Like being sucked head first into a deadly whirlwind or something. You keep hoping the characters are going to get out, get away, hoping beyond hope until.... I won't give the story away. Fabulous book, more like one of Aesop's fables than anything else I've read in a long while. Another of Darren's picks. I'm lucky to have a bloke with good taste in books!
I bought this blindly because I love King's books and then discovered that the UK publishers weren't printing it here because the story has a lot to do with Vietnam and they thought that a UK audience wouldn't be interested. This kind of put me off reading it myself.
I'm very glad I have eventually got around to reading it because it's an excellent story about a man who is totally damaged by his experiences in Vietnam but most of the story is about his later life in which he rescues abused women and children and the plot zooms in on his very last rescue. I'm glad to say that even the parts of the book set in Vietnam are captivating. A great read.
Purchased on 24th August 2004.
Enjoyable stuff as always from Rebecca Tope. Commendable because it's in many ways got a typical 'cosy' mystery setup (newly widowed housesitter stumbles into murder investigation in pretty village) but managed to never make me scream 'no, don't go down the dark staircase to the cellar alone without a torch!' even though the central character did some things that were almost as bad as going down that rickety staircase a few times.
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I've read the book, but not yet written anything down about it. Check back later (maybe!).
Purchased on 3rd March 2001.