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19126 I read this novel some time ago, and I remember I enjoyed it. I am feeling sad, though, that the author died so recently. I am in my 60’s so I read the earlier books in this series almost as they were published. The books were a part of my life for decades.
Feb 16, 2018 12:10PM

19126 Well, actually, Hole remains a bit damaged and more and more wrecked as the series continues, leading to a constantly ongoing and deeply depressed cop trope despite occasional bright hopes here and there...
Feb 09, 2018 02:15PM

19126 I adore Harry! Haunted bad boys are my Achilles' heel.
Feb 08, 2018 06:57PM

19126 : )
Feb 08, 2018 05:59PM

19126 A fly on the wall
Squashed by a quick forehand smash!
Secrets DOA
Feb 04, 2018 11:41AM

19126 I have audiobooks of some of the novels, and in only one is Hole pronounced correctly, like olé (ōlā) with the huh sound of 'h'. Fortunately for me, it was the first I listened to, so after the second audiobook with the narrator saying hōl, I checked it out and found out which pronunciation was the correct one!
Feb 02, 2018 01:12AM

19126 I prefer generally to read series in order, and I think it is important to read the Hole series especially in order because of Harry’s continuing messed up personal life. The book murders themselves are not exactly necessarily difficult to read scattershot as they tend to be standalone, but some of them are revisited later in order.

This first book in the series is a bit different in tone than the others. Harry is happier than he ever is in the later novels. I was really surprised when I finally read it. Originally, the American publishers printed and released the series beginning with book two or three. They did not release ‘The Bat’ for years after releasing the rest of the series.

I think European mysteries are normally not as dark or hopeless as American hard mysteries (I am going by the experience of having read some popular European or British mystery series) , so I expect the ‘lighter’ tone or the European manner of including regular family life and friend fun in the first Harry Hole novel was the reason for the publishers lack of interest - maybe. I’m guessing. The rest of the series is dark, bleak and full of horrific emotional suffering - the way many Americans, and maybe now the world! prefer their hard mysteries. There are hard British mysteries, too, of course. .

: )
19126 I think the novel is a terrific unique experiment, but the going backwards was a little awkward. Thankfully, I had a hardcover from the library. Maybe a three-star story, or three-and-half, but I think the experimental effort of Miranda deserves a point!
19126 Tom wrote: "SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!

I just finished the book and, after a slow start, I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, and please correct me if I'm wrong, I believe there is a huge plot hole. [spoilers removed]"

Well, he maybe was thinking two birds with one stone from the start of the trip, but yeah, after that?
19126 Mabelle wrote: "Just finished this book. I loved it. Slaughter’s description of the crime in her novel brings the violence and terror experienced by the victims right in your face.I read a lot of mysteries and it ..."

Completely agree!
19126 Truer words were never written, NancyJ!
19126 It's true, I learned I hated camping after a few camping trips to fish. Talk about slime! I had no trouble with putting worms on the hook, but I had no joy in any of it. Loved the swimming, the only thing.

I ended up liking this novel, though, which was a surprise. It is in no way a 'Girl on the Train'. I think it was mostly a straightforward girl in peril mystery story because she saw something she shouldn't have. I never doubted she saw it. She seemed just a fluttery anxious personality, not a type who was delusional. Not a 'pink elephants' person.

All in all, I felt this was a cross between a chick-lit and a YA read.

The emails allowed us to see what was happening off ship with other characters, besides scaring us about what happened to Lo.

Judah has to be in love - Lo was the kind of person who could be tiring to be around. But of course, we all were in her head with the first-person narration. I think the other characters liked her well enough as she presented to the outside world. They did not see inside her head like us. Several men tried to get her into bed. They liked her at work.

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19126 P.s. I won a week at a place which offered massages, hot tubs, a sauna. I found out I literally passed out in the hot tub (unconscious), and the massage made me feel as if my joints were being dislocated. That turned out to be due to the fact I have looser joints than other people.

Thankfully, I have never been the anxious type like Lo, or claustrophobic, or I suspect most of you would have dreaded taking me anywhere except to the local Starbucks. But I have worked with a Lo. Not good. However, the two of us together on a ship would have been memorable! Right?

I am definitely not the kind of person who would enjoy health spas or big cruise ships.
19126 I have never been on a big cruise ship. However I have been on a sailboat at night, which was cool until I had a glass of wine. Then I threw up. End of romantic date.

My husband and I owned a 22-foot 'sedan' boat which was propelled by an engine. I took Dramamine. Well. The other thing about a boat, is you are trapped. There are no quick fixes of anything if it is going wrong. Forget to take water, bug spray, a hat, food, a book, while 'getting away from it all?' Tough. The sun gave me a headache from beating down on my head, which I didn't know could happen, but after, I wore a hat. Then, I kept getting a rash on my face and arms whenever it was sunny. It turned out there is such a thing as a sun allergy, which for me, worsened over time with every prolonged exposure to hours in the sun. Next, I discovered when it wasn't hot or sunny in the day, I was always very very cold, like teeth chattering, when everyone else was comfortable. I found out I hated salty water spray and cold windy weather when I was very cold. I couldn't drink any alcohol at all except water, when everyone else was partying, because I threw up. And at dusk or night, every d*mn bug within a mile feasted on me. My husband rarely ever was bitten. I came home with a zillion bites. It turns out some of us have sweeter blood which bugs smell. I had only ever had warmed up food on an electric stove. I discovered propane stoves give food/water a terrible taste. I hated runnng about tying and untying fenders, ropes. I discovered I hated slime, and in boats, everything is under slime over time, which must be cleaned off. Plus, hello, drunk guests on a boat? H*ll couldn't be worse when there is nowhere to disappear or you cannot send someone who has become obnoxious or noxious home. Did you also notice how I could be considered a 'party pooper?' because I would be sickened by too much sun, alcohol, and bug bites? As well as whiny with repeated "when are we going home" questions. Going home means hours of more boating to go through locks to our berth, then tying up, swabbing down, putting out fenders, emptying trash and bathroom, checking equipment, lanterns, propane bottles and engine.

Over time, I slowly realized I HATED everything about boating. We had the boat for about three years. I quit going after two years.
19126 Hmmmm, started the book today. So far, I agree with most Lo is not very likeable.
19126 I think the author needed - and wanted - a motherly character in that role of support - so Slaughter used a Lenore to fill it to get in another type of mother into the story. Slaughter could have created a girlfriend or friendly neighbor, but instead she fulfilled, I think, a secret agenda of including every possible type of character who could fulfill the role of possessing maternal feelings.

Potentiality for mothering was the underlying theme of the book, I think. All kinds of motherly nurturing and lack of motherly nurturing were demonstrated.
19126 The brutality is educational for those who have never experienced this level of violence. For others such as myself it is cathartic, like Tad said.

Although I do not often speak of what enduring a violent scene is like, I have frequently had to hold down my temper at the ignorance of people. Some folks think a prayer and lighting a candle is all that is needed, and then it’s over. Some think PTSD is a just a women’s magazine fad or something undeserving people do to get on government benefits. Others yell at you to stop because it is so sad and it is ruining their day, even after they asked you to tell what happened.

One of my past therapists refused to allow me to talk about it because it hurt her to hear it. You can see how books written the way KS writes are so popular with those of us who ‘been there, done that’ and so we are hungry for validation.

Please note many victims of violence do NOT want to discuss it, ever, too. We are all different. Personally, I adore KS novels because she tells it like it is. For me, that is so cool.
19126 I started it yesterday. I am liking it!
19126 Loved it! I read straight through most of Friday and Saturday night!
19126 My library hold finally came, starting now.
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