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Let the Devil Sleep by John Verdon

thegeekyblogger's review against another edition

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3.0

Read for Review (Edelweiss)
Overall Rating 3.50
Story Rating 3.75
Character Rating 3.25

First Thought when Finished: Let the Devil Sleep started slow but once the story hit it's stride the rest was very good story telling.

What I Thought of the Story: Let the Devil Sleep is the 3rd book in the Dave Gurney series. As a reader, this was my first journey into this world and that may have hurt me initially as the characters were not known to me. The story (or case) though after about 1/3 of the book was strong enough to draw me into how it was going to play out. There were enough elements introduced (the documentary series, the stalking, the history, and if the perpetrator from the unsolved case) that as a reader, I was compelled to find out how they were all going to play together. The way that John Verdon weaved in and out elements that were connected was really well done and were made to keep the readers on their toes. Let the Devil Sleep will keep you turning the pages and for fans of the series, I believe you will be even more intrigued.

What I Thought of the Characters: Here is where I believe not starting with book 1 hurt me as a reader. Dave Gurney is a hard character to warm up too. He is stand offish and emotionally withholding. Dave is brilliant though and his methodical way of following the clues was the part of the character that I loved. Madeleine, his wife, was my favorite character in Let the Devil Sleep. She was smart, innovative, and her questions really balanced out Dave. She was very good at injecting her wisdom without forcing her way into the case. Jack and Kyle were much needed male counterparts to Dave. I believe that Dave is a better man because of both of them. I felt invested in all these characters by the end of the story.

Final Thought: Let the Devil sleep will take you on a journey that you won't forget soon!

opossumblossum's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.75

bread_pity's review against another edition

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dark mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

theopanov's review against another edition

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5.0

С всяка следваща книга става все по-интересно.

winterzeshoek's review against another edition

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3.0

The author could have used a good editor, there were too many loose ends or unexplained events for my liking.

nle2004's review against another edition

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3.0

Обычный американский триллер, с картонными персонажами: бывший детектив, страдающий от скуки в отставке, его хорошая и любящая жена, его бывшие коллеги как на подбор - есть плохие и глупые и есть хорошие и умные, но не такие умные, как главный герой. Злодей, разумеется, безжалостный и очень ловкий. Плюс нехитрый ансамбль из сына детектива и дочери его знакомой журналистки. За атмосферу отвечают перечисления географических названий и незамысловатое описание типичного тв шоу, которое делают беспринципные журналисты. На мой взгляд, роман немного затянут, так, что автору в конце вдруг резко наскучило придумывать и он быстро свернул все действие, не вдаваясь в подробности и причины преступлений. Но читается (точнее, слушается) легко и вполне подходит для того, чтобы передохнуть между более интересными и эмоциональными книгами.

muddypuddle's review against another edition

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4.0

It took me awhile to get through this, but I had a lot going on and very little time to read. Another good tale from a cracker-jack storyteller. I love the wonderful words he uses, very upper-end vocabulary, which might actually be off-putting to some readers. I actually had some insight to solving the crime (but not the WHO part) way earlier on than in his first two books, but the resolution was still very satisfying. Great author - hope he's fast at work on another Dave Guerney. I need more insight into the relationship Dave has with his wife, Madeline -- I can't quite get a handle on it....

appalonia's review against another edition

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4.0

I always enjoy the mental gymnastics that come with this series.

cripsolabl's review against another edition

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3.0

feels like a rushed book. almost as though he was pushed for a publishers deadline. I wish the story would spend more time in the detail of the conversation. I also don't understand why gurney goes it solo in the end everytime. I would think the traumatic events of the last book would have a bigger impact. still I enjoyed the book. good read even if not up to the par of his first too.

anaedsac's review against another edition

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4.0

El segundo libro de esta serie me sigue pareciendo el mejor, aunque en todos el Sr. Verdon logra mantenerte al borde de la emocion, de la forma de pensar de este detective retirado, esa mente que logra desenredar hasta el caso mas complejo.