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And Still, She Wept
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2012
This is a fantastic read. Reilly, a recently bereaved NY cop, heads to North Carolina in order to chase what seems to be a serial killer. A very clever, precise killer who seemingly leaves no trace.
The pacing of the book never lets up. Even when Reilly and Claire, the head of the unit he heads to, take a day off, readers are scanning details, wondering if the baddie is near them. As we learn more of the baddie's story, we understand more, and carefully look for more information and insight.

Not a short read, And Still, She Wept, not only has a great title, but is a gripping read. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone. Mystery/Thriller is not my preferred genre (bought it for the great title), but I could not put this book down. The characters are so interesting, the story so sad and intense, the ramifications so horrific, the timelines so tight that this book captures you from the start.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
T. C. Barnes has written "And Still, She Wept" a gripping, fast-paced crime novel that anyone who reads may enjoy. Moving, multiple times, from the initial events which set things in motion to the killer's childhood and then the criminal investigation, the novel never allowed the reader to become distracted. Each such segment built on those preceding it; each one added another layer to the complexity of the cases to be solved.

Strong, very human protagonists elevated "And Still, She Wept" above the majority of works of this genre. Frank Reilly, a New York City detective, is a broken man who verges on the border of alcoholism. He is, however, not the typical multiple-times divorced, hard-bitten detective. Rather, he is a man whose beloved wife has succumbed to the ravages of cancer; he is wracked by grief and paralyzed by his loss. Only the murder of a beautiful young teenager pulls him back from the precipice. Claire Stiles, the North Carolina sheriff, is a single mother who has focused her life on her work and her daughter Sarah. She recognizes that she does not want to sacrifice her family for work, but is, nevertheless, driven to solve the kidnapping/murders that are taking place. She, like Reilly, has had her emotional soul wounded by the loss of love. However, in Claire's case the loss was caused by the shattering of an illusion she perceived as love.

The final 20% of "And Still, She Wept" grabbed my attention and demanded to be read. The suspense and intensity of the build-up were extraordinary. I found myself wanting to put the book down - sensing something horrible was going to happen. But like those onlookers who watch, riveted by an impending disaster, I was hooked and forged on through this novel's pages. Even the final scenes, which were the obvious dénouement to the novel, were a welcomed conclusion to this gripping story.

I think "And Still, She Wept" is an outstanding read both from the perspective of a crime novel and from the perspective of a human interest novel. Definitely a 5-star book; I highly recommend it.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
This novel is beautifully written. From the beginning, it is apparent the author loves language and works to craft the most accurate description possible.

The reader comes to more than just care about the characters inhabiting this book. They become so incredibly real that after finishing it the characters stay with you.

It is obvious the author has done an incredible amount of research for this book. Her descriptions of forensic techniques and autopsies are impeccable.

This can be an intense book and sections may be rushed through for the squeamish. The majority of the book is to be savored for the author's rich use of language.

This book has undergone editing from the previous version And Still, She Wept one with 7 5 star reviews. I believe the author would have better served had she reissued the book using the same ASIN number. While a few of those reviews mentioned editing issues, no stars were deducted for it. The only misgivings I heard about the book was its cover; the other cover is much better looking and hints at the flavor of the book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2013
This book was a chore to read. The author writes every sentence with excruciating repetitive adjectives; reminded me of my college English 101 where you through in as many words a as possible to length :) English the paper. When it took 3-4 pages for the sheriff to walk up the driveway , I had to call it quits. I could be tortured no longer and conceded I had wasted my money.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2013
While I did FINALLY finish reading this book, it was more bc I'd started it so I may as well finish it, not necessarily bc I found it gripping & just couldn't put it down.
I found the over-use of adjectives quite tedious & some things were explained, painfully, in great detail...usually things that needed no explanation.
It took me so long to read this book bc I'd rather have done ANYTHING else; I looked for excuses not to open my Kindle app bc I knew this book was waiting for me.
As far as a murder mystery, the plots, twists, & thoughts that went into the book were intriguing &- would have made a good read-, but tying it all together is where it fell apart. It seemed there was more "filler" than story.
I feel as if I had read a first-draft rather than a professionally polished, well thought out, revised/corrected final draft.
On the up side, I didn't lose any sleep while reading this bc, rather than reading all night, I couldn't wait to put this one down.
This is my opinion... maybe yours will be different.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2013
I wanted so badly to like this book. Unfortunately, I couldn't even finish it because I was bored out of my skull - and I am not a person who gives up on books easily. The writing is really a good quality, characters are interesting, and I didn't find editing flaws, which is sometimes hard to come by in a Kindle book by a not-so-known author. However, the unnecessary details and descriptions of every. little. thing. were insurmountable. It's nearly impossible to stay interested in a book that can drone on for 15 pages about an event that would take about five minutes in real life - like walking down a hill. Seriously. Guess I'll never know how this one ends.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2013
At 75 years of age, and an avid reader for ever, this was the 2nd worse book I have ever read. The most repetitive, inane, unnecessary host of words ever put together. Almost obviously, the author must have had instructions from the publisher, or someone, to write a 400 page book. She would be paid by the word, and only had a 100 page idea for that book. Short stories may be her best chance to survive in the literary world.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2013
Way too much detail such as airport parking having to choose between long term/short term, short term which you pay by the hour, then you punch the big red button and a ticket comes out and a metal arm lifts up so you can drive through. This is an example of the unnecessary detail that makes this book very difficult to get through which is a shame for the core of it is good I'm glad this just cost me $0.99
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2013
Unfortunately, this author uses hyperbole instead of talent. So much overdone prose. It makes for a long and tedious read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2013
The premise of the story is intriguing. But, geez, the details. Mundane details that add nothing to the storyline comprise so much time. If you don't know what long term parking at the airport is and how to push the button and get your ticket to park there, you will after reading this book. The details are really mind-numbing.
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