Jami E. Nettles
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Drawn out and transparent
Oh my, where to begin. No spoilers, but it's first of all a case of mistaken identity. While there is a backstory, big chunks of it never are addressed and others are drawn out and out. The 2 big clues left in a diary are just so artificial. It doesn't take too long to figure out the plot and from there it is just a slog with characters who don't behave in ways people should. I have a pet peeve with stories where people drag their memories for "what was that I heard or saw that was off?" way after the fact, then recalling details. It was just too much artifice for my taste.
Doesn't crossover well
The plot is that people being killed who are deemed to deserve to die Some super interesting devices are left dangling, and what we do learn has giant holes. The most interesting part is trying to figure out why this is such as blockbuster in China. It is just one thing after another until I didn't care any more.
Overwritten and unexciting
Seems hard to believe that an epic struggle could be so boring, but the author focuses on such strange parts of the story, with little sense of action or flow. Flowery, implausible thoughts are given room, leaving little space for building suspense. I made myself finish, but at the end I just didn't care at all.
So uncompelling to me
I could not engage with this story. Although the book starts with the victim dead, I never learned enough about her to care. The characters didn't follow logical arcs, and I quit listening about 2/3 through when it fell apart for me. I tried but I did not enjoy any of this.
Overwrought narration over a marginal story line
I quit with 20 minutes left to go. Could see one major and distracting twist coming a mile away and by the time the others arrived, I just didn't care about these people any more. And the narration - just tooooo much. Hours of whatever that emotion was - I can't even. I enjoyed this less than any real book I've read in a long time. it is edited and linear so I'll give it a couple of stars, but would not recommend it.
Well done modern murder mystery
This is a well written, well edited book about an unsolved murder that took place in the main character's childhood, but such a refreshing change from many "psychological thrillers" on the market today. The characters behave in ways that are reasonably unreasonable - just like real people do - to make the entire story compelling. I was not waiting breathlessly to find the mystery solved, but enjoyed the book from beginning to end.
25 of 27 people found this review helpful
Oh, my heart aches with the loveliness of this
This was everything I could have wanted to happen in the Smiley finale. So beautifully written, so heart breaking, read with a voice like butter. I don't know if I can read ordinary books again so going back to start over on the Smiley books.
The most simplistic plot ever
I think this author is just too nice to write suspense. The plot was uncomplicated by realistic details with holes you could walk through, the characters all cartoonishly nice, and spoiler alert, this all isn't setting you up to find a dark underbelly. Honestly, just kind of dumb. No mystery except how it was published.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Most appealing detective in a long time
The key to the mystery is pretty obvious with big hints dropped early, but it's the characters and their motives that make this book such a pleasure. A very refreshing read, hopefully the start of a series.
Interesting and thought provoking
Jon Ronson is both interesting and entertaining' as usual. He doesn't try to be neutral and I'm not sure I agree with his conclusions, but I love the book and conversation about the ripple effects of free online pornography.