Of number-one New York Times best-selling author Sue Grafton, NPR's Maureen Corrigan said, "Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters." With only two letters left, Grafton's many devoted listeners will share that sentiment.
X: the number 10. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss.
X: the shortest entry in Webster's Unabridged. Derived from Greek and Latin and commonly found in science, medicine, and religion. The most graphically dramatic letter. Notoriously tricky to pronounce: Think xylophone.
X: the 24th letter in the English alphabet.
Sue Grafton's X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.
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"My X-pectations were too high"
Many of the complaints I read about this book centered around the fact that there was “too much filler” but that didn’t bother me at all! I like the filler and I like the way it makes me feel like I am just hanging out with Kinsey. Had the book just all been filler I think I would have enjoyed it much more.
What disappointed me was the general lack of a good story. I didn’t get the point of any of it, it felt too jumpy and disjointed… I had trouble following.
Also, I found it particularly annoying how easily EVERYBODY blabs. People she just met and to whom she posed just one question all spill their beans to her on the spot; too easy.
Ah well, win some – lose some. I’m still in for Y in 2017!
"What a disappointment"
3 different story lines that were of no real mystery. Not at all what I have come to expect from this story. It's as if the author ran out of steam. Boring, Boring, Boring.
I would give away too much but the story was just silly and not at all the interesting mystery that I enjoy in this series.
"Not as advertised"
The blurb for the book couldn't be more misleading! Just dive in and enjoy what we love about Kinsey, her tenacity and humor. While it feels a little like it's a buildup for "Y", it's still a great ride.
"Really? Not that good!"
Like most of Kinsey's big time fans -- I've read/listened to the whole series, most of them twice, several three times -- so I was really looking forward to this book. Heck -- I look forward to ANY of them, but this one I bought and then "saved" for awhile, to enjoy at some time when I really could savor it. And when I finally started in, right from the beginning, I was disappointed.
Were my expectations too high? Or did the book just seem flat? Hard to say, but there wasn't any sizzle in this one. It just sort of plodded along, Kinsey being Kinsey, which is enough to rate three stars, but .... not a memorable story. Aside from one small moment at the end, nothing exciting ever happened. (Want a really really good one in the series? Go for "C" -- I just reread that one, and realized again what a truly great book that one is.)
Maybe it's tough to make real estate interesting. Or maybe having characters messing around with paintings is inherently dull. Whatever, there just wasn't any there, there. Nothing caught my attention to the point that's I'd do anything to keep on listening. I had no problems walking away from it when I had to, no great expectations coming back.
The only matter of interest -- at least for us die-hard fans -- is that Kinsey encounters a computer for the first time. And she's actually entertaining thoughts of being nice to a cat -- continuing her liberation from "W" -- something highly unlikely for this confirmed animal dis-liker.
No matter what any of we reviewers say, Grafton's millions of fans will read this one anyway -- which is fine. But beware: this isn't the best of the series. Far from it.
I've followed this series for years, and I was looking forward to this book. I was disappointed. There was little tension, very little mystery and a totally unsatisfactory ending. Save your money. Sue, maybe you need to retire. You're rich enough already.
"Classic Kinsey, Horrible Narration"
I was excited about this release as I've read the entire series but this was my first listening. The story seems to drag on in parts and I find my thoughts drifting. This could be a result of the ridiculously over pronounciated narration, which gets very tiresome. I wish I'd bought the paper version.
Ugh, where to begin? I don't usually write reviews and I've never found myself so distracted by a narrator. I love this series and I was excited to listen to it for the first time. However, the narrator over pronounciates every other word, making it difficult to concentrate on the story. Anyone familiar with the series knows that Kinsey is sarcastic, but the constant negativity and smart@$$ tone makes her seem annoying. Overall, I'm sad to have this voice in my head for this beloved character.
Absolutely, but I'll read it, not listen.
"80% Filler.....20% slow story....."
Disappointing listen.....at times I felt like I was trudging through the forest in the rain looking for the trail.... the story line was fragmented......cluttered with tooooo many characters...who were not relevant until the very end of the story......
Kinsey, I expected more.....
"Good Kinsey Milhone"
These books are always a treat. I've come to love the repeat characters. This particular story was a bit long, but the complicated plot may have required that. The 1989 setting startles with its lack of technology we've come to expect.
"Is one of the good ones, not the great ones"
The book is divided in three different stories.
It is a compelling book with interesting characters, but it feels unfocused and rushed at the end.
Don't believe the hype that this is the darkest book, is just marketing.
Low your expectations and you will enjoy it better
Having lived in the 80s, it's nice to visit and see the simpler,
yet exciting life that Kinsey leads.
"I Must Be Missing Something........"
I found it pretty much a non-story. There were kind of three threads all at the same time - but the two main ones had non of the usual investigative detail this series usually has. All of the ideas were great - i just found them lacking.
Nothing particularly stands out.
Nope - but nothing to do with this book - I never go and see a film if I have read the book. I find that the films are always disappointing. I guess that when reading you form your own idea of how things look etc but then when you see the film things are nothing like you imagined. Details are always missed out or the focus is on another character as you are viewing someone elses vison of the book not your own.
Love most of the Sue Grafton Kinsey series - I just felt that this one was written to fill a contractual obligation rather than with heart. It certainly won't stop me reading her next book :-)
"Another Sue Grafton Cracker!"
I absolutely loved this. As an avid fan of Sue Grafton's alphabet series I was really looking forward to this and wasn't disappointed. Judy Kaye's narration was brilliant, the story gripping and I finished it in record time. My only disappointment is that's there's only another two to come before the series of books comes to an end.
"Another excellent story in the series"
I can never wait for the next book in the series. This did not disappoint
"Love her books"
Up to Sue Grafton's usual entertaining standard. Always a shame to get to the end of her books.
I've read or listened to all her books. The narration is really true to the character and the storyline and details make for a great book.
"There don't seem to be any black people in Grafton"
sadly the ABC stories are getting tired, formulaic and rather empty as they near the end. Generally black people don't play a prominent role in Sue grafton's books but I didn't notice any at all in this story.
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