am 16. März 2013
There are a lot of books about crime out there, and a lot of them tend to be very similar. As I usually just look for a good read to keep me busy for a few nights and then forget all about it, that doesn't usually bother me - but it's still a great surprise when for a change you read a crime book that's different.
After reading the first chapter of Unauthorized Access, you know who the bad guy is and what he plans. At this point I started being hooked.
Then the story develops differently than planned and expected, mostly due to questionable decisions taken by some of the characters. And this is the part I like - while reading the book you know quite often that the characters take the wrong decisions - but at the same time, you don't know if you wouldn't behave in the same way, and the writing makes you understand why the characters in the book behave the way they do. Even the bad guys are described in a way which makes you somehow understand the thinking behind their behaviour. It's nice to not always have a completely clear cut between good and bad.
While saying this, in the last third of the book, some of the actions become more unrealistic - or it might just stand out more than in other books, as at the beginning everything somehow seems very realistic. (I don't want to be more prescise as I hate it when people give even small spoilers). While this wasn't a big negative, I got a little bit annoyed sometimes - not enough though to not give the book 5 stars.
The book is currently desribed as 'A Crime Thriller with Romantic Suspense'. While this might actually be partly the reason why I downloaded it (easily fooled by marketing talk), I would ignore the 'romantic suspense' in the description. Yes, there's some kind of love story, but not more intense or surprising than in most other books. The romantic suspense part makes it sound as if it's written for women, I can't see any reason why men won't enjoy this book as much as I did.
When I downloaded this book it was on offer for free - now it's being sold for just over 3 Euros, and I think it's definitely worth that money.
am 16. Mai 2013
Die Geschichte ist bekannt, eine typische Liebe, Eifersucht, Geld ... Story, angesiedelt im IT Bereich einer Bank. Leider bleiben die Charaktere eher farblos und platt, die Motive für das Verhalten der Hauptpersonen kann man nur erahnen. Nach dem ersten Viertel wollte ich das Buch schon zur Seite legen, allerdings hat der Autor zumindest ein, zwei interessante Ideen die einen weiter lesen lassen. Das Buch ist in recht einfachem Englisch gehalten, zum zwischendurch lesen ganz okay. Das Buch ist/war kostenlos für den Kindle, daher habe ich zugegriffen, ansonsten eher nicht ...