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This book is fantastic. I have read or listened to nearly all of George's Lynley books, and this is my new favorite. I am so relieved and happy because the past several books had shown a decline. I won't go into that now, but want to say how superb this one is. The story is--as usual--very complex and character-driven. The multiple human actions and motivations that lead to a crime are threaded through the narrative in just the right way so that each plotline reaches its climax in the last part of the book. What is so wonderful here is that the characters' actions are completely plausible as well as fascinating. There is a theme beneath the various storylines that is never hit upon directly but is there for the attentive reader to think about. George plies her characteristic technique of going into the minds of multiple characters with the utmost skill and a deeply satisfying result. Several important storylines (for Lynley, Havers, and Isabel) are advanced to believable and deeply moving positions.
The narration by Simon Vance is first-rate. Male and female characters are brought to life with ease.
My only sadness is that now I have a long time to wait for her next one!
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After George killed off Helen, I avoided her following books. Friends encouraged me to give her another try so I listened to the previous book in this series and found it ok. Enough ok to purchase this book. I truly enjoyed The Punishment She Deserves from start to finish. I am past the death of Helen, I like these characters and was happy to spend twenty hours getting to know them again. Simon Vance is outstanding as always. It's a good mystery although easy to figure out, but the story is the thing, not so much the who done it.
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