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Sergiu Pobereznic (author)

Melbourne
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brilliant.!!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-2016

loved it from start to finish. can't say any more than that. buy it and see

absolutely fantastic in every respect :)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-2016

loved the atmosphere the story the characterisation. hard to fault any of this little gem that I recall from childhood. brilliant.

A good read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-2015

This is the third novel that I have read by this author. He is very good at his craft if this is the genre you enjoy. Quite hard to stop turning the pages once you get going. It doesn't grab immediately, but it gets there pretty soon after.
The characters are believable, and the antagonist (paedophile) is really very creepy with tremendous descriptive writing, great plotting and lots of suspense.
I love that he used Edgar Allen Poe within the story line. A great touch that is very fitting.
My only qualm is that the motivation of The Poet is not completely clear and the opening could have grabbed the reader sooner. Hence my 4 star rating.
But I do think it is a great read.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)

Good work

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-2015

This is my first foray into this author's work and I am happy I took the leap.
The writing is seamless and skilful with only a handful of typos. The characters are well defined and the story darkly interesting. Part of the action takes place in Romania. I am originally from there and I thought the author did a good job when it came to all things Romanian.
The story may seem unrealistic, but this is a supernatural tale with lots of twists and turns. It's really quite creepy and it keeps you on your toes.
I did find a couple of problems with the novel, but I won't voice them because it might affect and influence negatively with the overall readability of his work, (which is great).
Good work Mr. Edwards.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)

Won't dissapoint

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-2015

I have heard the name Val McDermid for many years now and I just took the leap for the first time. I am glad that I did.
For the crime and psychological thriller genre, this is good writing.
Terse and fast paced as expected. The characters are well drawn, and the story easy to follow about someone's thrill for tormenting others as the title suggests.
The way it is told, it feels as though you are part of the solving process rather than watching someone do the solving. That was most interesting for me.
At times it was quite perverse and chilling, which is to be expected, but I felt that some sections didn't take the full opportunity to create suspense. Hence the 4 stars.
But this was an otherwise good novel that won't disappoint.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)

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3 Days well spent. Loved it.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-2015

Don't read the reviews because they may contain spoilers.
Given that more than 50% of the 1500 Amazon reviews are 5 stars, I am inclined to agree with the masses (for once).
I started by trying the free kindle sample and immediately I knew. This is a great novel and a wonderful example of brilliant storytelling, an intelligent story to boot, with realistically drawn characters. It is funny, witty, poignant, surprising, philosophical, insightful etc etc etc...
I could go on and give examples of metaphors and insights that I gained from this work, but I suggest you just read it.
The surprise about a third of the way through was something that I didn't expect.
A big BRAVO!!! to the author.
Well done and thank you.
That was three days well spent.
Sergiu Pobereznic (Amazon author)

Decent aeroplane read

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-2015

This is the first book in the Harry Hole series.
Harry, a Norwegian detective, has to travel to Sydney, Australia to find the killer of Inger, a Norwegian citizen who was killed there and found dumped in a park. She has had some children's television fame in the past, hence the need for Norway to send Harry to look for her murderer.
This is a typical crime solving novel. Straight up, fast paced, terse writing, but a little stock-standard.
Because these days I live in Australia, I was interested to see how Mr Nesbo uses Australia in context.
He delved quite heavily into the aboriginal culture. For me, these sections dragged on after a while. Perhaps this may have been "just me" because I am informed on the subject, but it felt that way.
Also: although the translation was good, there was Australian based content that seemed to lack true, profound knowledge. Small details about the aboriginal people, their language, the Sydney landmarks and what locals call them, were wrong and they jumped out at me from time to time. It seemed as though he were glossing over certain sections, trying to fake his way through.
What I did enjoy the most was the character development of Harry Hole, who is quite flawed, which made me look forward to reading the next book in the series.
This is definitely not Nesbo's most stellar work, but it's not disappointing either. A decent airplane read.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)

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Recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-2015

A 25 year old woman that has been kidnapped and held in a remote cabin, returns home, but calls herself by another name now and recalls none of her time in captivity.
A good premise? I thought so. But the writing makes it even better.
Overall this is a really good, gripping read with gradual unravelling of the plot and twists. It is confident in delivery and uses past to present shifts and multiple narratives to great effect. The narratives are extremely distinctive so that there is no way of getting confused which timeline you are in. Bravo there.
The information from past and present is given in a steady flow and the reader has to piece the information together like a jig saw puzzle. You know she was kidnapped; you know she came out OK; but what happened in between?
Although it is being sold as a psychological thriller with lots of suspense and mystery it is also a romance, too. This is not a bad thing. I enjoyed that aspect of the story. It is accomplished work for this kind of genre that I don't read often.
The reveal at the end didn't surprise me, but the reading experience wasn't ruined.
There were a few niggles with the detective work, but I liked the detective as a character, so I will let it go because it was well crafted in so many other ways.
The style of writing made me fell almost like a voyeur at times.
Much much much better than Gone Girl to my mind (the book that most novels are compared to these days, and I have no idea why).
Recommended.
Sergiu Pobereznic (Amazon author)

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Very interesting (good writing)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-2015

I feel as though I have been in the driving seat of a woman's mind during the early 1930s of pre-Nazi Germany. Not just any kind of woman, though. The protagonist, Doris, with a lack of education, is a material girl who hopes to achieve a higher status in society by garnering the attentions of successful men and sleeping her way to the top. Three of them in fact, with varying degrees of success and conclusions. It is both funny and sad.
Because it is a social critique, this novel's publication was banned by the Nazis. Mostly because of its honesty and openness regarding the subject of the book; The novel is a rich portrait of a working girl sleeping her way to the top and failing. It is relevant even today. The narrative reveals her inner thoughts and attitude towards men. A frightening prospect for the men in that era.
The protagonist's thought process is flighty – jumping from idea to idea – and until you become accustomed to that pattern you may struggle to get into the flow of the story.
The writing is really quite modern, even today. The way it has been constructed and written makes it timeless. I feel that we are fortunate that a version somehow still exists today. The story of how the book has survived the Nazi period is a tale in itself.
The novel has three distinct sections that are quite symbolic and takes place mostly in Berlin, in the first person.
Section 1 takes place at the tail end of summer.
Section 2 takes place during late autumn.
Section 3 journeys from winter into spring; finishing with hope, or so I like to think.
Hope is a good way to finish such a tale.
Sergiu Pobereznic (Amazon author)

Loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-2015

I will start by saying that I am now a fan of Sedaris after finishing a second book by the author.
This book is a cynical, dark, sarcastic, satirical collection of stories about the family oriented holiday season from the dysfunctional perspective of David Sedaris.

One story is about Mr. Sedaris applying for a job at Macy's store, New York to work as an elf during the Christmas season. Having experienced Macy's store during this period and reading about the author's time there working as an elf, made the reading doubly funny.
Another of the stories I laughed at just by reading the title: Dinah, the Christmas Whore.
Some of the tales are quite violent, but, somehow still weirdly comical.
I will definitely be reading more of his work.
Sergiu Pobereznic (Amazon author)

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