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So disappointed! I just never got interested in the characters, couldn’t keep them straight, and was forcing myself to continue reading. Can only give it 1 star.
Enjoyed the characters in the book. Did find it a little hard to believe the final conversation between Deborah and Alatea... Alatea had met the reporter and Deborah knew this.... disappointing
Emotionally complex and satisfying.
As always, Elizabeth George manages to introduce characters so individually real that one almost expects to run into them unexpectedly and to know them as if long time acquaintances. The continuing background drama of Tommy, Barbara, Deborah, and St. James provides a familiarity that makes it hard to wait for the next book to unfold. Each challenge awaiting these four seems so uniquely different that it is hard to imagine what she will think of next. Yet the situations are believable -- but never predictable. Another winner and one that is highly recommended.
A good read but not up to Ms. George's usual standards. Turned into a soap opera - so disappointed.
Despite the opinions of some reviewers, there is character development, especially Lynley's struggles to accept Helen's death. His knowing what she would say to him in certain situations, and letting us hear her, is a welcome reminder of her character. He is beginning to live again, keeping her with him, but making choices and finding his own way. Havers is doing likewise, and their bond grows stronger . The subjects that are dealt with are realities in life, and though distasteful to some, two are ways some people are genuinely different from the "mainstream," but still good people, while the third is a harsh and despicable industry.
Kept waiting for the threads of the mystery to tied together. They didn't, very disconnected as if themes were just thrown out there on a bad day. Seems to me the fun and intrigue left with Helen.
I love Elizabeth George's books. But this was not her best work.
Good read would like more Havers next book,she s a great character.
A complex and interwoven delight, this book does not disappoint. Well thought out characters and plot lines keep the book moving along and interest piqued. I have enjoyed all of her books, and mourned the loss of Helen as much as anyone. However, the devastation which resulted from Helen's loss is not something Lynley could have recovered from quickly or easily. Her books have reflected this honestly, as anyone who has suffered a loss would know. This made the glimpse of life and vitality recovering, at the end of the book, even more poignant.
Another great read by Elizabeth George. I never tire of Lynley & Havers. Looking forward to the next installment.
I agree wholly with the first reviewer. I can't add anything will only add that I, too am a huge fan and will wait hopefully for yet another Linley book that hearkens back to "nobler" times.
Elizabeth George has written another interesting page turner. However, I can't help but remember back to the earlier Inspector Lynley books - the wonderful character development of this thoughtful and kind man, the developing love relationship between Lynley and Helen, and his appreciative and accepting team-up with Barbara Havers. In this new book George seems to have felt that she needed to include all kinds of sexual arrangements and dialogue to interest the reader. She included everything from nymphomania and marital affairs to homosexuality, identity gender disorder and child pornography. I missed the educated, high classed, well-bred inspector who preferred solving crimes to an indolent life of luxury. There is an ample amount of human motivation and behavior to make a good story without having to haul out so much of the seamier side of life! Actually this book was less about Inspector Lynley and more about a number of disturbed and not very admirable characters!