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The Dead Key MP3 CD – Unabridged, 31 March 2015
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (31 March 2015)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1501210122
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501210129
- Dimensions : 16.51 x 1.59 x 13.97 cm
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By the end of the first quarter I knew she is a woman. NO man writes about women that way.
She has two primary characters:
Beatrice: She is a small, 16 year old, who got herself employed as an adult. She is, in every sense of the word, a mouse. And as if that is not enough, she is exceedingly timid, scared (literally) of her own shadow, and cannot say anything to anyone. She is truly the most irritating character of the book.
Iris: Not a mouse, normal in proportions and in most other ways. Only 23. She is an alcoholic and smokes like a chimney. Consequently she never gets enough sleep, largely because she's seldom in bed before 2 or 3 in the morning; and we are talking about working normal business hours.. During the day she also is scared of her own shadow, although for better reasons; also she is basically filthy because she often doesn't get the time to change her clothes or shower.. She is the second most irritating character of the book.
I must say this makes one curious about the author. Apparently she had to assay an old bank building some years ago, thus the reason for and background of the book. It is a good book, and very interesting. But one wonders why she, and other female authors, writes about her characters in such unflattering ways. Is she writing about herself?
Another irritant: some of the stupid Americanisms, such as "cranking the ignition" and "sucking on a coffee", it's such parochial crap, why do some authors like to pigeon-hole themselves like that? Well, to continue....
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Beatrice is only 16. Nevertheless she remains almost useless in any sense; I guess she redeems herself, almost literally in the last two paragraphs of her section. Such an irritating character.
I knew after reading only 20% of the book that both girls and author were/are Catholic: the amount of guilt in this book is extraordinary, as a psychologist I would even say unhealthy. That was confirmed after 70% of the book.
Iris is quite simply drunk during more than 80% of her actions in the book.
I don't understand why the book was written like that. Lachrymose, guilty, drunken girls; most of the men seem beastly; very few 'normal' people in this book. It reads like the period is early 19th century London; Dickens' days; not in the late 20th century!
I notice also how the book is written by a young woman with residual ideas of men; their nasty looks, habits, gravelly voices, cruelty, size, etc..
However the information and some of the ideas in the book redeem it somewhat; it is quite an offbeat novel and worth reading.
A new reader will 'suffer' through it, but will also find many things to ponder on.
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This thriller is set over several decades and follows not only Iris’s story but the story of several other important characters from the past and the present. The interaction between these different decades is well written and flows well throughout the story, really showcasing this authors storytelling talents.
Both Iris’s and Beatrice’s characters are well written and the throughout the story it is easy to connect with them emotionally. They work well together and also alone and it was interesting to get to know them from a personal point of view as well as their general involvement in the story. I also enjoyed the fact that they both grew as people and were able to become stronger women even when faced with horrific situations.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the story and found it to be captivating throughout. The story builds with a good amount of suspense and the pace of the story is constant and easy to keep up with.
The only potential negative for this story is the violence in certain parts, it is very well described which may be disturbing for some readers!
Its full of mystery and intrigue, and cleverly the two girls stories run parallel to each other as each tried to piece together the clues surrounding the point where they both find the same key to a vault in the bank, and each get deeper and deeper into danger the more that they find out. A refreshing, well written book that kept me wanting to find out what was go into happen right until the end. Looking forward to seeing more books by this author.