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am 13. März 1998
Just put the book down for the first time since opening it. The investigator, journalist Mike Deacon, is a lovable cad and will remain with me while most mystery protagonists slip away. Tolerate a slightly slow start and be rewarded with a growing cast of characters just this side of outrageous. Thrown together and shaken, they produce pathos and humor. I laughed outloud at the result predicted by Deacon's mentor, "Dear, Dear. A latent homosexual who performs acts of gross indecency living cheek by jowl with a disturbed adolescent who will probably have no compunction at all about leading him on in order to blackmail him. You certainly have an appetite for trouble, Michael." And, breathed a real sigh of relief when I learned the fate of Barry's mother. Actually what Michael does have in abundance is compassion which is lovely to behold as the tale unravels. I enjoyed the use of contemporary London slang. The atmosphere is a strange melange of British cozy and modern social injustice coupled with a liberal dose of human evil. My only quarrel is with too benign police behavior. Odd, because in another work by Minette Walters, The Ice House, as potrayed in the recent TV production (PBS's Mystery series) the cops' persecution of their suspect seemed outside legal bounds. What's up? An intricate plot. Individual kindness contrasted with a background of depravity. The book holds you, the reader, at a slight remove. You learn the results of these folks actions and understand their motives in just the right order.
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am 30. März 1998
Congratulations Ms. Walters on creating one of the most enjoyable characters that fiction has seen in a long time. The character of Terry was the star of The Echo. I found myself looking forward to scenes with him in them. I enjoyed the entire book just as much as Ms. Walters other works, however Terry made this mystery fun to read! This book is essential for all Walters fans!
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am 22. Juni 1997
This is the first time I have read a minette walter's novel. And I must say this mystery did'nt live up to my ecpectation. The deep mystery is set in england about a homeless man named billy blake who is found dead in the garage of the rich and mysterious amanda powell.He dies of starvation.The situation pircks the attention of micheal deacon. A reporter for a news paper. He investagates the billy blake and amanda powell. Two un related people who are bound toghether by a mysterious dissapearence of a man named james stretter who got away with 10 million pounds. Along the way deacon meets a 14 year old boy named terr. Billy's friend and the only character with any life like qualities.It is'nt so much of a mystery as a reflection of the society today. This book is filled with flash backs with layerd characters all with problems of there own. In conclusion minette walters gives us a mystery that never really gets of the ground and otherwise doodles around with the characters and there lives. The only thing I found stupid..not stupid confusing should be the word was that every hundred pages or so they kept going to this woman in cape town africa who is totaly unrelated to the story??
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am 26. März 2000
Unlike her other novels, I never found it very hard to put "The Echo" aside after some time of reading and so something other. Whereas the characters in, for example, "The Sculptress", "The Ice House" or "The Dark Room" are fascinating, especially in the way Minette Walters reveals them little by little, the protagonists of "The Echo" seem pale and flat. Never mind, Ms. Walters, I already look forward to read more from you.
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am 24. Juli 1998
Minette Walters has proven she can write page-turners (Ice House the best), but her track record is uneven. And perhaps it's because I'd been so disappointed with Scold's Bridle and Dark Room that I began this one with no expectations and therefore was pleasantly surprised. Not her usual formula. The main character, journalist Mike Deacon, is interesting and we get caught up with him and colorful characters he meets during his quest for the truth about a dead man's identity: Lawrence (did someone say Obi wan Kenobe?) and Terry. His family is also entertaining. Too, I was intrigued by the book's "architecture" - the interspersing of news clippings, book excerpts, personal letters and a diary (all written by Walters, of course). What was exasperating was having to figure out-by default-who the mysterious gal in South Africa was. Also, Anne Cattrell (that wonderful heroine in The Ice House) is mentioned albeit obliquely, which makes one think we'll meet her again here or ! that Deacon, as a fellow journalist, will at least share some thoughts about her and bring us up to date as he's reading one of her investigative pieces-something like, "He'd met her just once, and she was as impressive as her writing. No one understood why she'd holed up on an estate for years and years, and he was glad she was back at a prominent paper like the Times where she belonged." My anticipation, however, was as futile as Cattrell's inclusion. Yes, Walters can do better, but definitely give Echo a chance. At least take it out of the library, then decide if you want it permanently on your bookshelf.
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am 26. März 2003
Wieder ein Krimi, der anders ist, aber trotzdem ein Krimi bleibt. Wieder gibt es viel Psycho (keine Angst, ist ja nicht aus deutscher Hand) neben der kriminologischen Handlung, die allerdings ist irgendwo zwischen dünn und verwirrend - und hat den großen Nachteil, dass man sich am Ende des nichtsdestotrotz lesenswertes Werkes fragt: Was war das?
Im Gegensatz zu den anderen Werken, die ich kenne (Ice House, Scould's Bridle, The Dark Room), ist dieses unnötig lang. Die Handlung erstreckt sich auf rund 400 Seiten (engl. Fassung), könnte aber auch auf 200 gerafft werden, hätte sie den ein oder anderen das ein oder andere früher sagen lassen (ich will ja kein Spielverderber sein). Und während sonst das Schweigen der Figuren "dramatische" Gründe hat, gibt es diesmal hierfür keinen Grund - außer dem halt, dass sie die Rahmenhandlung der Geschichte (Was ist Glück und Geborgenheit? (Dazu stellt sie diesmal die bei ihr schon obligatorische Institution Familie/Ehe gegen soziale Eremiten (insb. Obdachlose).)) ausweiten wollte, was ihr auch weidlich gelang.
Es ist nicht spannend, aber die Protagonisten sind wieder mal hervorragend und trotz der Längen beweist auch dieses Buch, dass sie eines ganz besonders gut beherrscht: story-telling.
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am 5. Juni 1999
Walters does a good job in writing a criminal story about- how interesting- a journalist who takes the police' work on a murder and some other complications,but that's not a Thriller. I did not read the previous books by her but this book was interesting for me, until the last quarter of the story you don't know what keeps the different stories together but then it seems to be clear. I only read real thriller before and so that's a well-done crime story. All in all it is the other side of the stereotyped kind of a crime story: light style by letters and excerpts and the characters are nearls funny: a 14-year old kid whose always smokin' pot, a lone-livin' journalist with two ex-wives, a lawyer who gets support by the journalist, and a chief writer of a magazine with less life value as the employee. Usually the big boss of such a story is the police but here it is the journalist who knows more than a lawyer, a chief writer and a witness. It is an interesting bokk although all this extraordinary things.
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am 4. Mai 1998
I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of Patricia Cornwall's 'Kay Scarpetta' novels, but lately have found them slow to be released. In despiration I read The Hornets Nest, and soon wished I didn't!!! So I found myself in the bookshop asking when the next Kay Scarpetta novel would be due out, the sales assistant said it would be at least another 7 months!!! And told me of an author who writes in a similar vein as Patricia Cornwell - Minnette Walters - - Now after completing all of Minnette's novels to date - recently finishing The Echo - I dont think I could go back to Patricia Cornwell in a hurry!!! All of Minnette's novels have kept me reading well into the night, and I find the books are read within a weekend!! And her latest novel The Echo has continued this feeling. So many intricate twists and turns, developing every point so that the reader has a complete understanding of every possibility Journalist Micheal Deacon is faced with. Definately scoring a 10! I cannot wait to read her next book!!!!
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am 9. Januar 1999
Minette Walters is already a well established auther her plots are extremley well planned: she is always hinting of an an unknown part of the very involed plot. Some of her personalities echo through her other books, some say this reflects poor imagination, but i belive it interpits a specialist author. The Echo is just about my favourite of Minette's books because of the ending that is partley, just partley left to the imagination of the reader. One reason that Minette is my favourite auther is because of the amorous twist to her plots and the way she often uses three or four other parts to the plot like Micheal Deacon's murdeous past. The entire novel is built upon a religous theme reflecting around the characters like the hall of lying mirrors. Minette builds up the suspense amazingley and when you've finished reading your mind is still and icy still pondering over the facts and the puzzling epilogue.
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am 20. Januar 2000
So far, I have read three of Minette Walters's books "The Ice House", "The Echo" and the "Dark Room". I found " The Echo" lacking a little in the same page turning curiosity of "The Ice House" and "The Dark Room". Although it is a good book on its own I could note help feel it was a little disappointing when compared to her other books which, are very good and what I call "must reads". I find the fact that the central characters and core story lines are very similar i.e. the main character is a strong middle aged intellectual woman (I guess based on herself), the main male character(s) all with varying sexual, and or emotional/metal disorders (I hope not based men she actually knows) makes it much harder to keep you interested. I do not know if this is true for all her books. Although there are one or two ruff points in the plot, I think it is still well worth reading.
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