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Haven't yet finished this book but hoping the story will override the awful narration.
The intonation and emphasis are very strange. A flash back or forward is read in exactly the same tone which makes following or even paying attention hard work.
This is a very disappointing book. I only listened to the whole thing as I had paid for it but it didn't get better and I won't be investing in any other Camilla Lackberg novels. The writing quality is not good. It's rubbishy and reads like a chick-lit 'crime novel' written by a teenager. Most of it is about babies rather than being a crime novel and the characters are more than wooden - they come across as smug and unreal (not to mention annoying). The narrator is a terrible match too - he has a tone of jollyness all the way through which is not a good fit. All in all, I wish I hadn't forked out anything for this book, it didn't deserve it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The Stonecutter's beginning suggested a gripping mystery. The set up of plot and MAIN characters assured me of a good "whodunnit." Then one unlikeable and unnessessary character after another was added. The storyline veered from a mystery to how many despicable acts can people commit. I really felt disgusting after finishing this book.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Although the story was interesting and intriguing, the narration did not do anything to evoke a sense of a small Swedish town. It ruined my enjoyment of the book to the extent that I skipped large portions, something I've never done before. Eamonn Riley sounded as though he would be more at home reading children's stories rather than adult mystery
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This really is a collection of parts as it travells backwards and forwards through time, moves continents and my slips in and out of ability to suspend belief. Parts are excellent, with spot-on characterisation and descriptions and yet others parts had me saying out loud "people do not say that "or no-one behaves like that".
The part consistently flawed through the novel is the narrartion. The intonation and overstressing of certain words reminded me of when I was four and my primary school teacher's afternoon reading. I don't want to hear the narrator's emotional respose, or be told which word in a sentence to pay particular attention to, I want the words to speak for themselves. If the narration had been better then probably the story would have been less a construction of parts and more a seamless enjoyable event.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful