- Film & TV
- Gift shop
- Coming soon
- Hot this Month
Okay, I admit it. I bought the book because of the hype. The fragmented plotting undercuts tension in the early stages of the novel. The Wennerstrom story is important although boring. It certainly didn't bring Boomkvist to life. Lisbeth has little to recommend her as a character. The dysfunction of the guardianship system in Sweden is exposed though. Overall, poorly drawn characters. The mystery though was compelling. There wasn't any insight though in this novel. Really a shallow story that tries to explore perversion. I just can't believe that it has sold so many copies. There are much better novels out there!
Another nail biter by Brown. Brown's strengths are his knowledge of place, the depth of his research, and his manipulation of history to construct a plausible plot. Plot dominates and is adrenalin packed but I never engaged emotionally with any of the characters. Brown is weak on characterisation.
A novel needs more than a confronting story line to keep my interest. The writing needs to be artful. Something was lost in translation otherwise why did it sell so well in Sweden. The offbeat characters remained names on the page. Bloomkvist defintely unattractive so his appeal never made sense. Overall the chracterisation is external and provides no insight into any of the characters. If you're read the first novel, borrow this one - don't waste your money!
I really enjoyed this story. I loved the set up of characters and story. Cassie is such a great character. I wish I'd had a teacher like her. All the characters seemed so real; I loved some of them and was with Cassie in her dislike of others. Paul Selton is a great contemporary Aboriginal character - a great role model. I don't think other stories have ever portrayed the successful Aboriginal male before in such a very real and endearing way. This is the sort of book you love so much that you will want to reread it.