This enduring classic has a wonderful sense of grandness about it. Whether it be the historical locations or the mysterious circumstances the protagonist finds herself in, all seem to take on a life of their own. This novel exudes a sense of power and foreboding – a feeling of menacing indestructability. Is her enemy amongst the living or the dead?
Many parallels are made between the work of Karin Fossum ‘the Norwegian queen of crime’ and Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy. While I wouldn’t say that this novel Bad Intentions quite reaches those dizzying heights, it is a quality Scandinavian crime fiction nonetheless. At less than 200 pages Bad Intentions is less of your typical ‘who-dunnit’ novel and more of an exploration of the differing psyches of those that are ‘hunted’ by the police.
This is the second novel by Sue Grafton that I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed B is for Burglar when I read it over a year ago and was looking forward to reading another Kinsey Millhone mystery.
Unfortunately S is for Silence didn’t live up to expectations for me. The murder mystery story itself was quite good, with a reasonably complex plot with clues gradually unveiled through flashbacks from multiple characters viewpoints. For me however, the element I most enjoyed in B is for Burglar, the personal touch of PI Kinsey Millhone, was somehow lacking this time round. Rather than being a central figure, she seemed to play a lesser role in this novel.
I was pleasantly surprised at how many plot lines Vicki Delany has managed to weave into Negative Image, a novel of less than 300 pages. Murder, extortion, a string of burglaries, a stalker and a personal tragedy are all on the bill.
Vicki Delany’s prose is unpretentious and easy to read – her focus is telling a compelling story.
Elise Warner’s debut novel Scene Stealer is a cozy mystery with attitude.
“For a moment our eyes met; his were frightened, seeking help. Was it my imagination gone wild? No. After all those years of teaching elementary school, I knew this child was afraid.”
Yann Martel’s debut novel Life of Pi truly deserves the accolades it has received. I was engaged and entertained by this tale. It is poignant, inspirational and life-affirming.
The predominant narrator is our protagonist Piscine Molitor Patel, who prefers to be called Pi. Interspersed within Pi’s telling of his story of survival as a teenager, is commentary from a reporter writing an article on the life of Pi many years later.
Pi grew up in a zoo and his knowledge of animal behaviours and traits is the foundation from which he shapes his view of the world and people in general.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley Quirky and captivating. In The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley has conjured up an enchanting little world with charismatic characters that readers will love. Flavia de Luce, protagonist and narrator, is a precocious little miss – but one the reader […]
BOOK RATING: The Writing 3 / 5 ; The Story 4 / 5 BOOK DETAILS: Gone (The Book Depository), Gone (Amazon) Book Synopsis Ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy has just been thrown into his worst nightmare. A car has been found abandoned, engine running, purse on the driver’s seat – and his estranged wife, Rainie Conner, has […]