We all agreed that Alex, the protagonist and title character, is unforgettable. She has endured the most inhumane, barbaric, and atrocious acts, yet, in her own way remains not the victim, but the victor. She was a survivor - a strong woman with her own moral code of conduct.
The book was dark, disturbing and not for the squeamish. However the author alternated the more intense scenes with chapters featuring the police investigation so as to give the reader a much needed respite from the barbarity.
Everyone termed it a 'page-turner' that evoked emotion in the reader. It was pointed out that the police team were all interesting characters who made the novel richer in tone. It was also pointed out that there were no 'good' mothers in the book. Every mother mentioned was seriously lacking in maternal traits...
This crime novel is a page-turner with great characterization. However, be warned… this is a graphically brutal and at times shocking read which will test your endurance as a crime reader. The author masterfully manipulates your emotions and reactions to tell his provocative tale. Kudos also go out to the translator, Frank Wynne, who translated the author’s story seamlessly and with eloquent language.
To read my own personal review of "Alex" visit my blog: Fictionophile
The lucky winners of the four book giveaways this month were:
You are welcome to join us at our next Whodunit meeting which will be held at Chapters Dartmouth location at Mic Mac Mall on Tuesday, August 30th. At that time we will discuss the thriller "The kind worth killing" by Peter Swanson.