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The Preacher (Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 2)
The Preacher (Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 2)
by Camilla Lackberg
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.70

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe this needs retranslating?, 3 May 2012
I'm afraid I gave up with this book after just over 40 pages.

- Already there is an overly convenient plot twist (the police database is down - as if!)

- I have got no idea what the real plot is supposed to be yet.

-The translation is TERRIBLE - unless it's the original writing that's terrible. Here is a sample sentence that sound like it's been put straight through Google Translate:
'he loathed with all his heart everything that had to do with emotions and not logic'. SURELY there was a better way of putting this - I'm not sure, I don't speak Swedish but it just sounds like a word-for-word translation.

-It look like this is yet another book that will use the tortured/tangled life of a detective in place of a real plot.

Good to see from other reviews that there might be some better Scandi fiction to try!

Thirty-Three Teeth
Thirty-Three Teeth
by Colin Cotterill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Tropical Mystery, 9 April 2012
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This review is from: Thirty-Three Teeth (Paperback)
This is a mystery set in 1970s Laos - not a setting you would expect! I really enjoyed reading about the history and surroundings of this part of Asia and the small details of the everyday life of the people who lived there. You get a really good idea of the harshness of life under Communist rule, but at the same time can enjoy the humour and day to day troubles of the people who lived there. There is also a supernatural element to this book, which took me by surprise, but I was happy to go along with it.

Really different and refreshing, a nice cosy entertaining mystery. I would happily buy another Siri Murder Mystery.

Me Before You
Me Before You
Price: £4.99

64 of 106 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype, 9 April 2012
This review is from: Me Before You (Kindle Edition)
I read the rave reviews on Amazon and decided to buy this book. I'm soooo disappointed. The characters felt so lifeless and seemed to be written about in a very patronising way - I just couldn't believe in them. Plus I was quite cross about the attitudes displayed towards disabled people - not by the characters, but by the writer, because disabled people aren't really given a voice in this book - they stay shut away and are only experienced through other characters.

Looking more closely at the unbelievable number of 5 star reviews this book has generated, I'm guessing that it also has a very slick marketing campaign at work behind it...
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