Two identical women. Two identical murders. Two lives brutally cut short 108 years apart.
Aimée Garnier Whitby, a beautiful French artist and wife of one of Maine's richest and most powerful men, is found near death on the Whitby family's private summer island, the letter "A" mysteriously carved into her chest.
Veronica Aimée Whitby, the 18-year-old descendant and virtual double of the first Aimée, becomes the victim of a near perfect copycat murder. With another beautiful, promising young Whitby woman slain, the media begin to swarm and pressure builds for Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage to bring the killer quickly to justice. But the key to solving Aimée's death just might have been buried with her beautiful ancestor.
The latest McCabe and Savage thriller from USA Today best-selling author James Hayman is a crackling, twisty novel of suspense, perfect for fans of J.A. Jance and John Sandford.
©2015 James Hayman (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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"Good Murder Mystery!"
I was not expecting The Girl in the Glass to be as good as it is. The book is a complex murder mystery.
"Good. Quite Good... But, be warned..."
From my cozy seat here on the edge of the mystery story spectorium I get-off peering inside of detectives McCabe and Maggie’s minds. I wish that Maggie Savage hadn’t slipped to a supporting role this time, and it’d be cool if next go-round she got more of the star turn she deserves.
James Hayman is more an expert engineer than an artist. He constructs plots the way Lear builds jets. It’s a miracle that so many tons of density can fly through the air… But engineers aren’t artists, or wizards. They put together the parts so that their creations don’t, um, land… spontaneously. Y’know?
I like the way Haymam and Stephen Mendel make me like Maine, and the people who swirl around Portland police detectives. Detectives who incidentally generally like and support one another as a team. Hayman, unlike a lot of mystery authors apparently doesn’t think they’re inept clowns riven by Peter-Principle promotions where only dung rises politically to the top.
And this time Hayman takes some clever risks as a writer, swirling together twin murders committed over a century apart. And it works. This jet flies!
Warning though, start the series with “The Cutting” and work your way here. Me? I’ll pre-order the next in this series as soon as the team records it.
"A Total Letdown"
This story had so much going for it. There were multiple suspects with varying possible motivations for the crimes and a mysterious link to the past. The revelation regarding the truth about the past murder was interesting, but it was spelled out in a journal, so there was no great sleuthing required. What really disappointed me was how the author resolved the crimes that took place in the present. The detectives are gathering clues, eliminating one suspect after another, then, suddenly, as if the author ran out of time or decided he'd had enough of writing this story, the answer just comes to one of the detectives out of thin air. Worse, the perpetrator is someone we've never met. I feel like I've been cheated when an author reverts to tricks like this to resolve a mystery. I was so disappointed that I had become engrossed in the story, only to have the resolution come out of nowhere.
"Now and Then: A Fatal Portrait"
I think they're pretty much the same. This was the last book in this series and I was disappointed with it.
Changed the ending for one thing, and would have taken out unnecessary info that made the book "drag" on.
The feeling of McCabe's character.
A Portrait in Murder
Disappointed with this one, but I like his writing. I will be looking forward to his next book.
"NOT AS GOOD AS THE OTHERS"
Very disappointing. The storyline was clumsy and the character development was nonexistent. I am glad I read the other books in the series first.
"Too much Historical Data - Very Slow moving..."
No. I absolutely love James Hayman's books. The McCabe & Savage series has been awesome but this book was a total let down. There was just too much historical data regarding the going on's in the 1920's. They could have developed more "real time" content and character development. The book was just not what I thought it was going to be. I was so let down.
The story had so much potential but for me it just fell very flat in comparison to the other books in this series. I am sadly disappointed with this book. The book was flat for the first 8 hours but then in the last hour of the book it seemed like there was "HOPE" for it to come alive and end well but... again... fell very flat for me.
The best scene in the book is the one of Lucy withdrawing the $400 from the ATM! I couldn't help be rooting for her even though she was stealing money from a dead girl.
No. The book was just... well... dumb. It was not nearly as good as the other books. Too much historical data regarding stuff that happened in the early 1900's. It seemed irrelevant. Less time could have been spent on that historical data and spent developing a better story line/killer.
I was not happy with this book but... I absolutely LOVE James Hayman as a writer. I am excited to see what adventure awaits McCabe & Savage next. I really wish their relationship would flourish!
"Good book, interesting and easygoing"
Characters are profound and believable! I didn't like the ending but that could be a personal thing. The performance is really good, not exaggerated, but not dull either.
"Mad I wasted my credit!"
This book was just OK for me. There was something missing from this book. Had me convinced the author was under duress while writing. Perhaps, the narrator was under duress b/c the listening of this book was ...Irritating. Female voices was ridiculously horrible. The story seems under developed. Hopefully, it's an editing issue but that coupled with the horrid narration has diminished me against reading the book to verify my suspicions.
"It's a bad soap opera"
First clue: of the seven glowing reviews shown on the Kindle page for 'The Girl in the Glass', only one is actually for this book.
Second clue: Kindle was 99 cents, Audible included.
In the first chapter we read that the woman has fallen off a 60 foot cliff (that's six stories, folks) to the seashore rocks below and is laying on her back contemplating her situation in the cold of the sea spray. She soon discovers she's also been stabbed, observing the 'deep vertical wound' in her abdomen, among other cuts. Then, and then, believe it or not, she feels the sharp talons of one of the crows (crow talons?) that had been evilly circling above, "pushed into her leg" and a beak digging in and tearing away a piece of flesh, oh no.
Fishermen arrive shortly with absolutely ridiculous discussion and observation as if they're standing across the room instead of offshore on a boat, followed by a laughable description of the rescue.
It goes downhill from there, with no end of bad dialog, irrelevant, voluminous fill, and situations testing even a very tolerant level of belief.
It started strong and fizzled out. Not as good as the others in the series
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