...what really makes The Girl on the Train such a gripping novel is Hawkins' remarkable understanding of the limits of human knowledge, and the degree to which memory and imagination can become confused.
It felt like watching a long-awaited, much-touted extreme martial arts match end in a tie. At least I learned something about Dante, Florence, and the H+ movement—and it was more fun than a typical history lesson.
King may be exploring the nature of violence in contemporary America, but the narrative’s pacing is too slow for it to catch. King plots every action of his main characters, who spend a distracting amount of time thinking things through. Nothing is held back, which means the suspense never gains momentum.
The book uses a very clever she-said, he-said structure to construct how we see the characters and come to understand their changing relationship. Without having the rich internal thoughts that make up the text...
...Donoghue's bravado in investigating that potentially terrifying transformation grants the novel a frightening resonance that will keep readers rapt.
The whole effort might have been worth it had the novel’s much-hyped blackout-set climax somehow glued every broken piece together. But again, Hallberg is hungrier than he is patient...
With "The Silkworm" and "The Cuckoo's Calling," one might be tempted to say, Robert Galbraith has announced himself as a fresh voice in mystery fiction: part hard-boiled, part satiric, part poignant and part romantic.
This fresh scope makes for the best novel she has written as Robert Galbraith. It’s not Harry Potter; that universe is an irreplicable astonishment. The good news is that its creator evidently has some magic left.
The murder story allows only flashes of Austenian wit, and Lizzy is sadly eclipsed by Darcy.
...in which dogged attorney Jake Brigance fights for justice in a Mississippi town where justice is not always easy to come by...Trademark Grisham, with carefully situated echoes of To Kill a Mockingbird. A top-notch thriller.
Galbraith's (Rowling's) descriptions of the grey London streets, detailed musings of a disturbed young model's life and death and prose make the tale completely life-like!
Connelly has a gift for fast-paced drama, and isn’t afraid to paint a warts-and-all portrait of his main character. When it comes to passing judgment on Haller’s style of lawyering, Connelly will let the reader decide.
Connelly’s veteran detective finds it more of a challenge to apply his ethical code to a live case he’s been assigned: the suspicious death of a city councilman’s son
This wonderful story gave me goosebumps as I read it...I recommend this book to people who love inspirational tales and will be giving it as gifts.
Not much mystery and even less poison, but it’s hard to resist either the genre’s pre-eminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family.
There were two things, though, that bothered me: The writing, and the villain.
The book contains some surprising twists and turns, the ending coming out of left field—totally unexpected...It is a well-written, fast-paced, emotion-grabbing read.
Brushing up against the daily indignities of lockup is the text of the story that spills out in Orange Is The New Black, but Kerman never shrinks from the human element, even when regret and repentance overwhelm her.
His relentless pursuit of a treasure that his twisted thinking has determined is rightfully his generates the nail-biting suspense that’s the hallmark of King’s best work. A sharp closing twist suggests Hodges will be back.
The surprises all work, and the action builds to a satisfying resolution.