I love Elizabeth George's style of writing. This series is one of my favourites. The books are lengthy, with a lot of detail and plot twists, which makes for a meaty and satisfying reading experience - something I find lacking in many books. Sometimes she leaves some lines of the story unfinished or unaddressed, which is intriguing. This particular book is not for the faint of heart - it can be brutal, almost casually so, in the most surprising of ways, catching the reader unaware. But worth the read.
I liked the way the story lines tied together at the end, but at first, I was skeptical. I don't really like the Dan Brown method of totally unrelated story lines developing at the same time, finally tying together at the end. It just seems like forcing the reader to put up with a particular style of writing that the author has chosen to use, like she's toying with us. I find it mildly annoying.
Way too long! The story tends to drag on! It should have been edited and shortened! It's an OK story.
I like this author and this started out with a good story but I felt the "simulated story" got in way and I lost interest with the back and fourth story lines........
Loved it, loved it. Haven't been back to Elizabeth George for a while. Like putting on a comfortable pair of slippers, all the usual characters and two intriguing story lines.
I have read 4 inspector Lynley novels and this was my favorite! All the red herrings and crazy suspects kept me entertained; my only critique is that it could have been 75-100 pages shorter. Havers and Lynley worked separately most of this one and I liked observing them through their interactions with other characters, rather than each other.
My first Lynley and Havers book. I do want to read more of them now. Well plotted, though I did guess the main plot points early on. Lots of humour though, which made it enjoyable. However the motivations of one of the main characters (Gina) were never made clear and I found this quite unsatisfying for days after I finished reading it.
I wasn't going to read any more of her books after "What Came Before ..." simply because she was getting too philosophical. Her book "Careless in Red" was starting to get better, but did not convince me to read another. A friend told me this one (Body of Death) was a serious improvement and it is. However,I skipped all the parts of the book that simulated the James Bulger murder as this was just too difficult to read.
The beginning pages of this book left me confused: where is the author going; who are all these characters she is introducing? I gave up around page 40 and put the book down, most disappointed since I have enjoyed the previous Elizabeth George-Inspector Lynley books.
An interesting read. However, one plot twist revolves around a character not being able to read, but another revolves around the same character voluntarily writing a correctly spelled note over and over. A person who cannot read, certainly cannot write a grammatically and correctly spelled sentence. This anomaly spoiled the book for me.
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