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Rene Hasekamp

I read books (and place a review here afterwards) in the following categories Mystery/Detective, British literature (mostly older books, from Gutenberg.org), Adventure, some Dutch lieterature and more.

My top favorite writers are John Galsworthy, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, but among my five-star reviews you will also find (debuts of) contemporary writers. A recent example is Gillian Flynn. I mostly read ebooks.


Currently reading

King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life's Work
Dominic Faulder, Nicholas Grossman
Progress: 96/400 pages
The Jacques Futrelle Megapack: 47 Tales of the Thinking Machine and Others
Jacques Futrelle
Progress: 905/1417 pages

Good, but not completely satisfying

Believing the Lie - Elizabeth  George

This is one more Lynley book and I liked it. The plot has many lines - as usual with Elizabeth George - and most of them are good. The main plot has some very surprising twists, and at times - while reading the book - I tended to give the book five stars. But when all the unfinished story-lines had to be finished at the end of the book, some were finished quite unsatisfactorily in my opinion. And one was not finished at all! At that time I was still willing to give four stars. However, she used this very "dirty trick" at the end of the book: she cut off one of the (quite important) story-lines, and this one is continued in the next Lynley book. When I saw this, the fourth star went and I ended up with three stars. People who like the Lynley novels will buy the next one anyway. It is a bad writing trick to start a quite important line and then abruptly cut it off. "Buy the next book if you want to know how this ends". So, the book is a good read, with some very surprising moments, but the cut-off ending was a serious disappointment to me. (I bought the next book anyway!)