Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor was first published in 1985. Alternating between the eighteenth century, when Nicholas Dyer, assistant to Christopher Wren, builds seven London churches that house a terrible secret, and the 1980s, when London detective Nicholas Hawksmoor is investigating a series of gruesome murders on the sight of certain old churches, Hawksmoor is a brilliant tale of darkness and shadow.
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Great subject matter - just doesn't deliver.
Peter Ackroyd - perhaps and perhaps not.
Derek Jacobi - Definitely
I really didn't like this book.
The plot was fascinating and the premise was even better.
Peter Ackroyd wrote the novel well.
The characters were simply unlikable. I loved the architectural details and the ascent of the 18th century protagonist but he was so unabashedly evil! I found it rather hard to identify with him. His modern counterpart was also rather unlikeable as he was just so depressed at his own mediocrity.
I wished the novel could have gone in a different direction. Perhaps this is a book that would do well in a book group or read by a few people at the same time. I would have liked to discuss much of this book as I was reading it.
Derek's voice is perfect. He is one of my all time favorite actors. I have much respect for him.
The book was well written. The plot path was woven quite intricately and in an interesting way. I found it quite easy to discern the two paths of the story, present and past. Derek Jacobi's performance aided this distinction quite a bit.
I loved everything about this book except the characters. Perhaps I need to read / listen to this novel again.
- Scott Mosher
unusual structure and style