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Rain Girl [Kindle Edition]

Gabi Kreslehner , Lee Chadeayne
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Book Description

Veteran homicide detective Franza Oberwieser prefers her job in the winter. Summer is for growing, not for dying. So when the body of a beautiful young woman is found on the autobahn, dressed in a glittering party dress and bathed in June rain, Franza is determined to give her justice.

Revealing victims’ hidden lives is part of the job, but as Franza and her partner, Felix, peel back the layers shrouding the girl’s disturbing past, darker mysteries emerge. Everyone has something to hide—even Franza, who must face her own secrets to reveal the truth.

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About the Author

Award-winning writer Gabi Kreslehner lives and works in her hometown of Ottensheim, Austria, located on the shores of the Danube. As a young girl, she became interested in writing and theater. Later she received a teaching degree. She now works as a teacher and is involved in student theater. Rain Girl is her English debut.

Lee Chadeayne is a former classical musician and college professor. He was one of the charter members of the American Literary Translators Association and is editor-in-chief of the ALTA Newsletter. His recent translations include Oliver Pötzsch’s The Poisoned Pilgrim: A Hangman’s Daughter Tale and The Wandering Harlot by Iny Lorentz.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3043 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (1 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent storyline with complex characters 1 Aug. 2014
By Student
Format:Kindle Edition
In the continual slew of new murder-mystery-style books it is easy for the latest one to be lost among them. Whilst this book isn't necessarily anything new, it is well written and engaging, and definitely enjoyable to fans of the genre.

It is nice to see a multi-dimensional female protagonist, and the book dedicates a lot of time to characters themselves and their own struggles. They become complex, flawed, and not always likeable. Ultimately this adds to the story and stops it from becoming another throw away crime story.

The style of writing is slightly odd in that it is made up of lots of very short chapters, and has a habit of flitting between parts of the story and between current events and flashback, which initially stalled the flow of the book. However, after a while you soon adapt and it stops being an issue - just don't let this put you off at first.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Novel Of Mystery 4 Aug. 2014
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A pretty dishevelled girl, barefoot and in a party dress, stumbles onto an autobahn adjacent to a rest area, is hit by a car and killed. The driver tells the attending detectives, Franz and Felix, it looked like suicide. Blood in the rest area suggested otherwise. The girl's identity, Marie, is eventually uncovered and kicks off a murder investigation involving complex characters who lead complex lives. Infidelity and deceit are rampant and pervade the often short and jumpy chapters. Some are in italics, cleverly feeding relevant explanatory background details to the reader. The detectives' attempt to unravel the threads of the mysteries behind the death, as further revelations unfold, some misleading and distracting from the crime.

Suspicion falls upon several individuals, none of whom is particularly likeable or developed in the narrative, apart from Marie. They shuffle in and out of the storyline that remains interesting, capturing the atmosphere of the locations, well-written by Gabi Kreslehner and translated by Lee Chadeayne. This is an easily readable mystery rather than a thriller. An engaging and enjoyable intricate whodunit, nonetheless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 30 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Rain Girl starts with a young girl in a sparkling dress staggering along the autobahn in the pouring rain, before being hit and her life ending. It does rely on the word rain quite a lot in the first few chapters…

It’s a book that shows you the scenes it is moving through very descriptively by senses, predominately smell, touch and taste. This was refreshing and made for a different tone of reading which I enjoyed as it effectively transported you into the scene.

I enjoyed the tone of the main protagonist as well, Female detective Franza Oberweiser. She was a direct woman and though she had quite a lot of life baggage, it didn’t feel emotional and this detachment along with the sensory input of the story itself worked well together.

It’s a quick and enjoyable read, though the tone of the book seemed to change at the end. It became a bit more frantic as we had chapters from the killer’s point of view (who was frantic) and for me this didn’t gel with the sensory descriptive and detached tone of the rest of the book.

I did like Oberweiser though so I would probably give her another read should this be a series detective.

With thanks to the author and publisher for my copy via Netgalley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Autobahn mayhem 24 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
What seemed like a standard fatality on the autobahn turns into a difficult murder investigation for detectives Franza Oberwieser and partner Felix Herz. The crime scene is not only awash with rain but they have no witnesses. Piecing together scraps of information they establish the young girls indentity, this is the start of a long search for the truth about their victim who has a very complex past. The author adds to the mystery intertwining with Franza's own complex life and her daily struggle to understand herself. To release more information as the book progresses Gabi Kreslehner replays incidents as they happen but careful not to give away to much. It is fair to say this a pretty standard murder/mystery which could have done with a little more excitement but not bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unimaginative writing 2 Aug. 2015
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In my opinion, the writing in this book is obvious, bland and lacks depth and imagination. Apart from the clothes the victim wore, there were no descriptions at all. Everything is stated, with nothing left to the imagination, and the characters, who I found I didn't care about one bit, were not developed at all. Obviously the book was originally written in German, so it may have lost something in translation, but I felt annoyed at the Americanized language. I'm sure that 'gotten' doesn't have a German translation for example, never mind the use of 'parking lot' and APB - terms only used in the American language. All in all an unsatisfying read which I wish I hadn't bothered with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and clever 29 Sept. 2014
By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
A young girl gets hit by a car driver who didn't see her until it was too late. Escaping from a serial killer, I assumed as I'd read it before on more than one occasion. Wrong! What unfolds is the tragedy of a young girl on the cusp of changing her life for the better. I really liked this book as it takes a long, hard look at a relatively mundane crime and adds layers. You get Marie's life (she's the victim) and history, the detectives' home lives, the impact of Marie's death and a great twist at the end. I liked the detectives as they seemed so normal and would like to read more when they are written. If there is a criticism I felt the tone was a little distant so that the reader was observing rather than feeling involved but it was a nice change of pace from some of my recent reads.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
The style of this author is certainly different. The characters are interesting, the plot engaging.
One of the better books I've read recently and well worth a look.
Published 19 days ago by Kaffmatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and intelligent, a noir thriller with a heartbeat
Dark and intelligent, a noir thriller with a heartbeat. I enjoyed this very much. A young woman is found dead on the side of a road and that is where everything starts to get... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great murder mystery only tainted by translation
This was very good murder mystery and it kept us guessing till very near the end as to who the killer was. Read more
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I like it good thriller
Published 3 months ago by Ms C M O'Donoghue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read with several twists and turns , I enjoyed it
Published 4 months ago by Shelagh Harnby
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
A good read quite simple and was easy to read. Wanted to get to the end but can't say that it was gripping it was enjoyable
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lost interest
This is the first book I've ever gave up on and I've read some not so great books. The story and characters were a bit dull and all over the place. Read more
Published 4 months ago by marnie lee
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
I struggled through this book hoping it would get better. It started reasonably but failed to deliver, it took me four days to read because putting it down was preferential to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tj
4.0 out of 5 stars iA German novel. f you like Nordic Noir this is for you
I enjoyed this. An exciting read
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