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Caedmon's Song (Magna Popular Series (Large Print)) Hardcover

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750503475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750503471
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
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As "Caedmon’s Song" opens, young Kirsten, a student just finishing her undergraduate studies at an unnamed university in the north of England, is savagely attacked while walking home through a park one night; left for dead, the only reason she survives is that her body is discovered by chance by a passing stranger and his dog. Meanwhile, researcher and would-be author Martha Browne travels to Whitby, looking for someone or something mysterious, which she hopes will be attainable; after all, she has prepared so diligently for this search…. This is a stand-alone psychological thriller by Peter Robinson, best known for his Detective Inspector Alan Banks series, set in Yorkshire; it is very dark, but quite compelling. I figured out a major plot point relatively early, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the novel at all; in fact, it might have ratcheted up the suspense just that much more! Gruesome in parts, but if you don’t mind some disturbing imagery, well worth your time; recommended.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa17c78d0) out of 5 stars Stunning. Jan. 7 2002
By Trasie Fowler - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I didn't want to believe that the theme of this book was "Monster Begets Monster" but that's exactly what it is, to me. The book is most certainly about a serial killer, but with none of the usual intrusion of police investigative themes. No real forensics. The absence of this, surprisingly, did not take away from the strength of the book. It is most certainly a hunt for the killer, but the hunter is not the usual hunter featured in such stories. For certain, this is a study in trauma; a unique look at victimology.
Add to this vivid scenery of English countrysides and fishing villages, careful character planning, and almost effortless plot development, and this book is most definately a stunner.
If you don't read this one, you're mad.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa17b6bf4) out of 5 stars This Author's Books are Compulsive Reading April 26 2007
By J. Chippindale - Published on
Format: Paperback
Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and is the author of a number of previous novels featuring Inspector Banks. He is the winner of numerous awards in the United States, Britain and Canada, and in 2002 he won the CWA Dagger in the Library. As I also come from Leeds the background to his stories is something that I have experienced first hand and because of this I have a special affection for his books. However they would be first class crime fiction wherever they were based.

It's a warm summer night and a young university student, Kirsten has not got a care in the world as she strolls home through a moonlit park. Suddenly here tranquil mood is shattered as she is brutally attacked. Later when she wakes up in hospital. She has no recollection of that night, or who attacked her. But then, slowly, as if in a waking nightmare the details slowly begin to reveal themselves . . .
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2956924) out of 5 stars Great reading, an excellent novel. Feb. 2 2010
By Belle du Jour - Published on
Format: Paperback
Peter Robinson is one hell of a good writer. I have read his entire Inspector Banks series and every single novel is terrific, compulsive reading. Whilst Caedmon's Song is a departure from his Inspector Banks series, the novel is just as compulsive and quite frankly, terrific.

Kirsten, a young uni graduate attacked and left for dead by a serial killer, survives the attack but with terrible, disfiguring injuries. The novel tells the story of Kirsten's recovery, side-by-side with the vigilante journey of Kirsten's avenging angel alter-ego, Martha Browne. Whilst slightly confusing to begin with, the structure of the novel soon becomes utterly gripping as Kirsten/Martha goes to extraordinary length to track down her attacker in order to extract her own form of justice.

As a psychological thriller, the book succeeds mightily. I devoured it in one-and-a-bit sittings! A fantastic read that pulls you in from page one and never lets go. I have no hesitation in rating it 5 star and urge all lovers of the psychological thriller/crime genre to read it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa14ef9f0) out of 5 stars The First Cut Aug. 30 2008
By Craobh Rua - Published on
Format: Paperback
Peter Robinson was born in Yorkshire in 1950, and is probably best known for his series of Inspector Banks novels. "Caedmon's Song" was first published in 1990, and was the first of his books set away from Banks' world.

Whitby is a coastal town in the north-east of England, and apparently relies heavily on the fishing and tourism industries. When Martha Browne arrives in Whitby in the early autumn, she doesn't have much bother finding a guest house. However, while she tells her landlord she's in town to research a book, it's pretty clear she's arrived to cause someone in Whitby a great deal of trouble. More than that, it seems she may be a little unhinged. (She has arrived with a `talisman' - a small, glass paperweight - and appears to believe that Caedmon - a poet who lived in Whitby in the 7th Century - "was the one who had called her here.")

Kirsten, on the other hand, has just finished her university exams, and will soon be graduating with first class honours. She's originally from just outside Bath, in the south of England - which, of course, means a rich family - although she chose to study in the north. In a bid to stay away from home, she and her boyfriend, Galen, are planning on taking postgrad courses in Toronto. On the night we meet her, she's celebrating her exam results with some friends - although Galen is at home, following his grandmother's death. The group of friends have had their difficulties over the years, but they've all remained close. (Hugo would prefer he and Kirsten were a little closer, but she's a devoted girlfriend to Galen). After being thrown out of the pub, they go to a party at a friends place for a while. Kirsten leaves alone, and walks home through the park - where she is, unfortunately, attacked. She only comes round ten days later, in hospital, with no memory of what happened to her. However, bearing in mind what actually happened to her, that may be something of a blessing...

The book switches back and forward, laying out Kirsten's recovery and Martha's search side by side. Martha seems a very cold, calculating individual and there's very little in the way of warmth or tenderness about her - but, right from the off, there's clearly a link between the two women. It doesn't take too long to figure out exactly what the link is - I suspect most will have it worked out a little more quickly than Robinson hoped for when he wrote the book. It's a little unbelievable at times, and it is a little dated too - you wuoldn't get a B&B for £9.50 today, while Kirsten's music collection is largely on cassette and not CD (or even MP3s, for that matter). At times, I found Robinson's writing is so formal it was nearly funny : Russell, apparently, "sure knew how to choose party music" while one of Kirsten's doctors actually says "And so you jolly well should". However, it's an easy enough read overall and it's a good deal better than some others I've read recently.
HASH(0xa2086564) out of 5 stars A departure from DCI Banks novels April 29 2015
By Tina in Florida - Published on
Format: Paperback
I should pay better attention when I order books. This is a novel by Peter Robinson, the Yorkshireman who writes the Inspector Banks series. This book, Caedemon’s Song, did not feature Banks at all and I have to say I was disappointed when I realized this. But….my fault for not carefully reading the description before I clicked “buy”, right?

Robinson stated he wanted to take a break from the DCI Banks series and write from the victim’s point of view, rather than the police procedural type. The premise of this story revolves around a young lady named Kirsten who was brutally attacked one evening as she walks home alone through a park. The wounds she suffers are horrific. She survived only because she was found by a man walking his dog, otherwise she would have bled out. Kirsten wakes up in hospital over a week later, unaware of what happened to her. She has no memory of the attack. Her parents are in the hospital room with her, concerned about the injuries and how they will affect the rest of her life. The police question her, desperate to find her attacker but no matter how hard she tries she has no recollection of that night.

More women are attacked but they do not survive. Kirsten undergoes hypnotic therapy and slowly, the nightmare of the attack and details surface. She provides the police with as much detail as she cares to share with them but decides she has her own agenda as far as her attacker goes. I can’t reveal any more without spoiling the storyline.

I am a big fan of Peter Robinson but I will say I prefer the Inspector Banks series over this story. Well written, kept me reading and the first clue confirming what I suspected didn’t appear until 30 pages before the end. So that’s good, the reader didn’t have it all figured out early on.

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