I found this book particularly strange to begin with. We have a consultant, called by the police to do a psychiatric evaluation on a man that hadI found this book particularly strange to begin with. We have a consultant, called by the police to do a psychiatric evaluation on a man that had previously attacked her. I was a bit confused, given that I didn’t know is she would be able to judge him honestly.
Kit though was severe, but just and impartial which surprised me. She focused on the facts and she didn’t hesitate to speak her thoughts even if no one else agreed with her.
As the story goes on, the murder of the runaway named Lianne gets more tangled since the evidence the police hold are nonexistent and yet they are determined to end this story as soon as they can. Another murder takes away all the attention and Kit find herself torn between the two cases.
I enjoyed reading this book although I couldn’t find a connection between the murders. It seemed that the story went from one case to another and every attempt to connect the dots failed.
What I enjoyed the most is that I felt like I was investigating the cases along with Kit and the police and it was a fun ride.
Nicci French created some very good and interesting characters that kept me interested even when dealing with Kit’s personal life.
So, that’s it. Enjoy the quotes:
“The randomness of suffering is unbeatable. Better to believe that people are responsible for the things they bring on themselves.”
“People leave signatures behind. Always, even when they try to cover it up, because the signature of a murderer is a bit like the meaning of a poem. There’s the meaning that the poet intended, but there may also be hidden meaning that the poet wasn’t conscious of. Sometimes they think their signature is one thing but it’s actually another.”...more
What would you do? How would you react if suddenly you were forced to leave The Land of the Living?
I was hooked with this book from the very firstWhat would you do? How would you react if suddenly you were forced to leave The Land of the Living?
I was hooked with this book from the very first words: Darkness. Darkness for a long time.
I had the immediate need to learn who this person in the darkness is. How did she get there? Why is she there? But Abbie has no answers and no memory so I listen to her quite carefully as she describes the smells and the noises since she’s blindfolded. She builds images and forces herself to remember how it is to be free.
A butterfly on a leaf.
Following a character while she’s in captivity was very interesting and Nicci French managed to make is so real and vivid. Abbie tries to remember, to realize and accept the state she finds herself into and finally she tries not to lose the scraps of herself she actually remembers.
The writing is fast and flows so nicely, pulling the reader into the story, into Abbie’s strange and unknown life. I was hooked throughout the book and since I don’t want to spoil it, I can’t say too much.
This book, is really about time, about simple everyday time that flies away and indeed will never return. The time we take for granted, the years thatThis book, is really about time, about simple everyday time that flies away and indeed will never return. The time we take for granted, the years that grow from hours until one day you wake up and realize that the time ahead of you is shorter than the time that has already passed.
And then you indeed have the sense of an ending.
Reading this book was like reading a man’s diary. We follow Tony Webster’s most precious moments in life and those are not necessarily the best times of his life, but those who marked him and defined him.
Julian Barnes’s writing managed to touch my soul by recounting a simple story about a life, lived by a simple person who made mistakes and has regrets. For Tony Webster is nothing more than a simple man. He is you and me and the neighbor living just across the hall, he has not a special skill, not a huge bank account and yet the tale of his life is magnetizing.
Beauty in all its simplicity, they say, and this book is indeed the simplest book I’ve ever read.
We meet Tony at a young age, where school and friends were his only concern. We watch him grow up, struggle with girls and stumbling as he tries to find his balance on the world. Aren’t we all after all?
What I especially loved, was reading his fears and thoughts about life, about his life, and the ability he has to be honest with himself. He doesn’t fear to ask questions and I loved how he made me seeking for the answers.
I totally recommend this book and not because it won a Man Booker Prize but because it is so real that it could be you that Barnes is talking about and not a fictional character. ...more