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exquisite

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Reviewed: 10-10-2020

Ann Patchett has such a knack of knowing how humans tick. it means that every character is fleshed out and real, every perspective is equally vivid. The Dutch House reminded me in some ways of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch; the characters revolve around an inanimate object that is as much a part of the emotional journey as the people in it, and the narrator is a boy cast adrift from his mother and forever looking for a compass point. But while the Goldfinch is dark and fatalistic, Patchett brings a dappled optimism into even the gloomiest corners of Danny & Maeve's story. I hated saying goodbye to Maeve especially. What a sublime book.

Favel, děkuji x

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Reviewed: 04-10-2020

Poetic, quiet & powerful, this beautiful story and the people I met within it travelled bone deep to live inside of me, where they are nestled and safe. Favel, děkuji. From an Australian via New Zealand via Czechoslovakia x

lovely story, distracting narration

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-2020

I know the author is Australian but why an Australian narrator? She is great at the actual narrating but the hodge-podge of ever changing half-accents was distracting. She valiantly soldiered on but it just sounded like 'australenglish' caricature and it drowned out the voices of the characters.

the narrator is everything

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-2019

While the narrator for Julie was wonderful, the cop character's narration was not fabulous, and quite distracting.

glorious!

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Reviewed: 23-10-2019

JM at her best. I'm bereft after finishing it. I miss all my new Kentucky librarian friends.

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Truly Great Australian Literature

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Reviewed: 11-08-2019

What an incredible writer. The Dry manages to be both high quality literature and page turning crime fiction, when so often it leans towards one more than the other. Amazing work, Ms Harper, I look forward to your other books!

Good book, wrong narrator

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-07-2019

the story was great, but the mismatched narration was distracting. Her voice sounded frail and elderly, which was odd when narrating in the first person for a 30yo lead character. The voices she gave to the supporting characters were inappropriate and not unbelievable at all. I think i would've enjoyed the book if I'd read it instead.

wow

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Reviewed: 06-04-2019

the perfect character driven crime novel. sublime. KS has a new fan in me. Why did it take me so long to discover her? She joins Tana French, Ellie Griffiths, Stuart McBride and Kate Atkinson as my favourite crime writers. I only wish The Good Daughter wasn't a stand alone, as I would love to read more about Charlie, Sam and Ben.

unintentionally hilarious

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-2019

the BDSM community will surely be laughing their collared heads off at this hilariously bad depiction of their community. It was fun nonetheless

brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 02-09-2018

Jewell's metamorphosis into crime writer is utter perfection. A little reminiscent of A Casual Vacancy.

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