Case histories

A Novel

Paperback, 399 pages

English language

Published Sept. 7, 2005 by Back Bay Books.

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4 stars (10 reviews)

"Case One: Olivia Land, youngest and most beloved of the Land girls, goes missing in the night and is never seen again. More than thirty years later, two of her surviving sisters, each achingly lonely in her own way, reunite when their cruel and distant father dies. There, among the clutter of their childhood home, they unearth a shocking clue to Olivia's disappearance." "Case Two: All of Theo's happiness is tied to his devoted daughter Laura. He delights in her wit, her effortless beauty, and selfless love, and in the fact that she's taken a position at his prestigious law firm. But on her first day on the job, a maniac storms into the office and turns Theo's world upside down." "Case Three: Michelle looks around one day and finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making. A very needy baby and a very demanding husband make her …

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Review of 'Case histories' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Ich hab es gern gelesen, am Ende fällt mir aber doch nicht mehr dazu ein als "für einen Krimi ganz ok". Es hat halt das Problem vieler Krimis, dass so wenige Figuren vorkommen, dass man nicht lange herumraten muss, wer das vor Jahrzehnten verlegte Kleinkind und wer die Mörder sein können etc. Stilistisch war ich zufrieden bis auf die uneleganten Gedanken-in-Klammern. Irgendein Vorgang im Inneren einer Person wird auf unauffällige Weise beschrieben, und dann folgt irgendwas Stupides wie (Sagten die Leute noch so?) oder (Wie man nur so heißen konnte!).

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3 stars

Not too sure how I felt about this one. Thought the concept was a good one, and it was written really well, but I was uncomfortable about the treatment of women. Granted, the crimes detailed in the book are specifically against women, but I was also disturbed by the protaganist's view of women. Perhaps I was being a little sensitive about it, but there was definitely something I didn't like. Overall this was a highly enjoyable read.

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