Seven Days Dead

Seven Days Dead

Book - 2016
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"In Seven Days Dead, a woman races in a small boat through a torrential sea storm to Grand Manan island, located off the coast of Maine. She is determined to reach her dying father's bedside. Meanwhile, detective Cinq-Mars is enjoying vacation with his wife on the island until he's caught up in the investigation of a murder. Long-held secrets start to emerge, and Cinq-Mars begins to wonder if the two deaths are related. The Storm Murders, the first book in the series, received starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews. Bookpage said, "This terrific story, with sympathetic characters and Farrow's crisp prose, is some of the best fiction to come out of Canada. Louise Penny won't be bumped off the podium, but she'll have to clear some space next to her." Seven Days Dead may very well get even better reviews"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250057693
1250057698
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: 7 days dead

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Sep 27, 2017

Really disappointing. Implausible, cardboard plot and characters. Earlier books "City of Ice" and "Ice Lake" were much better.

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susanchyn
Jul 10, 2016

If, as in my case, you have not read the first volume in the The Storm Murders series, you may not want to read this second one just yet.

The beginning of Seven Days Dead is chaotic. The characters incomprehensible, almost random. Author John Farrow provides no charitable clues.

Thus, the uninitiated reader has absolutely no idea who detective-protagonist Cinq-Mars is until Chapter Four, which is annoyingly late given the anarchy that precedes his appearance. At this point, the writing gets better, more coherent, and the suspense builds nicely for a while.

But then, almost out of the blue, the mystery is solved in a frenzied pitch. Cinq-Mars gives a protracted, anti-climactic and rather ho-hum account of what happened. Leaving the people listening to him, including the readers, to say, "Oh... OK."

On the plus side, one can learn lots about dulse and AIS transceivers.

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