Elizabeth George Message Board

Deborah posts on 12/1/2005 11:25:08 PM I've been a fan of Elizabeth George since I took her first Lynley novel with me on my Hawaiian honeymoon in 1988. I have always loved the depth, beauty and complexity of her writing. That being said, I am extremely disappointed in her choice to make 5-month-pregnant Helen Lynley a brain dead random crime victim. It would have been bad enough if it was just Helen whose life was destroyed (and I've always liked Helen's breezy personality and was pleased when Lynley finally moved past Deborah and found true love with Helen), but to make Lynley decide whether or not to keep her alive to bring their child to term was horrible. It has left me feeling depressed for the last few days, which makes me angry because I know it's just a book! The Lynley I've enjoyed cannot possibly be the same after this (who could?!), and I'm not sure I want to know the "new" man he'll become. If Elizabeth George wants to remind us that in life bad things often happen to good people, I'd like to tell her, "Yes, we know that already!" We see examples all around us in daily life...but to fictionally force us to experience mindless, meaningless tragedy accomplishes nothing. I was angry when a few years ago author Dana Stabenow killed off one of her main characters in a senseless act, and now here it is again. I honestly don't see how George can continue the series in a way that I'll enjoy after this. Of course, she is the writer and can do whatever she likes. Still, I feel betrayed and don't know if I have the desire to see where she attempts to go after this. If anything at all makes me come back, it will be Barbara Havers! Let's hope she doesn't decide to kill her off next.
Susan Andres posts on 10/24/2005 6:36:14 PM Warning: SPOILER! Can anyone here explain why the killer took the black leather jacket as well as the waterproof from the murder site?
Joan Hickey posts on 8/23/2005 5:03:28 AM Some years ago I read all the Elizabeth George books I could lay my hands on. A few weeks ago I bought A Place of Hiding, looking forward to a good read. What a disappointment. It is tedious and boring and factually incorrect, far too drawn out and miserable. Where has the story-teller gone? I got the feeling she is anti-American, anti-Irish,(with a husband called McCabe!) anti-German and not too fond of men. Guernsey sounded a most horrible dreary place, though I believe it is quite beautiful. Their police force read like The Keystone Cops. And that her murdered should be an American with a most unlikely name and a stupid brother with an even worse one! I was suspicious from page one. It will be a long time before I buy an Elizabeth George again. Joan Hickey

robin posts on 8/6/2005 7:25:56 PM I agree! The death of Helen was shocking! And quite unnecessary, i thought. Intruiging hug from her neighbor. (Barbara's). Great development of her character in this book. Her sadness at the end that she isn't perhaps seen by Lynley as a friend was very moving.
Nancy posts on 8/3/2005 10:32:16 PM I agree with Daniel, the interplay between the two couples was excellent and I always found Helen so down-to-earth and entertaining. I'm sorry to see her killed off. I'm eager to see how my heroine, Barbara, fares in the next novels. That hug from her neighbor at the end of the book piqued my interest. Could there possibly be a romance for the dear woman? I don't understand the questions from "Aunt Walrus" and Carole. Which books were you referring to? I'm sorry to admit that I'm too lazy to figure out Al from TX question. I know that "I, Richard," and "A Place of Hiding" do not include Linley. In fact, "...Hiding" focuses on Deborah and Simon St. James.
aunt walrus posts on 7/2/2005 4:28:54 PM i'm sure this is me BUT (trying not to give anything away) - how did the murderer know the combination of the lock to the place of hiding?????
Al from TX posts on 5/21/2005 10:22:38 PM Can someone supply me with a list of the Lynley books that is chronological, not according to when they were published, but according to "real time" in the books? Also, in which book does Lynley have an affair with Deborah? Thanks!
Daniel posts on 4/18/2005 1:17:32 PM Was no one else really unhappy that Helen Lynley was killed off? In past books, I really enjoyed the interplay between Thomas, Helen, Simon, and Deborah. I wish this book had more of them (in a personal sense) in it. This book almost felt more technical and a bit less interesting from a human nature perspective.I didn't feel that I had really "gotten" as much from this book as in previous ones.
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