Water Music

Water Music When an emaciated three year old is found on an icy hillside on the brink of death profiler Clare Hart discovers no one has reported the dark haired boy as missing To further complicate matters a di

  • Title: Water Music
  • Author: Margie Orford
  • ISBN: 9781868423965
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • When an emaciated three year old is found on an icy hillside on the brink of death, profiler Clare Hart discovers no one has reported the dark haired boy as missing.To further complicate matters, a distraught woman approaches Clare to find her granddaughter, a gifted cellist, who has abandoned her music scholarship and been lured in by a reclusive religious sect and its chWhen an emaciated three year old is found on an icy hillside on the brink of death, profiler Clare Hart discovers no one has reported the dark haired boy as missing.To further complicate matters, a distraught woman approaches Clare to find her granddaughter, a gifted cellist, who has abandoned her music scholarship and been lured in by a reclusive religious sect and its charismatic leader.As Clare investigates these two cases, the murder of a young couple makes her suspect they are linked in ways she initially finds impossible to fathom But as the case becomes clearer, she realizes even is at stake than one girl s life

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    1. Water Music, A Clare Hart Mystery by Margie Orford is a 2014 Witness Impulse publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book I have read in this series and I have to say these are riveting and unique mysteries. Clare's character sets the tone for the series. She is a complicated woman not given to extreme emotions other than an occasional fit of temper which is usually aimed at someone preventing her from do [...]

    2. I read this in one day, just couldn't put it down. Not just because it was exciting, but it really was emotional, tugged at my heartstrings. This is not the touristy Cape Town we like to imagine, but a very gritty story about violence against women in particular, and the consequences of poverty. Corruption at the highest levels and the conflict between police and unions in a post-apartheid South Africa are also tangentially addressed. This is my first Margie Orford, but it certainly won't be my [...]

    3. Orford at her best!Fast paced, twisty story line, gutsy Cape Town at its bestUnderlying digs at government and corruption and not many redeeming moments to allow you to relax as you are forced to turn the pages even if you will not make that meeting in time.The book was read in one 5 hour car journey, which passed in a flashThe only problem I have with this writer is she cannot write fast enough.

    4. A taute fast paced thriller with an intriguing main character in die form of police profiler Dr Clare Hart and her lover, the sexy-cool capt Riedwaan Faizal. Orford lifts the pretty lid off beautiful Hout Bay - and with incredibly explosive results!

    5. Water Music, A Clare Hart Mystery by Margie Orford is a 2014 Witness Impulse publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book I have read in this series and I have to say these are riveting and unique mysteries. Clare's character sets the tone for the series. She is a complicated woman not given to extreme emotions other than an occasional fit of temper which is usually aimed at someone preventing her from do [...]

    6. First one I've read in this series, and the 5th book, so I felt like a lot of previous information was missing, but I picked it up at the library without realising. Crime series set in Cape Town following a woman described on the back as a profiler, although I wouldn't have figured that out just from this book, Dr Clare Hart. Clare works with the child protection team, but they seem to be affiliated with neither the police, the medical community nor any kind of governmental social services team, [...]

    7. This was a quick read, and pretty engaging, particularly as the story went on. It took me a while to get into the writing style, which I thought could have used more polish - a lot of this was heavy on telling, rather than showing, which meant that the dialogue felt unnatural and awkward throughout. The villains also felt cartoonishly villainous, and Clare bustling off on her own to fight crime made her feel more like Nancy Drew than anyone actually involved in law enforcement.Still, I liked Cla [...]

    8. Police profiler Dr Clare Hart’s life is in turmoil. She is facing a personal crisis, her lover is deep undercover, and her special unit to investigate child-related crimes is being threatened by politics and bureaucracy. The discovery of an emaciated child in the mountains above Hout Bay forces her to put her personal life on hold, and she’s soon deeply involved in two seemingly unrelated cases. With time running out and the bodies piling up, Dr Hart has no choice but to pursue her leads alo [...]

    9. The fifth novel in Orford’s Clare Hart series and as tension-filled as the first four. Death is never just a hook for the story in these books; it has significance as the curtailment or prevention of something of value, warmth and sentience; it matters. There is compassion for the bleak, lonely or horrific ends of the victims. This one develops into a cold-sweat race against time. With a side-plot of corruption/political interference to frustrate their urgent attempts to unravel the sinister t [...]

    10. I liked this story set is Cape Town, South Africa. Some of the names and terminology was a little difficult to get used to but the story and characters were wonderful and likable. This was a mystery thriller centered on missing children and the country's attempt to solve their disappearance. Clair, the hero of the book is tough and tenacious. Even though the bureaucrats are trying to shut down her unit, she works hard to finish up the cases that are still unsolved. This is the 5th book in the Cl [...]

    11. A very fast and exciting read-set in and around the Cape Peninsula,South Africa- with some really horrifying scary parts but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    12. Извинявам се за паралелите с друг автор, но да четеш криминале от Марджи Орфорд, точно след като си прочел криминале от Деон Мейер, се оказва, че не е най-добрата последователност. При него имаш една принципно добра по душа и излъчваща оптимизъм Южна Африка, в която, доколкот [...]

    13. If I'd known what this book is about--extreme abuse and torture of women and children--I wouldn't have read it. This is the first of this series I've read and unfortunately it is probably the last. I liked the SA background, Clare and her lover, and the good-guy minor characters, including a crucial sniffer dog. And the corrupt politics are depressingly plausible. Which is the reason for the three stars. But the story . . . no. This kind of thing is why I gave up reading mysteries for about a de [...]

    14. I loved the twists and turns of this book, the truly unknowable nature of the next chapter. As I read I could not guess what had happened, how this little girl had been left alone under some plastic, tethered to a tree; how Rosa went missing three weeks ago and no one has noticed until now. Who was really involved? Who knows more than they are telling? And what do they know? Why are they keeping secrets? My mind was spinning with questions and I read on compulsively.

    15. I think that this Clare Hart story might be my favorite! Margie Orford writes incredible characters. Clare Hart is such a strong woman, able to see the world through a different lens and find connections that would have been missed by those around her. This story evokes so many emotions from the reader. There is frustration, anger, and sadness. There is also hope and a sense of second chances and renewal. In many Crime/Thriller novels it is difficult to feel like there is hope when you finish. Q [...]

    16. Water Music is the first Margie Orford novel I’ve picked up. Why? Well because I really really liked the cover. A girl playing a cello on a patio with the woods in the background - it just screams pick me up! It was only later when I realised it was actually the fifth book in the Clare Hart series. But even though I was not familiar with the character at all, Water Music is so well written I feel like I’ve known Dr Clare Hart for longer. I did get the sense that there was something I’m mis [...]

    17. A young child is found in the woods. Left to die, left for safe keeping, or left for someone to find and save? The child can't speak and is barely alive. Clare Hart is assigned to figure out who did this and why. She is also asked to find a gifted cellist who has gone missing from her grandfather. The girl is out of her age range, but she feels compelled to help find out what happened to her. Additionally, Clare is in a bit of a personal mess. She is in a relationship she can't take to the next [...]

    18. I am new to Margie Orford writing. I love to explore new authors. For me Water Music is a unputdownable thriller that sits right at the top of tree. I can see that Margie cares deeply about all of her characters. It is easy to believe every character and every scene. Spinning into the story, Cassie takes a nice canter on her horse through Bridle Path in Cape Town. The Bridle Path is rarely used in summer and never used in winter. As Cassie is riding through Bridle Path disaster takes a toll as t [...]

    19. Crime writing: sets a scene and we are hooked to find out who survives and who does not and how it all unfolds. It is a trap. At its best the writing compensates and opens up a world of interesting people and places. However, I was disappointed by this first book of Margie Orfords that I have read. I get the sense that she has rushed it, churned it out. The pace is full on, but after a while I found it all too unbelievable and it annoyed me. The several editing mistakes I found added to my annoy [...]

    20. I love the Clare Hart series, the books are filled with suspense and you just want to read another page, and another! I also like these books as they are based in Cape Town and surroundings, which is very familiar to me, and therefore the book becomes more personalized. Her characters is also very well defined and described. I also like Margie Orford's writing style of short chapters, this makes it easy to fit in a chapter or two in the 5 minutes you have available, and also allows you to read " [...]

    21. Thoroughly gripping story with a bittersweet end. I’d never heard of this series before and I imagine readers of the previous books following the protagonist, Dr Clare Hart, will have different opinions about her. She initially wasn’t easy to warm to but, by the end, I thought she was a good example of a strong female lead character. The story – all I can say is HARROWING! And the saddest part is I could easily see it all happening. I won’t say any more than that. If you like true-to-lif [...]

    22. The discovery of a young girl, barely alive, and a missing cellist form the basis of the case. Better than the previous one, I still find these books superficial and cannot bring myself to care about or connect with any of the characters. Thus makes reading them rather clinical. Clare Hart annoys me the most with the unending 'yes/no' drama. Rating : 3 stars.

    23. Missing child from a eliete music school is investigated by Clare Hart in the next installment of this series. I really enjoyed this book, more than some of the others in this series because it focused less on the politics of law enforcement in South Africa and more on the case. It kept me guessing until the very end

    24. Meh.Ok, it is nice to read a novel set in our "back yard" so to speak.But. It's predictable, formulaic and really worth no more than light distraction whilst standing in the queue to renew a drivers license.

    25. The only downfall of this book is that I finished the series. Kept me captivated through 5 books, all read pretty much right in a row. If you like your cop thrillers with a female lead and about serial killers, this should totally be on your list.

    26. What a great book! A real page turner. The story line was very intense and dark, and I was totally involved.

    27. A quick and absorbing read. Ok it was a bit formulaic, corrupt senior cops, religious loony, porn ring and kids taking drugs, but still an entertaining thriller a decent airport read.

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