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I should have been told that this is single part of a story. I HATE THAT. Don't leave a song or a novel unresolved. If I need to buy a series of books to satisfy the questions that arise in the earlier ones... Let me decide from the beginning if I want to invest that sort of time.
Frankly, after reading "The Silent Girls" - I don't.
This is not a novel, it is part of one. Fuhgedaboud it.
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What disappointed you about The Silent Girls?
This author seems to have contempt for a lot of things: rich people, poor people, ugly people, fat people, teenage girls who have sex, men who have sex without an intention to commit, people who eat fatty foods, conservatives, and Christians -- not to mention housecats, which he really despises.
I think the author was trying to establish a "gritty" feel to the narrative by describing so many people (and cats!) with disgust, but it was wearying. (If you want to read this technique done right, read George R.R. Martin, who uses it more sparingly and with humor.)
The characters who were not evil were childishly volatile and a little slow on the uptake. Detective stories either need to wow the reader with the cleverness of the detective, or fascinate the reader with compelling characters. The main character here was a bit dense and not sympathetic, so it was hard to stick it out to the end.
Has The Silent Girls turned you off from other books in this genre?
No, there are plenty of better detective novels.
Would you listen to another book narrated by R. C. Bray?
Maybe. The narration was well done. But perhaps the contempt element of the story was overdone in the narration.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Silent Girls?
What was the point of including the parts about the backaches? And the ending was ridiculous! (spoiler:) A drifter turns into a clever criminal...how?
Any additional comments?
There is a scene where the main character sits in a Stickley chair in the office of a (ready, set, sneer!) rich person, and his back pain goes away.
Damn that 1%! They get to sit in comfortable chairs! The hero deserves a comfortable chair! Even though he ignores all his doctor's advice about his back! Because he's the hero! And he's not a rich person!
Good grief. A little homework would have helped here, aside from toning down the ham handed class struggle. Because Stickley chairs are not very comfortable.
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