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Book Title: The House at Sea's End|
The author of the book: Elly Griffiths
ISBN 13: 9781849163675
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.52 MB
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Reader ratings: 4.2
Edition: Quercus Publishing
Date of issue: January 6th 2011
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This is the third book in this series. I enjoyed it less than the first two I read, so allow me to elaborate a bit on them.
The first book, The Crossing Places, was very chilling, and included pagan lore, history, and archaeology. I fell in love with the descriptions of the freezing salt marshes, the birds, the lonely cottage. The Janus Stone included Roman history, which I'm very interested in. I think the real pull for me with these books was the inclusion of my interests in great mystery plots. Between the salt marsh and the history and mythology, what's not to love?
I think my issue with the series first developed with the Janus Stone. Ruth, the main character, seems to get caught up in the center of a lot of drama that doesn't have much to do with her. Her character isn't compelling enough to attract so much attention. She's a well-drawn character, but a little dull; even the author admits it. In The House at Sea's End, Ruth is surrounded by people more interesting than herself. Cathbad, Tatiana, Nelson, Judy, Hugh Ancel, were all more interesting than the main character. Ruth was grating on me by the end.
The mystery for this book isn't as compelling as the previous volumes. The fact that almost all of the drama took place in the past undercuts the tension. The only way the author is able to inject drama or suspense into the plot is by having her characters (view spoiler)[(Ruth, I'm looking at you) (hide spoiler)] make (view spoiler)[(no boundaries between you and Nelson, really? (hide spoiler)] some (view spoiler)[(why do Ruth and Nelson end up at that house so often, anyway?) (hide spoiler)] poor (view spoiler)[(So you ask the daughter of some one involved in a case to babysit? And then poor Judy's gotta clean up the mess?) (hide spoiler)] decisions (view spoiler)[(and a fireship seemed like the best idea to you, eh? It has the word FIRE in it. (hide spoiler)].
The solution to the mystery was a little convoluted for my taste. It was such an unlikely ending, and I was left dissatisfied.
However, it still earned three stars. The characters are all well-done, Tatiana's story was intriguing, and Nelson really made an impression on me with this volume. It's true that the previous two volumes incorporated past and present murders and mysteries, but I feel this time, the emphasis is too heavily in the past. I will read the next volume, probably via audio. The narrator is fantastic!
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Read information about the authorElly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway novels take for their inspiration Elly's husband, who gave up a city job to train as an archaeologist, and her aunt who lives on the Norfolk coast and who filled her niece's head with the myths and legends of that area. Elly has two children and lives near Brighton. Though not her first novel, The Crossing Places is her first crime novel.
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