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The Last Winter of Dani Lancing: A Novel (vuoden 2013 painos)

– tekijä: P. D. Viner

Sarjat: Dani Lancing (1)

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Twenty years ago, college student Dani Lancing was kidnapped and brutally murdered. The killer was never found. Dani's family never found peace. Thrust into an intense devastation that nearly destroys their marriage, Patty and Jim Lancing struggle to deal with their harrowing loss. Dani's childhood sweetheart, Tom, handles his own grief every day on the job--he's become a detective intent on solving murders of other young women, and hopes to one day close Dani's case himself. hen everything changes when Tom finds a promising new lead. As lies and secrets are unearthed, the heartbreaking truth behind Dani's murder is finally revealed.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:TomDonaghey
Teoksen nimi:The Last Winter of Dani Lancing: A Novel
Kirjailijat:P. D. Viner
Info:Crown (2013), Hardcover, 400 pages
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I love a good mystery but this one was, well it was not good. I found it to be slow and slightly repetitive yet as usual I wanted to find out whodunit. I also didn't like the jumping back and forth in time as I found that a little hard to follow.

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  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
This book was just not very good. With shifting points of view in the third person and no clear understanding of what was going on until the middle of it I found myself growing increasingly bored and just grossed out at times.

We have four characters to keep track of in this book. Dani Lancing, her mother and father Patty and Jim, and Tom, Dani's boyfriend from when they were kids.

I have to say that sometimes you will come across books out there that have no sympathetic characters at all. Those are the hardest books to finish for me because you just don't care what happens to the characters and when that happens you don't have a really big incentive to finish the book. Anything you make up in your head will always be better than the ending anyway.

With regards to this book, except for the character of Jim, I ended up disliking Dani's mother and found her ex Tom beyond creepy and obsessed.

It did not help that the narrative kept jumping from the past to the present and back again and as a reader I found it to be a very long winding road trying to understand how Dani died and who was ultimately responsible for her murder. Once that was ultimately revealed I just felt annoyed by the constant 'red herrings' that were strewn about the place. The ending was just awful and it leaves you scratching your head wondering why you wasted your time reading this book.

Please note that I was provided this book for free via the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for a honest review. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
SO TERRIBLE. ( )
  kemilyh1988 | Jan 16, 2017 |
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Dear Reader,

This particular psychological thriller caught my eye from the "Before I Go to Sleep" reference in the blurb, a book which I really enjoyed. I find this genre can be very redundant and predictable which is why you don't find me running out to grab the "latest". I do however, LOVE a really good thriller and sometimes will take chances on them. This one was a bit of a letdown, the story itself was original but the ending left much to be desired. The main characters (Dani, Jim Lancing, Patty Lancing & Detective Tom Bevans) all had serious faults, which really elevated this book for me. The characters alone have saved this book from a lower rating.

The story follows these characters backward and forward through time. This is slightly hard to follow but the Author helps us by giving dates with every chapter. I noticed that some chapters moved through time as well, and this was where things started getting harder to follow. Once you got into the feel of things though, it was smooth sailing. I could see someone giving up on this book much too early because of that. Luckily, I'm used to time jumping stories and this didn't bother me enough to put the book down. As the story unravels, we see the characters start to fall apart, giving us multiple layers of personality. This made it hard to predict what was going to happen and even predict what had happened.

The ending, without giving it away... all I'll say is that it had the twists you'd expect a psychological thriller to have but it seemed rushed. I'm not a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers that give this HUGE reveal at the end (this always seems so rushed to me). I like when you get clues along the way and when the reveal happens, it'll bring up all those points along the way. This gives you the right as a reader to predict the ending, one of the most satisfying or shocking feelings to an excellent thriller. However, this was one story that wasn't predictable... and not in the good way. The ending was enough to keep you satiated but the Author went in a direction that took the fun out of reading this genre. I'll look forward to read something else by this Author in the future to see if this has changed. Phil Viner can write, and he can develop superb characters but the story falls a little short here.

So, reader... are you looking for a unique mystery/thriller? This is certainly unique.

Happy Reading,
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  yougotamber | Aug 22, 2014 |
Oh goodness gracious…If you like books where literally every single character has you giving your book or e-reader “the face” even though they can’t see you this is the book for you.
Dani Lancing seemed to have it all. A promising future, loving parents and a trusty best friend that is until she was found murdered. This murder had remained unsolved for decades and it tore those close to her apart. Her father claimed to see her everywhere he went, her mother left her father and never gave up on finding her killer, and her best friend Tom never stopped loving her despite being with many women after her death. Nearly twenty years later and Tom (a policeman) has received news that Dani’s forensic evidence could be analyzed with new technology in hopes to find her murderer which brings new and hidden details to light to everyone involved in Dani’s life: An unrequited love, a concealed love affair, an unresolved fight and a huge cover-up.
This book has no character that comes out innocent at the end, everyone has their faults and mistakes.
The book isn’t written in chronological order, it skips to events of Dani’s life and then back to “real life”. I found this a bit problematic in the beginning but got used to it quickly.
Get ready for a whirlwind of emotions and anger because this book is full of them…though not necessarily a bad thing. ( )
  Jessika.C | Jun 23, 2014 |
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Twenty years ago, college student Dani Lancing was kidnapped and brutally murdered. The killer was never found. Dani's family never found peace. Thrust into an intense devastation that nearly destroys their marriage, Patty and Jim Lancing struggle to deal with their harrowing loss. Dani's childhood sweetheart, Tom, handles his own grief every day on the job--he's become a detective intent on solving murders of other young women, and hopes to one day close Dani's case himself. hen everything changes when Tom finds a promising new lead. As lies and secrets are unearthed, the heartbreaking truth behind Dani's murder is finally revealed.

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