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Ho hum! The use of formula in narrative structure didn't work for me.
This was a good story full of adventure in a world where good battles evil. I always like stories where the underdog sticks it to the bullies of this world. The characters were interesting and believable. The plot wasn't predictable so I always wanted to keep turning the page.
I loved this series. Although some of the characters are vampires, I didn't think it was about Bella and her death wish - my mum's view. I thought this was about the deeper bonds of love where souls connect (Yes I know the mythology says vampires don't have souls). I've studied Wuthering Heights at school and I thought this was that same deep connection as for Catherine and Heathcliff. The plots were great.
I bought this because everyone I knew was reading it. The beginning was slow and technical. I seriously didn't care about the Wennerstrom case. So I jumped it to where Lisbeth comes into the story. The plot was intriguing, but I didn't particularly like the characters. Some of the scenes were really confronting. Although I liked that Lisbeth stood up to institutional bullies, I never warmed to Lisbeth. The novel is also an expose of sorts about the sordid aspects of life and exploitation. I think this is one of those buzz novels that won't be around in five years.
Brown mantains his skill in story telling in this novel. A hard punching narrative that I stayed up into the small hours of the morning to read. The plot seems to take precedents over characterisation. The only problem I have with Brown as a story teller is that I never really care about the central characters in any of his novels. Read last night and forgotten by next week.
The cover of this novel intrigued me from the start. I liked that the story was set on coastal NSW. The township and the school seemed very real. I felt close to Cassie - I liked her spunk because she stood up to bullies. So cool to learn about how teachers behave behind the closed doors of their staffrooms. That explained the laughter I heard over the years when I'd go there. The plot really pulled me into story - two mysteries to solve along with a love story with a twist. Seriously, a terrific novel.
Truly an epic story. I read the series a few years ago, sold them to a second hand book store, and then regretted the decision to do so. I rebought this novel a few weeks ago and will collect the series again. It is a keeper. This is a story that you'll enjoy and remember for years. Worth much more than the price of the book.
I bought the series because it was what my friends were reading. I enjoyed the complexity of the characters and the twists in plot. The themes in the story are disturbing at times. I don't think my friends are giving much thought to them. The clues to where the narrative was going were subtly embedded in the narrative. Worth the money for the adrenalin punch in narrative. Unlike the other reviewers I think the fad with this genre will burn out soon.
The story is a lot better than the title. Patterson knows how to set the scene and manipulate tension to keep you reading to the last page. The women are a man's version of them and don't ring true. Patterson doesn't capture the complexity of people but rather distils them so they work for his plot lines. This novel is a good read but not a great story.