Book Reviews of Forty Words for Sorrow (John Cardinal, Bk 1)

Forty Words for Sorrow (John Cardinal, Bk 1)
Forty Words for Sorrow - John Cardinal, Bk 1
Author: Giles Blunt
ISBN-13: 9780425185162
ISBN-10: 0425185168
Publication Date: 3/5/2002
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 46 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed Forty Words for Sorrow (John Cardinal, Bk 1) on + 69 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
The only 'creepy' books I read are by Giles Blunt. (But I don't read them at night!) The language and mood are beautiful. I don't know much about snow... but felt I did after reading one of his books. Set in the Algonquin Bay area of Ontario.
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Helpful Score: 4
I'd rate this higher except I don't care for the genre ... serial killers. The writing in general, characters, atmosphere, etc. is super.
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Helpful Score: 4
A taut and enthralling tale that is as dark as the Canadian winter setting is cold. Humane,intelligent, and griping, FORTY WORDS FOR SORROW is a haunting journey into the human heart in all its complexities.
Val McDermid
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Helpful Score: 2
Chilling and gruesome.
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Helpful Score: 2
interesting and suspense filled book. Takes place in a part of the world not often read about- Northern Canada
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Helpful Score: 2
This book had rave reviews on the cover, being the best thriller since The Silence of the Lambs, one of the best thrillers written, I assure that is not true. This is an ok police procedural that informs the reader who did it about half way through, has a predictable subplot and an ending you can see a mile away. It is written in a way that forces the reader to read slowly, I did finish it, it was ok, but nothing that would have me seek any future books by this author and I certainly will not remember this one much after I click enter.
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Helpful Score: 2
I really had high hopes for this series since the author's books get such rave reviews. However, I was sorely disappointed. The story started off well, but once the killer is named half way through, the book lost its momentum. I was so bored, I gave up two thirds of the way into the book, and have added the rest of the books in the series that I own to the donation pile.
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Helpful Score: 1
Well-written interesting mystery.
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Helpful Score: 1
Engrossing mystery with complex and sympathetic protagonists.
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Missing children and serial killer
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Great thriller. Love this series.
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Very good book. It's one of the few that sent cold chills down my spine, especially during the last part.

Great characterizations, great setting.
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The author did a great job with this tale, creating layer upon layer of plots and sub-plots within one story. It is a tale of kidnapping, murder, sexual perversion (though nothing too graphic), relationships and so much more. I was a bit put off by the reader at first, as I tend to like female readers better for the most part. They tend to put more emotion into what they read. But I quickly got used to his style and it didn't in any way take away from my enjoyment of this story. In fact, he did a really good job of reading the different characters, so that you could easily tell who was who. This is not always an easy thing to accomplish when you're dealing with several characters of differing genders at one time, so I give kudos for that, especially! All in all, a really good story.
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Canadian setting -
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Canadian Mystery