Rebekka Franck: Vol 1-5 Kindle Edition
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'It grips you from the beginning and doesn't let go until the end.' - Wine Relaxation and my Kindle
'It was an entertaining read and most importantly, Willow Rose created characters that I connected with and cared about.' - 2Book Lovers
'... kept me awake long into the night even when I had to be early to my office the following day...it was that good.' -Goodreads review
'This was the best series of books that I have ever read.' - Kindle reviewer
'It was hard not to buy the next book in the series. The story is addictive.' - Booklikes
'Her entire series is a page turner and so instantly addictive! LOVE LOVE LOVE all of these books!'- Kindle reviewer
'Couldn't sleep even if I wanted.'- Kindle reviewer
'WOW! Another macabre tale by Willow Rose to keep me awake at night!' - Kindle reviewer
'This series had me gripped through to the end. I'm looking forward to reading the other series she has written.'- Kindle reviewer
'You never know where the book is really going until the end, but you always know that the trip will be fun.' - Goodreads review
'Impossible to put down.' - Goodreads review
'It is FIVE starts start to finish.' - Booklikes
From the Author
- File size : 15111 KB
- Publication date : November 18, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 1143 pages
- Publisher : BUOY MEDIA LLC (November 18, 2014)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B00PV0MSC2
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #39,051 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I think the character that I liked the best in the stories was Rebekka's father--he was exactly like you would think a Dad should be. Maybe it's just me but if I had been Rebekka I would never have trusted Pete her ex-husband again. She doesn't make a lot of wise choices at times.
I won't tell you the stories because other customers can do a better job than I can and besides, if you knew everything that happened why would you want to read the series?
Alongside Rebekka, we meet her dad; her daughter, Julie; her ex-husband, Peter; her on and off partner and photographer, Sune and his son, Tobias. These characters are the common thread through the stories.
Each book in the set has its own murders and mysteries to solve, and as a journalist, Rebekka digs deep to uncover the stories behind the cases, helped by Sune, who as well as being the photographer, is also quite a good hacker.
The characters were well written, my favourite being Rebekka’s dad, who was dependable and took great care of Rebekka and Julie. Rebekka, although determined and often pushy on the career front, came across as fairly immature and naive where relationships were concerned, unable to make a decision and stick to it. She was annoying at times, as she ran headlong into investigations, seemingly without a thought of how anything would impact on her family and friends.
Overall, the stories were intriguing, quite gruesome at times, and made a compelling read.
The biggest problems with the books is that the translation is terrible. The dialogue felt stilted and forced, and there were a lot of places where the word used wasn't quite right. It could be that the author just doesn't write very well, but I had the definite feeling while reading that a lot of the sentences might feel different in another language. Hence my belief that the problem is in the translation.
Overall the books were okay. I might read the next two, but not right away.
The formulaic stuff first. There was a boarding school for rich kids. Parents used it as a storage locker to minimize parent/child time. Kids might not see their parents for months at a time, the length of a school year. It was high school, with all the cruelty and bullying implied. Inevitably, there would be a premier group that would distinguish itself and rule the social scene. Didrick Rosenfeld was a member of such a gang. A favorite activity of the six-person group was to play a game where each person would come up with the grossest and most injurious to others game to play. The rest of the group, including the planner, would carry it out. Failure to participate would result in the gang member’s expulsion and the assurance that the expelled member would be the object of the next activity. There were many activities centered on the torture and maiming of others. Of course, there was the old standby, gang rape. And so, the gang survived high school. Rich parents made sure the boys could do no wrong.
After graduation, the men could do no wrong. They entered family businesses where the occupied sinecures. If they did no harm, CEO(s) would leave them alone. Their only responsibility was to spend excess profits in a hedonistic lifestyle of their choosing. Sounds good, except for the evidence of one of their last “gross” activity. There had been a gang rape, there was a picture of the girl and the guys on a boat, the girl had survived but spent months in a hospital. She was now in seclusion living almost as a hermit and looking through hollow eyes described as “the thousand-yard stare.” Someone, presumably from the past, had surfaced and was killing the guys in the picture one-by-one. And the killings were messy.
Enter Rebekka Franck, a recent returnee to the village where she lived with her father and daughter Julie after running away from an abusive husband. Rebekka had worked for a big newspaper as a star reporter. She accepted a small-town stringer job for a tabloid newspaper as the price to be paid for the safety of a home away from husband Peter. Rebekka’s previous assignments had been exciting including one in Iraq where she was briefly held captive by insurgents. She had been rescued by the guy she would marry, Julie’s father. Rebekka survived Iraq mentally, Peter didn’t and in extreme cases locked Rebekka and Julie in a basement. Rebekka had had enough. She abandoned hubby and career for the sake of Julie and went home to daddy, just in time to be present at the first killing of Denmark’s first serial killer.
This now becomes an amateur-sleuth-does-good story. Fans of police procedurals will poke holes all over the story, but it remains good because of the Denmark setting. I felt the characters had a different lifestyle, one that is more socialist or even humanitarian in dealing with everyday events. This comes through as Rose explores ways Rebekka deals with conflicts in her own life: a mal-adjusted husband, Peter, who will reappear; a wannabe artist, Giovanni Marco, an artist on the run who wants to be Rebekka’s boyfriend; a ten-year-younger photographer who wants to be Rebekka’s boyfriend; a concerned widowed father; and Julie, the daughter who wants Dad to come back.
And then there are the murders which eventually happen at a rate sufficient to earn the title “serial murders.” Rose did a good job of distraction in arriving at the final surprise ending. I thought the killer was obvious throughout and Rebekka was remaining amazingly obtuse. But I was wrong as I am sure many, but not all, readers will be. This is a good story which I thought deserved four Amazon stars.
I purchased this box set and three other five-volume sets by different authors, same genre, for USD 0.99 each through Amazon. The offer of such a reasonable price is part of a six-day campaign. A promotion from J. A. Konrath’s website led me to the promotion.
The author, Willow Rose, tells us about all the stories Rebekka reported on and how she came to help solve them. Each story gets more involved and you don't want to stop reading. Believe me, I lost sleep, but I did really enjoy reading the stories. I know you will to. I''m just glad I'm not prone to nightmares.
Top reviews from other countries
I trawled through this ebook and took much longer than I normally would, almost giving upo more than once. The unfortunate thing is that the story isn't bad at all and I didn't figure out the villain. The main issue for me is the awful or non-existent editing and proof reading. The book is absolutely full of typos, gramatical errors, missing/extra letters & words, missing/extra punctuation and duplicate adverbs used twice in the same sentence, which just feels amateurish.
I struggle to understand why the author would use a poorly edited copy to promote her other books and why, after so many other reviews pointing out the huge number of errors, she hasn't taken the time to go back and fine tune it.
It could have been 3 or maybe 4 stars but with all those errors it distracted me from the actual story so I think I'm being overly generous with giving it 2 stars.
The book was part of a 5 book boxed set but I very much doubt I'll bother with the rest after the poor experience with this one.