Madam, Will You Talk?
by Mary Stewart
Very soon her dreams turn into a nightmare, when by befriending a terrified boy and catching the attention of his enigmatic, possibly murderous father, Charity has inadvertently placed herself center stage. She becomes enmeshed in the schemes of a gang of murderers. And now the killer, with blood enough on his hands, is waiting in the wings.
Well, this isn't my favorite of the Mary Stewart books I've read so far, but I'll give a kudos for the strong start it had, although the book was punctuated by a lot of banal moments, some of which were quite idyllic, but others of which were just a little draggy.
The truth is, I really liked Charity a lot, because she comes off strong and flawed, all at the same time, which is what makes her an interesting character. More so, I was really, really getting into the book as the danger and the conflict began to pick up. And even as I started to find the rest of the mystery quite predictable, I still got drawn into the story and the atmosphere.
But then the instalove happened, and I found myself a bit jarred out of the book. I guess after following Charity's high speed chases, her escaping from Richard, the man she believed to be an evil murderer... I hadn't really expected the sudden turn of events that happened mid-book. The insta-attraction might have been believable to an extent, but the sudden declarations of love kind of threw me.
The second half of the book then proceeded to spin further out of control, and I'm not quite sure how I feel about the chaotic conclusion to the mystery and the thriller itself. Everything kind of all happens at once to bring all the tangents to a head, and yet I kind of felt like the ending was a bit unsatisfying.
Nonetheless, this was exciting enough to keep me hooked until the end.
On a side note, was it just me, or was there an extremely unhealthy and unbelievable amount of smoking throughout this book? Or was it just the time period?
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