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Finding Stevie

Finding Stevie

Escrito por Cathy Glass

Narrado por Denica Fairman


Finding Stevie

Escrito por Cathy Glass

Narrado por Denica Fairman

avaliações:
4.5/5 (21 avaliações)
Comprimento:
8 horas
Lançado em:
Feb 21, 2019
ISBN:
9780008324315
Formato:
Audiolivro

Descrição

The true story of Stevie, aged 14, who is struggling with his gender identity when he is fostered by Cathy after his erratic behaviour brought his caregivers up short.
Lançado em:
Feb 21, 2019
ISBN:
9780008324315
Formato:
Audiolivro


Sobre o autor

Cathy has been a foster carer for over 25 years, during which time she has looked after more than 100 children, of all ages and backgrounds. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym. Cathy has written 16 books, including bestselling memoirs Cut, Hidden and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell.

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  • (4/5)
    Another great book in the series and love the main characters. This one is better than the last one. There are complicated side lines to distract you from the main story line and it all tied together at the end. However, I am also left wondering the loose end of the side story (Madeline).
  • (4/5)
    This is the first book I've read by Camilla Läckberg and I really enjoyed it. It wasn't as hard boiled as some crime novels, but nor was it cosy crime. It was cleverly plotted, with a slower pace than I'm used to, but that made it more enjoyable. I really liked how the personal lives of the police officers were woven into the crime investigation, and had impact on how they carried out their work.
  • (3/5)
    This is an English translation of a book published in 2009.It is part of a series written about characters in the Swedish town of Fjallbacka.The theme of this one is abuse, specifically spousal abuse . That theme is played out in different segments both in the past and the present. It takes awhile for the reader to be able to link all of this together and move the story along. At some points it feels too fragmented . The common characters from the past books in the series, are central to the plot line. Descriptions of the scenery and life in this small Swedish town are excellent.Read as an ARC from NetGalley.
  • (3/5)
    Camilla Lackberg is hugely popular in her native Sweden, and I've been meaning to pick up her Patrick and Erica series, but I'm not sure if I should have started with this book. I didn't feel like I missed anything jumping into the series, and if characters develop over a series timeline, it should give you the urge to go back and read previous books. This one didn't. That said, it's a well written police procedural with a mysterious back story, but I thought the side plot featuring two embezzlers was unnecessary and not fully flushed out, and that one of the key plot points at the end of the book to help solve the main mystery was just thrown in.
  • (5/5)
    The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg; (4 1/2*)Lackberg uses her winning formula to intertwine parallel stories in this outing with supernatural folklore. Underneath there are the author's familiar themes of parent & child relationships, the complexities of domestic violence, post partum depression and mental illness along with social norms and a changing Sweden.In a devastating car crash Ericka was forced to undergo a caesarian, giving birth to premature twin boys. Her sister, Anna, suffered a spontaneous abortion, losing she & husband, Dan's infant son. To compound the tragedy Ericka's husband, Detective Patrik Hedström, immediately collapsed from what appeared to be a heart attack. But months have passed, and finally all is well within their household. Patrik's heart attack turned out to be a stress related incident. The twins are thriving, the two-year-old sister dotes on them and both Ericka and Patrik are fully recovered. Against this backdrop, six other stories begin to unravel. A former classmate of Ericka's has hidden in her cottage on a nearby island with her five-year-old son. In flashbacks to the 1870s, a young woman living on the same island has been virtually enslaved by her cruel husband. A battered wife and her two children are holed up in Copenhagen, having fled Sweden. I found this to be the best of this series thus far. And had it not been for the 'snooze' of a background story-line about a brother and sister team of con artists, I would have given this book 5 stars.
  • (4/5)
    Another mystery masterpiece by Camilla Lackberg! When a man is discovered shot in the head in his flat, the Tanumshede police, led by Patrick Hedstrom, are on the case. With a murderer on the loose all the police can do is examine the crime scene and delve into the victim, Mats Sverin's life. What they find, no one would imagine.

    Meanwhile Erica, Patrick's wife, is managing their twins and daughter while investigating the ghost stories of a nearby island. Are the stories true? If someone dies on Graskar island, do their souls really stay on the island?

    Lackberg utilizes multiple character perspectives in her gradual development of this story, as well as a flashback plot from the 1870s. She is an expert when it comes to surprising endings and this novel does not let you down.
  • (5/5)
    This is another great read by this author. Anna is having bad luck again and Patrick is still hard at work in the police force. It is quite sad in places but an enthral long read.
  • (3/5)
    Im idyllischen Fjällbacka wird Mats ermordet, sympathisch und allseits beliebt. Niemand, wirklich niemand hat auch nur eine Vermutung wer dahinter stecken könnte. Die Polizei tappt lange im Dunklen, da das Opfer über sein Privatleben nichts verlauten ließ. Ob seine vorletzte Tätigkeit in Göteborg damit zusammenhängt, die Arbeit in einem Frauenhaus?
    Dieser Krimi wirkt auf den ersten Blick eher wie eine große Familien- oder Stadtgeschichte. Auf den ersten rund 50 Seiten werden kurz nacheinander mehrere sehr unterschiedliche Handlungsstränge eingeführt mit zahlreichen verschiedenen Personen. Hier die Übersicht zu bewahren ist nicht ganz einfach. Nach und nach bilden sich die einzelnen Geschichten dann heraus und man beginnt zu vermuten, wie was womit vielleicht zusammenhängen könnte. Das Prestigeobjekt Fjällbackas, bei dem Millionen auf dem Spiel stehen und auch Mats eingebunden war. Annie, die mit blutigen Händen und ihrem Sohn Sam auf ihre geliebte Geisterinsel zurückkehrt. Die privaten Geschichten von Paula und Johanna, Erica und Patrik, Anna und Don. Und die Uraltgeschichte von Emelie und ihrer Familie.
    Zugegebenermaßen alles ein bisschen viel, aber das Ganze liest sich so leicht und flott weg, dass man schnell den Überblick über alles hat. Leider bleiben die Charaktere recht blass, es ist schlicht niemand dabei der einem so richtig im Gedächtnis bleiben wird. Der Plot ist größtenteils logisch aufgebaut, nur manchmal werden die falschen Fährten etwas zu überdeutlich ausgelegt. Etwas suptiler könnte nicht schaden. Auch das Ende wird überzeugend, wenn auch nicht sooo verblüffend vermittelt, die richtigen Überraschungseffekte blieben aus - zumindest für mich. Die Anleihe an Mystery-Krimis war ganz nett, hätte aber besser sein können. Zugegeben, durch die Krimis von Johan Theorin bin ich wohl etwas verwöhnt :-)
    Alles in allem ein besserer Durchschnittskrimi, der ein unterhaltsames Lesewochenende garantiert. Und das ist ja nicht wenig.
  • (4/5)
    A new story from the most dangerous small town of Sweden.The usual quality, well written good story, although two 'end surprise' can be easily found out quite early.
  • (4/5)
    Returning to work after a health scare, Patrik Hedström and his team must investigate the murder of Fjallbacka’s new town finance officer, Mats Sverin. Mats had recently moved back to his hometown from Göteborg. Before he died, he had concerns about the town’s joint venture with private investors to renovate and reopen a spa. Was the murder related to his work? Or could it have been related to the job he left in Göteborg working for a shelter for battered women?On the home front, Erica has recovered from the car accident that ended the last book on a cliffhanger. She and Patrik are now the parents of twin boys. Erica’s sister, Anna, wasn’t as fortunate. Anna survived the accident, but her unborn son did not. Anna’s withdrawal from her family alarms Erica. She also provides some assistance with Patrik’s investigation since the murder victim had been her high school classmate.It should be no surprise to the reader that lost boys are a theme in the book. The murder victim is his parents’ only son, and Erica’s sister, Anna has lost a son. Abused women and domestic violence are another theme in this book. Two women from the murder victim’s past have been subject to domestic violence, as has Erica’s sister, Anna. There is also a touching tribute to the author’s father in this book.I’ve noticed a great improvement in the writing/translation over the course of the series. The main plot in this installment is well executed, with a surprising twist at the end of the investigation. However, a couple of the minor elements weren’t explained to my satisfaction. I also didn’t care for the supernatural elements in the plot.
  • (4/5)
    This is the seventh entry in Lackberg's Erica Falck/Patrik Hedstrom novels, and it holds its own in that excellent series. This novel mixes present day crimes with a mystery from the past, with a frisson of a ghost story tossed in. The plotting is tight and compelling, with several story lines unfolding in parallel, and becoming more and more intertwined as the novel progresses. Characters are sharply drawn and fully rounded. Running into the regular cast, on the home front and at the police station, is like meeting old friends, while the new characters are convincing. I wish there were more books in this series available in English: it's a real treasure.