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Eight Perfect Murders (2019)
de Peter Swanson
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Oh damn. This one was so good and then so bleak!
It was one of those stories that I never wanted to end— partially because it was all unfolding in such an interesting way, and partially because I was afraid of where it was headed. I will definitely be reading more from this author. Can’t wait!
This was an easy quick read. I liked the style of writing and the plot was good. But I didn't love it.
First, I think the characters were a bit underdeveloped. I didn't like or dislike anyone. I had sympathy at parts but wasn't saddened by what happened, or angry or shocked. Or maybe it wasn't the characters that were underdeveloped, maybe the writing lacked emotion and therefore I lacked emotion when reading it? Not sure, but felt something was missing.
Second, I couldn't get a clear understanding of the timeline some of the deaths. Which I think contributed to my lack of emotion, it was hard to feel a build up or sense of urgency to find the killer if the murders happened once a year..?
Lastly, I was disappointed that there were spoilers to books I haven't read yet :( Thankfully I've read at least 1/2 but still, no one likes spoilers.
I loved all the book references throughout the book. And loved the plot. And always appreciate an easy quick read, however that's what I expected from this book so was a bit disappointed.
I liked the premise and how this felt like a cozy mystery but was not-- well, it at least presented a lovely twist. I'm looking forward to reading more from Swanson.
This is a very fun concept - someone using a blog written about "8 perfect murders" in crime fiction as a playbook to commit the perfect murder. I only recently discovered this author and, so far, have not been disappointed with any of his books. They are all good thrillers with fun twists and interesting characters. I also enjoyed all the discussions about all the classic crime fiction stories and which are the best ones. It gave me new books to put on my TBR list, although I did have to shelve this book for awhile because it was also giving me spoilers for a lot of them, so I read a few to avoid spoilers and came back to this one. There are still a few Peter Swanson books I haven't read yet but they are all on my TBR list now.
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"Swanson rips us from one startling plot twist to the next... A true tour de force." --Lisa Gardner "Fiendish good fun." --Anthony Horowitz From the hugely talented author of Before She Knew Him comes a chilling tale of psychological suspense and an homage to the thriller genre tailor-made for fans: the story of a bookseller who finds himself at the center of an FBI investigation because a very clever killer has started using his list of fiction's most ingenious murders. Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre's most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack--which he titled "Eight Perfect Murders"--chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie's A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin's Death Trap, A. A. Milne's Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox's Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain's Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald's The Drowner, and Donna Tartt's A Secret History. But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookstore in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She's looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal's old list. And the FBI agent isn't the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. The killer is out there, watching his every move--a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal's personal history, especially the secrets he's never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife. To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects . . . and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn't count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead--and the noose around Mal's neck grows so tight he might never escape.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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Sadly the main character who is the owner of the bookstore is...boring. Also the first half of the book is slow and dry, similar to many of the books referenced throughout the book. None of the characters seem to have any depth to them, and some of the situations they are put in seems totally unbelievable.
Still it is wildly interesting idea. I just wish the book flowed better. ( )