The Dark Room Unbound – Oct 13 1995
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As readers of The Echo have already discovered, Walters knows how to spin a fine web of terror and psychological deception out of the most familiar ingredients. This brooding and engrossing book, just out in paperback, begins with that slightly frayed item of genre linen, the heroine waking up in a hospital and not remembering how she got there. But Walters quickly sets a lively, inventive table: not only has Jinx Kingsley forgotten her auto accident, but also the murders of her fiancé and her former best friend that preceded it. Of course Jinx didn't do it, and of course Walters will get her off the hook--or will she? --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
British suspense writer Walters, each of whose previous books (The Ice House, The Sculptress and The Scold's Bridle) has won an award, now has a new publisher and a big promotional push behind her. Unfortunately, the new book is her weakest to date?overplotted and rather unconvincing. It rests on an interesting premise, however: its heroine, Jinx Kingsley, who has been found drunk and disoriented on an abandoned airfield in Wiltshire after apparently trying to kill herself by wrecking her car, is suspected of several murders?but can't, after her accident, remember anything that happened for several vital days. Her husband had been mysteriously killed some years before?and now her fiance and the girlfriend with whom he has been cheating on Jinx are missing. Can her powerful millionaire father be involved? And what about the man who is savagely attacking prostitutes in the area? As Jinx tries, in a local clinic run by sympathetic Dr. Alan Protheroe, to recover her memory and exorcise dark terrors hovering at the edge of her mind, several well-observed police investigators dig out fragments of her story. But that story is so complicated, and filled with such a welter of walk-on characters, many of them ultimately insignificant, that the reader loses patience. Jinx herself is not made sufficiently sympathetic to win interest, her growing affection for Dr. Protheroe seems half-hearted and the ultimate murderer, when finally unmasked, comes right out of left field. Walters is highly talented, but perhaps she is working too fast. 75,000 first printing; major ad/promo; Literary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The characters are interesting and the pace is good. The only reason I have not given it a five star rating is that I felt that the ending was a bit too happy and optimistic - out of character for some of the personalities in the story.
If you have read and enjoyed any of Minette Walters' books before, then you will not be disappointed with The Echo. If you have not read one of her books, this is a good first read. If you like The Echo, then try The Ice House and the Sculptress as well.
The book kept me reading, and fascinated. Jinx was a strongly drawn character and conflicted enough that you buy the fact that people have doubts about her innocence. The ending was unfortunately disappointing for being overly convoluted. It may not live up to the standard of The Scold's Bridal, but it's a well-written book.
Most recent customer reviews
Hints and clues abound, but the ending still carries some surprises. Characterization is uneven and it's hard to come away saying "I cared about x or y" -- but it's a... Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2002 by Maureen
While her style is gripping, her female characters very strong, and romance is kept to a minimum, I am also glad that this was not my first exposure to Ms.Walters. Read morePublished on May 28 2000 by P. Sibun
This book was my introduction to Minette Walters-I have since read two more titles by her! This book was full of suspense--and it was the first storyline involving amnesia and... Read morePublished on April 30 2000 by Roberta B. Dugan
Following the example set in "The Sculptress," Ms. Walters has crafted yet another thriller that leaves the question in your mind: did they nab the right person? Read morePublished on Dec 21 1999
I have read all of Minette Walter's books and I am constantly surprised. With each book her writing gets stronger and the plots get even more interesting. Read morePublished on Dec 2 1999 by Karen Bierman Hirsh
An enveloping murder mistery with psychological streaks which grows and grips as one advaces into the final chapters. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 1999 by Manuel Gwiazda
Very wonderful book! My first read at a Minette Walters' mystery, although I've heard fondly of her other works. Very suspenseful, and I totally did not think of the ending ... Read morePublished on Sept. 17 1999
A satisfying psychological mystery from one of the best practitioners in the field, but not up to the level of The Ice House or The Sculptress. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 1998