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Telling Tales (Vera Stanhope Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Ann Cleeves weaves a skilful plot around the murder of a teenage girl and the subsequent suicide of the person charged with her murder. I was immediately drawn in; the story pulls the reader in a number of different directions. Clearly there are people deeply affected by tragic events, but who's got what to hide and why? A diverse collection of characters gave real depth to the plot and kept me guessing right the way through. There's a strong sense of location with sufficient description to place events in a real time and place setting, thereby adding to the sense of this. Being a true life investigation. It's a really well crafted story with sufficient pace to keep the reader engaged from start to finish. I particularly enjoyed the psychological probing. Flawed characters just on the 'normal' boundary make fascinating subjects. I found Vera intelligent, likeable and often amusing. She's colourful without being intrusive and her conflicts, both personal and professional made her very believable.
The pace of the thriller really picks up in the latter third of the book as the strands come together and a real sense of urgency builds in the closing pages. Loved it! Have another couple featuring Vera and looking forward to those. Reading this as a standalone worked well. Happy to recommend.
Looking for an impartial person to lead an investigation to look into the first one, so Vera and Joe are called in from a neighbouring police force, but will they find anything that was missed the first time around? Ann Cleeves builds up a community where the main characters come to life, and we are taken back to the fateful murder, and how things have altered in the previous ten years.
Of course, as you would expect with something being reopened after such a period of time, so old antipathies are brought once again to the surface, and the realisation that if the police did convict the wrong person, that a murderer still walks around the area. With growing suspicions and paranoia there are Vera and Joe, digging up people’s secrets and thus perhaps adding to the rumour mill.
It is always sort of comical to see Vera appear for the first time in a new community, with her making herself at home in other people’s houses, drinking their tea or coffee (and whisky) whilst stuffing her face with their chocolate biscuits, and asking awkward questions.
This book works so well because of the fully realised characters, and the secrets that surround some of them, which does give rise to a strong mystery element.Read more ›
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First read of the series which I really enjoyed. Found it very engaging and will look for more. Very interesting descriptions of the locality too.Published 1 day ago by G. Strack
Started reading this one yesterday. Brilliantly written and the story had me guessing until the very end. I'll definitely be reading the rest of the books in the series.Published 11 days ago by J.Mo
The story twists and turns and you get led up a few garden paths before you finally get the ending and it is not what is expected. A really good read.Published 12 days ago by mrm lewis
I enjoyed this as I do all Ann Cleeves stories. Recommend it as a good holiday read.Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
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