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review 2018-12-07 17:16
Guter Thriller mit ernstem Hintergrund-Thema
Der Tod so nah: Thriller - Belinda Bauer,Marie-Luise Bezzenberger

Die Reporterin Eve Singer muss für ihren True-Crime-Sender immer die Erste am Tatort sein. Denn ihr Publikum lechzt nach blutigen Details. Fernsehjournalismus ist ein hartes Geschäft und die Konkurrenz fährt ebenso die Ellbogen aus. Als ein Serienmörder Eve live zu einem Mord einlädt, kann sie daher nicht widerstehen ...

Für dieses Buch habe ich mich entschieden, weil meiner Erfahrung nach die Autorin Belinda Bauer für exzellente, fesselnde und außergewöhnliche Thriller steht. Zwar treffen diese Eigenschaften nicht komplett auf "Der Tod so nah" zu, dennoch ist es ein beispielhafter Spannungsroman, den man gut lesen kann.

Die Handlung an sich ist nicht neu und beschäftigt sich mit dem typischen Serienkiller- und Gegenpart-Spiel. 

Im Mittelpunkt steht die Reporterin Eve Singer, die den Tod für ihr berufliches Überleben braucht. Sie berichtet schon mal live von Tatorten, setzt sich über Absperrungen hinweg oder steckt den Konkurrenten den Mittelfinger ins Gesicht. Obwohl sie absolut taff und selbstsicher wirkt, zeigt sich schnell, dass sie privat eine schwere Last zu tragen hat, und aus diesem Grund für ihren Job (fast) alles macht.

Eve Singer habe ich als glaubhafte, authentische Figur empfunden, die weit weg vom typischen Ermittler ist. Zwar hat sie privat mit äußerst widrigen Umständen zu kämpfen, aber diese liegen fern vom Genre-Einheitsbrei. Dadurch ergibt sich ein thematisch tiefsinniger Spannungsroman, der sich mit der Krankheit Demenz beziehungsweise Alzheimer auseinandersetzt.

Denn Eves Vater ist ein Pflegefall, weil er meistens gar nicht mehr weiß, wer sie oder er überhaupt ist. Sie sorgt sich um ihn, pflegt ihn und hat mit einer emotionalen Berg- und Talfahrt zu kämpfen, die sich auf den Zustand ihres Vaters bezieht.

Den Aspekt der Demenz-Erkrankung hat Belinda Bauer exzellent in die Thrillerhandlung eingebaut. Sie zeigt die Belastung von Angehörigen Demenzerkrankter auf, den Zwiespalt, in dem sie sich befinden, ihre zerstörten Hoffnungen, die Tiefpunkte und die schönen, liebevollen Momente, an die man sich trotz des Vergessens klammern kann.

Dazu kommt die Perspektive des Serienkillers, der Eve in sein perfides Spielchen zieht. Hier lässt sich die Autorin voll und ganz auf das übliche Thriller-Schema ein, und schildert solide den Wahn, der einen Menschen zu solchen Taten führen kann.

Von Beginn an konnte mich Belinda Bauer mit ihrem lebendigen, dichten Schreibstil begeistern. Sie hat ein Auge für's Detail und setzt eine beispielhafte 'Kameraführung' in ihren Romanen ein. Sie zoomt heran, geht in die Vogelperspektive über oder beleuchtet einen Ausschnitt, indem sie alles andere völlig ausblendet. Daraus ergibt sich ein fesselndes Leseerlebnis, das man kaum unterbrechen will.

Insgesamt ist „Der Tod so nah“ ein guter Thriller mit ernstem Hintergrundthema, der aber Belinda Bauers Originalität vermissen lässt. Für Leser, die sich vor laufender Kamera auf ein Spiel mit dem Tod einlassen wollen, ist dieser Spannungsroman trotzdem absolut empfehlenswert.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.com
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text 2018-10-28 15:30
Reading progress update: I've read 47%.
The Shut Eye - Belinda Bauer

Wowh, this novel is going by quickly. I wish I'd made sure all my bingo books were as short as this one!

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text 2018-10-27 14:59
Reading progress update: I've read 24%.
The Shut Eye - Belinda Bauer

A woman who's young son has disappeared goes to a medium in a desperate push to find him. Trademark Bauer and of course that means I'm really enjoying it.

 

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review 2018-09-10 23:42
Snap (Bauer)
Snap - Belinda Bauer

I do enjoy modern thrillers, so it's not completely unlikely that I would have read this without the Booker longlist nomination that caused me to push the "add to waitlist" button on my e-library account. And I've probably wasted too much mental energy since, wondering whether the odd halo cast by the Booker has subtly altered my expectations and in what direction.

 

I quite enjoyed this, but it had a few shortcomings that niggled at me during and after the reading. Chief amongst these was an unsupported motivation for the principal crime - a motivation referenced in the title, but really no motivation at all. I know people snap, but we got to know the villain so little that his snapping seemed not just out of character but out of the blue. The main character, Jack, was much more accessible, and in the main much more likeable, which helped somewhat to bridge over the rather distressing way he solved the problem of his mother's murderer towards the end of the book. However, I couldn't help feeling that the random vandalism and lashing out that was the nastier end of a generally nice young boy was planted more to make his violence at the end seem plausible than because it was consistent with his own back-story.

 

Marvel and Reynolds, the cops, are a nicely-balanced pair of caricatures with a good double act that provokes the occasional smile. I hope, if this is part of a series, that Rice, their female sidekick, gets a bit more to do than she did here: as a character, I felt she had promise.

 

I liked the deliberation of the initial chapters and the way the plot picked up in both pace and bizarre events towards the end. This is as it should be in a thriller. There was, however, no twist to speak of (the identity of the knife-maker was, I suppose, a bit of a reveal, though certainly one I saw coming). The only mildly unexpected thing at the end was that one of the cops suppressed some information that would have had grave consequences for young Jack.

 

Anyway, I'd recommend this for people who like thrillers anyway, but not for people who read prize literature nominees because of their literary qualities.

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review 2018-08-22 17:34
Snap by Belinda Bauer
Snap - Belinda Bauer

I read this a few weeks ago and was so busy what with going away that I didn’t find time to review it. Even though I really enjoyed it, my memory is failing in regards to the finer points, but I’ll try my best to write a competent review.

 

Snap is written in the style of third-person multiple, something that seems to be gaining in popularity. It gives the reader more as we’re privy to multiple characters thoughts, but it can sometimes be jarring if done incorrectly. Luckily here, though, it was very well done.

 

The story starts off with Jack, an eleven-year-old boy who, along with his 2 sisters, are awaiting the return of their mother, who’s off to get help due to car trouble. They’ve been left inside their vehicle, but quickly get antsy when she doesn’t return and disembark in order to go and find her. They eventually reach an emergency phone, the receiver dangling from the hook, and never see her again. Soon enough she’s found dead. That isn’t a spoiler, it happens fairly early on.

 

We then meet Catherine, an expectant mother who’s been left alone while her husband travels for work. She hears a disturbance in her home and soon after finds a note along with a knife, the note stating: I could have killed you.

 

Soon after we meet the local police who are joined by a detective (?) who’s been recently moved between forces and is now a member of the team in an area far from anything of major note in England.

 

The chapters consistently move between these groups, with a focus on Jack, who is still determined to find his mothers killer. During this time he indulges in a life of crime in order to care for his sisters and himself as they’ve been abandoned by their father, who’s swamped by grief. It was quite a convoluted plot, but it all came together well. I didn’t know how it would, but it did.

 

One of things I enjoyed most was the way in which Bauer formed her characters. She added personality traits that, however strange, worked. I didn’t particularly warm to any of them, but I could always see the underlying reason why they were the way they were.

 

The pacing was excellent, enough being given away when needed, with enough character-development, as well.

 

I’m still very surprised this is part of the Booker longlist (or is it shortlist?), but it’s a worthy contender, even if I didn’t think it deserved the full five stars. It’s got me quite into the crime genre, just in time for bingo!

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