08-04-2008 01:19 AM
Many readers were shocked at the end of With No One As Witness. I would venture a guess that no mystery has aroused as much controversy or discussion since Agatha Christie's classic The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Here is a link:
In What Came Before He Shot Her, Ms. George steps back to look at a shocking crime from a different perspective, giving her readers a chance to take a deep breath and accept that the unexpected twist was not only the author's privilege but a challenge to her readers to stay on the path, even when she takes us to places we may not really want to go. Join us in reading this book and post your comments on this thread. Here is a link to the book:
08-04-2008 11:32 AM
I really loved this book. I am a longtime Elizabeth George fan and have followed the adventures of Lynley, Helen, Barbara, Deborah etc from the beginning. This book was clearly a departure from all of that.
However, I found it a very rewarding departure. I am a lawyer and part of my work involves representing parents and children in the child protection system. I found that every word of this book rang completely true. I imagine this was a big stretch and a big risk for Ms. George, but it my view she presented the complexities of children caught in a world without adequate parental care with empathy towards everyone involved and great authenticity.
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08-07-2008 03:20 PM
I thought this book was very well written but it made me so sad. It is thought-provoking but it kind of hopeless, which may be realistic but depressing as hell.
I agee. I just finished the book last night. It really struck me as a mom to kids that age (16 and 13) how different the family dynamic was in the book. And knowing what would eventually happen in the end, kind of clouded all the good things that seemed to happen throughout the story.
08-07-2008 03:39 PM
09-14-2008 10:06 AM
What Came Before He Shot Her is by no means a straightforward story, although it’s ending is as inevitable as any tragedy. It's a good book, giving an authentic voice to inner-city Britain; ironically it's an American providing it. Those who have seen the headlines about teenagers being killed in London will know all too well the refrain that ‘the victim had so much potential.’ While Joel is an embryonic killer, he is as much a victim as the woman he shoots, but he is a victim of circumstance and conspiracy. Just a thought!
09-15-2008 06:21 PM
How unfortunate that you would give up on the series because a character is no longer in it. I hope you will reconsider so that you might see the direction that the characters' lives now go in. Things are not always as they appear.