Friday, July 04, 2008
Quiet Girl- Mixed Book Review
Today I finished The Quiet Girl by Peter Hoeg while enjoying the sun in my backyard. It was a dark book, a cross between Rosemary's Baby and Davinci code played out by circus performers in Copenhagen, Denmark. I chose the book based on having the experience of visiting Denmark over two years ago. The character descriptions were dead on about the Danish people and the hustle, bustle of Copenhagen.
The story is of a clown with extrasensory abilities to hear, and he is able to use his talents to find a kidnapped, young girl with powers of her own. There is intrigue with a religious order, government and big business interferences. There are characters that Kasper Krone the clown has to interact with to achieve finding the girl, some he can trust, others that he reads into through the sounds around them to figure out that they are evil. Throughout the book these characters return and that is my only complaint, it's all too convenient how some appear again.
Did I love the book? No, but I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it, but not as a beach read. I had to have time to read the book without interruption to keep up with the story. It was different from what I normally read and it was good for my brain. I am still trying to figure out the connections and how it really ended.