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When the naked body of a teenage girl is found on a riverbank in Basque Country, Spain, homicide inspector Amaia Salazar must return to the hometown she always sought to escape. A dark secret from Amaia's past plagues her with nightmares, and as her investigation deepens, the old pagan beliefs of the community threaten to derail her astute detective work. The lines between mythology and reality begin to blur, and Amaia must discover whether the crimes are the work of a ritualistic killer or of a mythical creature known as the Basajaun, the Invisible Guardian.
Torn between the rational procedures of her job and the local superstitions of a region shaped by the Spanish Inquisition, Amaia fights against the demons of her past in order to track down a killer on the run.
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By Dr. William J. Kass on 10-15-16
Lead character inconsistent
Would you try another book from Dolores Redondo and/or Coleen Marlo?
I actually did buy the second in this series...something about bones. The early pages confirm my views of this first novel.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Invisible Guardian?
I did not find a most memorable moment.
What does Coleen Marlo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Her ability to give voice to emotions such as fear, contempt, guilt...are impressive. I will look for other books she has read/performed.
Do you think The Invisible Guardian needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Yes, a second book is called for because the character development in the first is rather awkward. I thought the main character's mother, who was described alternatively as maliciously and intentionally mean as a snake then mentally ill, was representative of somewhat clumsy character development--too extreme? Neither was believable, and an editor who could smooth out the edges would be good. Similarly, the main character is portrayed as someone with strong instincts and intuition but still someone with the self-awareness and insight of cement, traits that seem mutually inconsistent. I'm hoping the second book may address these problems. So far--about 25% of the book--however, the main character is still presented as having the self-awareness and insight of cement but amazing intuition.
Any additional comments?
I'll keep listening to book two and hope for the best. So far, I find myself mostly disengaged from the fate of the main character. Subtle, introspective, but compelling character development for me is the key to a book I enjoy.
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By Ted on 01-14-17
This Is A Ladies' Book... Okay I'm seeking cover..
Got it... My headline is contentious. BUT... look. There are distinctly books that are generally injected with testosterone while others are flavored with oestrogen and progesterone. Look, people like to listen to, watch, and read people like themselves. Okay, it's important to stretch beyond our comfort zones... But I listen to this sort of book for escape, not cultural discipline. There's an intriguing murder mystery here, but there's also at least twice as much relationship discussion which frankly bores a big swath of men to ... SOB!
This book is the literary equivalent of a ChickFlick. And it probably will appeal to a lot of my female friends. The artistic director Charles Amirkhanian once wrote, "Boredom has become a lost art form."
For me, and I suspect a large bunch of men, Dolores Redondo has revived that art :-)
Coleen Marlo does what she can, but what she can do didn't overcome what the book couldn't do to make me love it.
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