onsdag den 6. april 2011

Neil Cross, Captured (2010)


- mini review -

This thriller is a British standalone.

After a MRI scan, Kenny receives his death sentence. One month left. Kenny reacts by writing a short list of people he feels he has let down because now is his last chance to make it up to them. One of the people on the list is Callie Barton, a school friend who was very kind to Kenny.

This was a quick and exciting read. Like C.J. Box, Three Weeks to Say Goodbye, it deals with what happens when everything in your life is turned upside-down. What are you ready to do, and is it possible to go back and change certain events? Intriguing questions and an unusual crime story, but what did I think about the main character? Not quite as appealing as the drama that surrounds him.

This was an ARC from Maxine of Petrona.

10 kommentarer:

Joanne sagde ...

His writing is spare; even a little lyrical, all of which I enjoyed. The story is great, but I didn’t like those violent scenes. What saved it for me though, besides the writing style, was the sympathy I developed for all the characters. Worth a read, but not for the faint-hearted. :)

Margot Kinberg sagde ...

Dorte - Thanks for this mini-review :-). That's such an interesting question, isn't it? What would you do if everything in your life was turned upside done? I'm glad you liked this one, even if the C.J. Box's Jack McGuane (whom I liked as a character) appeals to you more.

Barbara sagde ...

Speaking of turning things around, now you've put a C.J. Box book on my TBR list. Guess we're even.

Dorte H sagde ...

Joanne: I didn´t mind the violence too much, but it bothered me that though I liked most of the characters surrounding him, I didn´t really like the protagonist.

Margot: I would hardly turn to crime in real life, but the interesting part about this story is that in the beginning his intentions were so noble.

Barbara: some days a blog round is terribly expensive! :D

Kelly sagde ...

What a different and unusual plot! I may have to read this one.

pattinase (abbott) sagde ...

Sounds like a good one! And been meaning to read Box for a long time too.

Dorte H sagde ...

Kelly: very unusual!

Patti: of these two I preferred Box, and I plan to read his Joe Picket series also. I have seen so many glowing reviews.

Belle Wong sagde ...

Very unusual plot - it wasn't at all what I was thinking when I saw the cover.

Kiwicraig sagde ...

Nice mini-review Dorte. I agree, the main character isn't particularly likeable, but I did enjoy the book - particularly Cross's sparse writing style and helter-skelter pacing etc.

The violence didn't bother me so much, but then I enjoy reading everything from Agatha Christie/Ngaio Marsh cosies through to some of the modern 'torture porn' - as long as the writing is good. I just get bothered if I think the graphic violence is used to get the readers attention, or mask poor writing (not the case with Cross).

Dorte H sagde ...

Belle: the cover suits the story quite well - but no spoilers ;)

Craig: he does write well indeed, and I didn´t mind the violence - I just want my readers to know it is not cosy mystery.