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Human nature laid bare

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-11-2019

This is my favourite of all of Agatha Christie's books. Poignant, nuanced and almost cruelly honest in the way it explores the most dangerous word in the English language: Love. The past haunts the present and nothing is exactly what it seems.

Also, a sequel , although it can be read without the first book: The Caribbean Mystery.

Interminable

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-2019

This book, you will swear will never end, no matter how often you think it should or how much you wish it would. My bookclub setting it as this month’s book is the only reason I persisted although staying awake was a genuine struggle.

Also. An unnecessarily high number of women are raped or sexually &/or physically assaulted in the course of this book. In general, women do not have good lives in this book - with the exception of Margo, they are all traumatised in one way or another which is just depressing.

Romance? It's barely the subplot!

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-2019

Tall woman who is a social outcast because of height finds equally tall man who spends most of the book looking for adventure and getting into scrapes that girl can't know about but of course they're all for her and he fell in love at first sight.

Unbearable narration

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-2019

I wanted to enjoy this and tried very hard to at least keep listening but I couldn't. the voicing of the ”irritating companion” was unbearable.

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Hiding treasure is a dangerous game

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-2019

This has always been a favourite of mine.

Alexander Kinloch might be a painter who lives in the isolated and wild Scottish Highlands but he’s also a dedicated and loyal son who's bravery, intelligence and nerve are tested to the limit when he finds himself pitted against violent and deadly embezzlers who've stolen his step-father’s company fortune and facing down the formidable Zoe Lang who’s determined to wrest a treasured family heirloom and hand it to the nation.

Despite not being a painter himself, Dick Francis’ books on creating art have an authenticity that's both deep and raw.

I wish the quality of the audio was 100% but having listened to this version as a child in its original cassette format I don't want anyone but Tony Britton as my narrator.

Underwhelmed

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-2019

I grew up reading Mary Stewart at the recommendation of my Great Aunt and have always been fond of it but this one I just couldn't believe in. I liked the premise of the physic connection but it felt very ham-fisted in places and I just didn't like the characters.

Dark & Twisted

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-2018

It’s not a nice story but it is exceptionally well written. Trigger warnings for rape, domestic violence, child abuse, addiction, and suicide should be heeded, as they are central to the plot. It’s a brutal setup with characters that are roughened and compressed - creating a diamond - a story with edges that slice through you to the core values and fears deep inside you. I wasn’t sure at first if I’d stick it out - I didn’t love the surly, outcast detective but once I was drawn in it held me enthralled and on the edge of my seat till the last words.

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A menagerie of dislikable characters

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-2018

Then uniting theme of the book seems to be to whine: first about the detective’s own unsatisfactory life then it finds more shallow and unlikeable characters for her to whine about.