„Loosing Leah“ starts very slowly and not very unusual. A couple stops at a rest stop on their way to their holiday home in Wales. The woman, Leah, goes to the bathroom. But she does not return. Her husband is completely dissolved and calls the police. Leah just disappeared. The whole story becomes more mysterious with every page and inconsistencies arise.
The book is a slow burner. The writing style is calm and unspectacular. At first I really had to concentrate to focus on the story. But gradually the whole thing became more interesting. The many little things that did not fit together and the mystery of Leah’s disappearance made me curious. I soon had an idea how it could have been. I was right with my assumption. However, the book ends a bit abruptly.
„Loosing Leah“ is a slowly increasing subtle drama. Leah remains an enigmatic figure all the time, and one can understand why the investigating officer Mel Delany gets so into it. I especially liked the gloomy atmosphere and how slowly more and more abysses are opening up. I can understand when some readers classify the book as too lengthy. It took me a while to get into it. But then I would have liked to read it in one sitting. I found the private problems of Mel Delany a bit unneseccessary. The character drawing is a bit superficial on all characters and maybe this storyline should give Mel some depth. I could have done without it. But the story about the disappearance of Leah and the police work around it convinced me. I really enjoyed this book.
The French Girl is a slow burner. Be aware of that when you start reading it. Sometimes it is almost a bit dragging. The things concerning Kate’s job are somehow irrelevant to the story. But at the same time they fill out the lives of the characters and make them so lifelike. Something in the book caught my attention the whole time. The dynamics within the circle of friends is interesting. I also liked that the story was told only from one point of view, Kate’s. The story would be perfect for two narrative levels, today and the past. But the author does without it and there are no direct flashbacks but only Kate’s memories. I thought that was pleasant, because the narration on second time levels is a bit overused lately.
The story is told quickly. 6 friends spent a holiday in France 10 years ago. The enigmatic neighbor, Serverine, disappeared at the same time as they left. Now her body has appeared on the property and a French policeman is traveling to London to interrogate the friends again. Kate’s life gets completely out of balance. The relationship between friends also changes.
Despite some lengths, I found the book very entertaining. The characters are very lifelike and all the details make them very real. I felt well entertained. I can understand when other readers find the book boring. But for me it had something that kept my interest alive. The end is a bit unusual and maybe a bit unsatisfactory. Meanwhile, one expects almost naturally a spectacular twist or a showdown. But the author also refrains from this and I also found that to be pleasantly different. The French Girl does not differ at first glance from other books, but in such trifles it shows that it is different, something special.
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Magpie murders is a cleverly constructed thriller and a book within a book.
Susan is editor in a small publishing house. Actually, they only have one selling author. Alan Conway is the author of the popular crime series around the investigator Atticus Pünd. Susan holds the ninth volume in her hands and stars to read. And so do we. It is a classic and somewhat old-fashioned whodunit. So we read this story with Susan for half of the book. But the end is missing. Susan is surprised and even more so when she learns that Alan Conway committed suicide. We are now in the second story of this book where Susan is looking for the missing chapters and is soon even a murder on the track.
I must confess that I did not like the first part, that is the manuscript. I found the story a bit sluggish and not very exciting. I would not be a fan of Atticus Pünd. Only in hindsight the story becomes more important and becomes very interesting and enlightening due to the further events in the book. I was rewarded with an unusual story. The tension remains a bit sparing but the whole thing is so interesting that I liked to read the book quickly. I especially like the writing style of the author. I already noticed his styke in another book. I also find his unusual ideas for plots very refreshing.
From me there is a clear reading recommendation for anyone who does not necessarily need breathless tension and classic whodunit likes. There are also interesting insights into the publishing industry