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The author paints pictures with words. He didn’t describe the endless monotony of the pill-bottling lab where John worked: I was there, this was my reality. Julie was the wife John loved: the wife for whose sake he turned down what he believed to be a fishing weekend with Arthur; Julie would have dinner on the table. Julie had done nothing all day but read magazines and eat candy. That was the moment for frustrated anger to become murder, surely? No, but Arthur is dead in circumstances the police dismiss as suicide.
Mr Sandler’s characters don’t jump off the page, they draw in the reader, each, however minor, intensely vivid and always cleverly different. “The illness of his skin.” His broken nose – “the gristle tip of a chicken’s fleshless breast”.
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It was a long time ago when I received an e-mail with a book and herby I apologize for taking me so long to read it and review it.
Bad Memories starts a bit slow with a peculiar vibe. John Miller is a doctor who worked at the asylum and is married to a terrible woman. I was sure she is one of the bodies that are mentioned in the prologue. Is it or is not you’ll find out if you read this book. No spoilers.
John “runs” for a fishing trip with his old friend Albert but before he can relax a bit he founds Albert dead. Strange people are showing and apparently they are all connected to each other. Talking about mystery. Slowly things become clearer and you cannot put down the book and of course there is a twist and the killer is someone else and not your pick. There was a time when I asked myself is John Miller crazy, is this all just part of his imagination? That tells you how good this book is.
I really like reading a good mystery and Douglas Sandler did something I could not believe it will be possible. I can compare him with queen Agatha Christie. He gives you the same feeling and leaves you wanting for more just like Christie did with her books.
This is clearly a 5 star book but, (of course there is a but) I need to complain about the editor. Mistype is not an author’s fault, or order of the words. That is something lector and editor should o before publishing.
If you like mystery and thriller you will definitely love this book. I’m so happy I had an opportunity to read this book and once again I apologize to Douglas for taking me this long.
John Miller is a man escaping from his past. Former doctor working at an asylum, three patients there died there because of him. Now he is working in a pill factory, but misses his years of practice. He receives one day a call from his friend Albert to go on a fishing trip, but when Miller goes to meet him, he finds Albert dead. Miller will have to find out what happened to his friend, but his past is chasing him and some will find him capable of killing again.
This mystery book reminded me a bit of Cluedo. Several people in a house, everyone suspecting from the rest and then the deaths start to happen. Miller's personality is a complex one, and more than once I found myself wondering if he was completely sane. It is not clear when the story is set, since there are no time references, but the way women behave and are treated may indicate 50s or 60s. Either that or Sandler is a <span data-dobid="hdw">misogynist</span>. There are a couple of disturbing sentences in the book, like: "Her voice was deeper and more authoritative than any woman's had the right to be". There are three female characters in the book, but they are either mean or passive, and the main female character is clearly the typical damsel in distress.
The story is well built and I did not see the murderer coming. I had changing suspicions all along but I never suspected from who the murderer really was. Sandler knew how to build the intrigue and the psychological mystery, to make us suspect even from Miller.
The narration is what ruined the book for me. Graham King does not really make an effort at clearly articulating words and sentences, which makes the listener to be paying extra attention. All the voices plus narration sounded the same, except for two old characters. The difference was clear on these two but not on all the others and I wonder why. There was no difference in voices for female characters, which made the book very confusing and had me zoning out all the time. It was terribly difficult to pay attention to the dialogs and story, and at points I did not care any more. There were also a lot of editing issues, mainly repeated takes. I usually specify where in the book it happens, but in this occasion I found this issue fourteen times in total (in a less than five hours book), and one of those times there were three takes together. I may pass it once, but not this amount of times. Didn't King listened to his edited audio after working on it? The first time this happens is on the tittle, which is very noticeable and inadmissible.
I think this book is very good, and I say I think because the issues with the narration have prevented me from enjoying it at all. I don't think an audiobook with these issues should be published, and I encourage Sandler to review it and get a new audio release.