBalancing character development and a brutal murder case with such great ease is probably the best thing that has happened in this book.
This is my first Harry Hole novel, but it didn’t feel like it at all. Having a damaged cop with his own flaws and personal problems probably made him more human compared to some other characters I know from other series. As I mentioned earlier, character development is probably one of the main points of this book. With a wide array of colorful characters to work with, Nesbo has definitely done a great job of placing them where they should be and giving them appropriate roles. As new characters have come along, Jo has some painted them in a way that makes the reader remember them long after they have turned the last page of this novel. Of course, nobody is ever so perfect and it’s quite evident how the author has completely forgotten Silje. Considering her seductive attitude throughout the book, I was hoping some sort of major role she would play in the story. But alas, that was not to be. What fascinates me about the tone in which this book is written is how the author keeps the reader guessing till the very end about the details of the mastermind. The entire crime however gruesome it may seem it equally dubious in nature. What makes this murder mystery novel different from others in this genre is the weirdly sexual and psychological tone it takes as it goes about doing its business. Only an author as experienced as Jo Nesbo could turn a simple cat and mouse game into something much more devious. With many teasers placed towards the end of the novel with characters who we may have forgotten but the author certainly has not, he has basically guaranteed that readers will be lining up for the next Harry Hole novel. One can’t expect just simple fairy tail ending in this novel. I highly recommend this novel to those who are seeking a thrilling ride into gruesome murders and puzzling psyches. This one deserves a 4.5 star rating. Something that deserves special mention is the UK cover art. Being a person who appreciates a fitting cover art for a novel, I am highly impressed with the author deciding to put a photo of Oslo prison in the UK edition. The dark and gloomy image definitely piqued my interest and a major contributor to what made my buy the book. Kudos to the artist/photographer. ...more
It would be best to call this novel a psychological murder mystery (a light mention of horror).
Stephen King has proved once again that he is not jusIt would be best to call this novel a psychological murder mystery (a light mention of horror).
Stephen King has proved once again that he is not just a machine that produces a 1000 page novel every time someone yawns. Careful consideration has been given while writing this book. With a remote town setting and detailing the life of people who work at fun fairs and theme parks at such places, King has proven himself to be a master storyteller. What makes this book even interesting is the day to day life and problems of our main protagonist Devin Jones, the ghost that haunts a ride in the fair and a wide array of other colourful characters that our lead interacts with. What’s even more fascinating is that the story is told from the perspective of Jones when he is 60 and he is reminiscing about the major changes that happened when he was 21, that basically altered his life’s path or more precisely his outlook on life one of which was the abrupt way in which his girlfriend broke up with him. With King constantly moving Devin from age 21 to the time he attained the age of 60, it made for quite an interesting read. As we go deeper in to the novel it becomes less and less of a murder mystery and more of how a youngster deals with his problems as he reaches the stage of becoming a “grown up”. The overall setting and scenery have been described pretty well for a 70s setting which I believe every reader will get to experience. King only switches to the murder perspective of the story towards the end of the novel which I believe was a bit abrupt but not entirely unexpected and I wouldn't wish for the novel to drag on with unnecessary detail any longer. Though this cannot be described as one of this best works, it nevertheless is not something one can ignore. Though King could have done a lot more with this story he chose to keep it short and sweet. I can only give this a 3.5 star rating....more
A great plot that could have been better had it not been for some obvious clichés.
First of all, such work coming from a novice is quite commendable.A great plot that could have been better had it not been for some obvious clichés.
First of all, such work coming from a novice is quite commendable. Most of the times when I receive copies or purchase books from relatively new authors (particularly Indian), I am faced with the issue of wading through the various stereotypes that the authors come up with while they are designing the characters and the people around them. The book, according to the author, is classified ad a mystery/thriller, which it rightly is, until it reached a certain point (Inspector Rathi) and the confession of the murderer that I began to feel the thrill of the story slipping away from me.
First, the book is very small, which wasn't really necessary, since the plot could be extended. Unlike other stories that I know where authors deliberately stretch the a small plot to umpteen pages to increases the size of the book, the book could have been the opposite. It seems that the author was in such a hurry to move from one frame to the next that they completely forgot the surroundings. For example, Inspector Rathi is not investigating at the rate ,precision and professionalism which he should, even though he is described as a sharp and inquisitive person in the beginning. The final revelation by the murderer didn't make much sense either.
Secondly, the way the characters were talking to each other, especially conversations between Jay and Taara and some conversations between Jay and Rathi felt like they were actually reading from a script rather than speaking naturally.
Overall, I believe the author still has a long way to go but she is on the correct path to become a highly successful if not great writer. She already has a great foundation of the crime and how to add the mystery to it, all that is needed is proper development of the characters and some rather obvious kinks here and there.
I would recommend this book to those people who wouldn't analyse it as minutely as I have ;) and take it as it is and that is, a good piece of entertaining literature....more
This book is only good for those who have a very keen interest in aircraft technology. First of all throughout the book I failed to understand what thThis book is only good for those who have a very keen interest in aircraft technology. First of all throughout the book I failed to understand what the author was trying to drive at. There was the plane crash, greedy ways to do business, media hypocrisy and all those jargon. Overall I just wanted this book to end. It was too much of a drag to read but it did come with a surprising ending....more
A brilliant novel with a beautiful ending. Forsyth shows how it should be done. A great tribute to people like Sam McCready who spent their lives in tA brilliant novel with a beautiful ending. Forsyth shows how it should be done. A great tribute to people like Sam McCready who spent their lives in the shadows to ensure that the people in the light were never harmed. A highly recommended read....more
I have absolutely no idea who the hell I am supposed to feel sorry for
This book really makes you think whether you ever want to marry or not. BeingI have absolutely no idea who the hell I am supposed to feel sorry for
This book really makes you think whether you ever want to marry or not. Being a bachelor myself, it applies to me and most of my kind, I guess.The story is a roller coaster ride in the lives of Nick and Amy with each chapter being told from the other's perspective. Talking any more about the plot will only act as a spoiler as it has been carefully woven together.
One of the many things that make this novel readable is the ability to trick the reader into thinking that he/she has figured it out and that's when the author hits you the hardest. The ending is probably one of the sickest and most surprising ones that I have ever read, adding the psycho seal the the thriller novel, and that is where my title comes from exactly. That ending literally woke me up from the boredom that I had obtained in reading this stretched out piece of literature.
My main complaint with this book is that it was a bit too long for the kind of story it was trying to convey. The story just kept dragging on and on till the point where I was just thinking, God !!! get this damn thing over with..
Overall, a very concise plot would have made it a great read....more