Book Review: For the Sake of Elena (Inspector Lynley series #5) by Elizabeth George

When there can be so many potential murderers, it gets confusing on which part to exactly focus on, especially with just too many parallel things happening and far too many side characters thrown in, with not much value added. This is what my reaction was after reading For the Sake of Elena. No, I am not giving away spoilers, but it was just too much for me to like this murder mystery, even when the author is Elizabeth George!

Coming to the good parts of the book, the story of both Inspector Lynley and Sergeant Havers moves on seamlessly with both coming to terms with what is best for them and for their loved ones. Next, the focus on how one’s life changes after having kids that it is important to not lose one’s self motivation by one way or the other. Another positive point – the focal point of this murder was about the art being considered very close to heart and the point where it was mentioned being ‘deaf’ considered not exactly a disability when ‘Deaf’ people embrace their deafness and don’t try to hide it and consider it as world of their own than others who can hear. So, overall, I can say it is an okay-okay book, in conclusion.

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Book Blurb:

Elena Weaver was a surprise to anyone meeting her for the first time. In her clingy dresses and dangling earrings she exuded a sexuality at odds with the innocence projected by the unicorn posters on her walls. While her embittered mother fretted about her welfare from her home in London, in Cambridge—where Elena was a student at St. Stephen’s College—her father and his second wife each had their own very different image of the girl. As for Elena, she lived a life of casual and intense physical and emotional relationships, with scores to settle and goals to achieve–until someone, lying in wait along the route she ran every morning, bludgeoned her to death.

Unwilling to turn the killing over to the local police, the university calls in New Scotland Yard. Thus, Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, enter the rarefied world of Cambridge University, where academic gowns often hide murderous intentions.

For both officers, the true identity of Elena Weaver proves elusive. Each relationship the girl left behind casts new light both on Elena and on those people who appeared to know her best—from an unsavory Swedish-born Shakespearean professor to the brooding head of the Deaf Students Union.

What’s more, Elena’s father, a Cambridge professor under consideration for a prestigious post, is a man with his own dark secrets. While his past sins make him neurotically dedicated to Elena and blind to her blacker side, present demons drive him toward betrayal.

About the author:

Elizabeth George is the New York Times and internationally best selling author of twenty British crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his unconventional partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her crime novels have been translated into 30 languages and featured on television by the BBC. She is also the author of a young adult series set on the island where she lives in the state of Washington.

A longtime instructor of creative writing, she has taught at colleges, universities, writers’ retreats, and conferences internationally. She is the recipient of the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, France’s Grand Prix di Literatture Policiere, and Germany’s MIMI. She has twice been nominated for an Edgar Award, and she is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of humane letters from California State University Fullerton, and an honorary MFA from Northwest Institute of Language Arts (Whidbey Island MFA Program).

Twitter: @LynleyMysteries

Rating: 6/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name:For the Sake of Elena
(Inspector Lynley #5)
Author:Elizabeth George
Publication Year:1992

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