The Alienist

Hey Booklovers! August is almost over and am wrapping up this month with my review on The Alienist. How has your month been so far?

Based on the book of the same name written by Celeb Carr and featuring an excellent screenplay, The Alienist starring Daniel Bruhl, Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans is a historical crime drama. It is one of the best pieces of work I have seen in a long time. The story is about an alienist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler by whom we mean one who studies people who are alienated from themselves (i.e, mentally unstable) played by Daniel Bruhl, the new assistant to the police commissioner Sara Howard played by Dakota and an illustrater cum friend of Dr.Kreizler John Moore played by Luke.

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The story is about a serial killer on loose who is targeting young boy whores by mutilating them in the most harsh manner I have seen in a series. Its absolutely heartless and brutal. Dr. Kreizler has a way with kids and tries to learn their minds which is his favourite part of the job so naturally when there is a child killer on loose he is more than interested to solve it especially when the police themselves aren’t interested in doing so. Barring the new police commissioner, Theodore roosevelt played to the point by Brian Geraghty, rest of the police force are corrupt including the ex chief who keeps making unnecessary appearances.

Meticulous in its detail, and lush in its recreation of 19th-century New York City, the series is nothing short of a cinematic experience. The casting is perfect and the acting is top notch, so much so they are the characters they play. Luke’s John Moore is unsure of himself having been left at the alter by his fiance recently. Both Kreizlar and Howard have their own daddy issues to resolve. The story also involves two forensic science detectives and its fun to watch them learn much of what we take for granted today specially in the area of fingerprints.

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Dakota specially is fantastic in portraying a woman in a mans world. Sure of herself but unsure in the presence of callous men. Trying to make a mark for herself despite none taking her seriously just because she is a woman. Every emotion she conveys comes across on her face, naturally. She is a born actor. Where as Daniel Bruhl commands every frame he is present in with ease. All have deeper mysteries, no doubt to be explored further in the rest of the series.

The alienist is one series I would not recommend you miss. Its crafted with such detail and atmosphere that once you start watching, you cannot stop. Thankfully season 2 is under production based on the book The Angel of Darkness by the same author.

Bibliogyan rating – Turn off the lights, forget everything else and Binge watch… The Alienist!

The Legacy #12

Hey Booklovers. Sorry I took quiet a bit of time to post since my last review. June been the month of back to school, has made it a bit difficult to read or review. But now am moving back to a schedule so hopefully won’t have a gap like this.

Coming to the book am going to review for you today is The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir.

The story begins with a flashback in the past about three kids up for adoption. Their background is shrouded in secrecy. In the present we are confronted with a grisly murder. This is where we are introduced to the main character Huldar, a police officer in the CID promoted to investigate the case.

Apparently there was a witness in the murder case and its a seven year old girl – the victims daughter. But what she says makes matters worse – There’s about to be another murder.

I found the story to be slow burning but never dragging. Characters are well drawn out specially Freyja and Karl. Karl’s specially is a sad one. I wanted him to become stronger and find his way in life. But in the story he is only there to bring the plot forward.

Freyja works at the Children’s House (for child protection) as well as serves as Huldar’s love interest. She doesn’t have much of a backstory but her arc is drawn out well. Towards three fourth of the book I had an idea who the killer might be, at least their background, though I didn’t expect the final reveal.

The supporting characters are all neither here nor there but Huldar’s colleagues Erla and Rikhardur deserves special mentions.

I picked up this book because I wanted to read something different in the suspense genre and found crimebythebook recommend nordic noir under crime fiction. I was intrigued by the summary of the book and decided to read it.

I liked the characterization and the authors ability to draw us in but I don’t know, maybe I expected something more gripping. Definitely will be trying out her other books but for now am looking forward to reading Jo Nesbos book next. Pick this if you are a fan of crime fiction.

Bibliogyans ratings – Worth a read for crime fiction fans.