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The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
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SO I managed to complete it this time!
First of all let me start by saying that this book is divided in 4 sections each one consisting of approximately 6-10 chpters. I didn't read the first section of the book this time, it was far too boring to go through it again.

The second section was bearable and a little bit more intriguing since this is the part where the Black Dahlia appears. Even though I didn't find the narration challenging for some reason I kept putting the book down. Like every 10 pages. I can't really put my finger on what it is I didn't like. I know for sure I hated the whole boxing thing, but other than this it was ok.

Anyway I was determined to keep my rating the same (1 star) until I started reading section 3. This is where the story becomes gripping and Bucky starts unraveling the mystery of one of the most complex and macabre crimes I've ever read about!

Regarding the fourth and final section, I have to admit I was left speechless, reading page after page non stop. You should bear in mind there are some disgustingly gory scenes descibed in the book that some of you may find deeply disturbing. I didn't. In fact, I think the author should have skipped-condensed the fisrt 2 chapters and not be afraid to leave some details out. I'd rather he had embellished the last 2 sections and given us more details.

Anyway, mystery-noir lovers I am sure you will find this one worth reading. This genre is not really up my alley but I would recommend The Black Dahlia to those of you who enjoy gruesome murder mysteries.


INITIAL REVIEW- In case you consider quiting the book- Don't. It gets much BETTER!

Sorry but I couldn't finish it...

I read about 100 pages and then I just couldn't bring myself to turn another page... Such a disappointment. This genre is really right up my alley but this book.... I think I completely lost interest when I started reading about the boxing thing... I was interested in the crime but suddenly I felt as if I was reading another book and there was a mistake. Maybe I'll go back to it sometime...Does anybody else feel the same???
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Reading Progress

January 26, 2016 – Shelved
April 13, 2016 – Shelved as: mystery-crime-thriller
June 10, 2016 –
page 85
22.14%
June 10, 2016 –
page 85
22.14% "Having read the summaries of the first 6 chapters and refreshed my memory, I'll try to pick up where I left off... Hope I enjoy it this time!"
June 11, 2016 –
page 168
43.75%
June 12, 2016 –
page 282
73.44% "I am about to start reading the third section. So far the book has gotten much better. I particularly enjoyed chapters 23 and 24. There's still something missing. I keep putting it down even though it's relatively short and easily read."
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June 14, 2016 – Finished Reading

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Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition I just started this book because I thought the movie was good, in a film noir way. I am still trying to figure out why he had to add the whole endless (to me )boxing episode - I think it would have been just as effective if he just alluded to it, I get that he has some history with his partner and also is probably in love with his partner's girlfriend. I am on Chapter 6 and am still waiting for the Black Dahlia to be found!!


LENA TRAK I hope you'll manage to go through with it... I really want your opinion on this... I hate it when I quit reading a book. I'll ask you again when you finish this!


Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition LENA wrote: "I hope you'll manage to go through with it... I really want your opinion on this... I hate it when I quit reading a book. I'll ask you again when you finish this!"

Ok, it's getting really good now - I am listening to it on Audible and the guy narrating it has the perfect 1940's policeman voice. I think his voice reading the book to me has kept my interest. The dialogue is totally political incorrect and there is a lot of grisly details, but although I find it offensive, it is easy to imagine the characters acting like that.


Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition Just finished it - horribly awesome! See my review on my profile page.


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