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review 2017-11-04 01:34
The Night Watch ★★★★☆
The Night Watch - Read by Juanita McMahon, Narrated by David Chandler,Sarah Waters

I really hate when I put off writing a review for a book that I truly enjoyed. Once the immediate afterglow has faded and I’ve started on other books, I just can’t summon all the specific thoughts and feelings I had at the time. So I’m afraid this will sound much more tepid than I really felt about it.

 

Sarah Waters has a real genius for drawing characters and setting scenes and parceling out the information on both, that I hardly minded that absolutely nothing seems to happen, events-wise, over at least the first third of the book. The story has a strange construction – it starts at the end, wallows in the after effects of all the previous years’ events, then works backward so that you find out the events that led to the outcome on the characters and their situations. And of course, 

there is no resolution, because the characters are not in a happy place at the beginning, which dims your pleasure in their happiness at the end, knowing that the beginning is their future.

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And that makes so little sense to me writing it now, even though I already read the whole thing and understand it.

 

But this is a wonderful book for people who like to read moody character studies. I already know that I’m going to listen to it again, and it will be a new experience, because this time I’ll know *why* and *what happened*, and it will be again a different sort of book. I do have one recommendation to prospective readers, though. Start this one in bound format, then do it on audio the second time around. Juanita McMahon’s performance is fantastic and is not to be missed, but the story structure makes it very hard to follow on audio the first time around.

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text 2017-10-24 11:46
The Night Watch - 10%
The Night Watch - Read by Juanita McMahon, Narrated by David Chandler,Sarah Waters

So far, there doesn't seem to be any plot at all, but the writing is so beautiful and the characters so interesting that I don't really mind. 

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text 2017-10-23 22:46
Night Watch By Suzanne Brockmann 99 cents! Great Series!
Night Watch - Suzanne Brockmann

How can he choose between an old flame and a new spark? 

When US Navy SEAL Chief Wes Skelly is sent to LA on assignment, he reluctantly agrees to go on a blind date with Brittany Evans, the sister-in-law of a fellow SEAL. After all, he's been secretly pining for a very unavailable woman and he needs to get over her. So what does he have to lose? 

Plenty, as it turns out. Because suddenly the woman he'd thought he could never have is single. However, so is Brittany—and she's in danger because of him. He knows he can keep her safe… 

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text 2017-10-14 01:26
Reading progress update: I've read 98 out of 151 pages.
The Night Watch - Thomas Walsh

I never would have guessed that this would be this superb; but then I had reasons to doubt. the one other book I read by this guy was rather average--but then it was billed as a "melodrama' not a Crime novel. plus, the author has obviously fallen out of modern public perception. but, as I'm learning more and more, just because it faded into obscurity for ages, doesn't mean it isn't worth a try. well, at least this one is! this is an excellent Noir novel, where three cops are in for a night the survivor or survivors will not forget, as soon as one of them contemplates stealing from a bank robber instead of just taking him in. it's all gone wrong. it's all a delicious read.

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text 2017-10-13 15:05
Reading progress update: I've read 14 out of 151 pages.
The Night Watch - Thomas Walsh

only got a teeny bit into this, as yet--but I like the set-up. Rear Window meets The Usual Suspects...if you turn the hoods in Usual Suspects into cops.

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