Claudia Wilson never quite trusted her roommate, an artist named Tom. After finding a body buried in a snow bank outside her front door, her suspicions about his eccentric behavior only worsen. Unemployed and obsessed with the murder, she realizes how little she knows about the people who live around her, including Tom. Tempted by love but unable to trust a man with a past in light of the murder, Claudia does everything she can to find out about the killer. The results lead her to a startling discovery. When art and violence collide, the results can be explosive.
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You'll never trust your neighbours again...
I haven't read the print version but the audio version is really good. Ms Piller is one of those narrators who make you forget it's not you who's reading the book - she reads so naturally it's like listening to your mother reading you a bedside story:) On a more serious note, I liked her interpretation of the novel a lot; she doesn't really act out any parts or situations, or only slightly changes her voice sometimes when it's necessary, for example to differentiate between two women having a conversation, other than that she just reads the book to you, but it sounds very natural and flows so smoothly that I never once lost track of what was going on or who was speaking... I do like this kind of narration a lot, I prefer it to one that is "overacted", with voices of the characters of the sex opposite to the interpretor's usually sounding really unnatural or slurred...- this is definitely not Ms Piller's case. Her interpretation of the book is clear, smooth and brings the story itself to the foreground.
The book starts with the main character Claudia finding a body on the doorstep of the house she lives in with a roommate she doesn't really know much about. Her neighbours are a colourful set of folks with their own problems, some bigger than others. But can she trust any one of them? And can she trust her roommate Tom? Especially that, as it turns out, the killer is definitely one of their flock and Tom has a police record and doesn't want to tell her what he did in the past... That's the starting point for the book which turns out to be a definitely engaging listen. Claudia tries to find out who killed the poor guy, discovering things about her neighbours she never suspected of them, discovering also things about herself she never realized before. This is not a police procedural, but it's also not a typical cozy mystery, I'd say. There's not much of an investigation going on in the foreground, it's just Claudia talking to her neighbours and to Tom, sometimes learning things and finding facts almost by accident, not really realizing how important the things she's got to know might be, and still it's an intriguing novel, keeping you listen until the end:) And, as it should be, the discovery of the killer is surprising and the ending itself is full of action and suspence:) To sum up, it was a really captivating listen and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes good, classic, a little Agatha Christie style crime stories:)
It's difficult to choose one particular scene to call my "favourite"; K.B. Jensen is very good at painting the scenes with words... If I had to choose, I'd say the last few chapters would be my favourite part, when we discover who "Angel" is and what happens to Claudia and Tom right after that (but I can't give you more details here not to spoil anything for you:))
Generally, K. B. Jensen is a really good story-teller; the characters are intriguing, they feel real, and their actions and emotions stay true to their personalities. The plot develops smoothly, with some red herrings here and there and some twists on the way to keep your interest unwavered until the big finale:)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
- Lidia Chymkowska