The Mattress House: A Kovacs and Horn Investigation (Kovacs & Horn 2)
Or that I'm naturally indecisive. I wonder what the psychiatrist would say? View all 11 comments. Jun 08, Andy Weston rated it liked it. Eagerly anticipated and ultimately disappointing. I think the effort to establish and get to know the characters is too lengthly and that period of the novel lacks in development of the story. Other novels have managed to do this, but the quality of writing has been better. View 2 comments. However it just confused the fuck out of me.
The Mattress House
Partly the translation from German, but mainly a stylistic choice by the author to introduce so many characters, shift from one point of view to another so frequently, and to drip feed information in so many strands with little to connect them till an unusual denouement in the final thirty pages. At times Um.
At times it felt like a jigsaw made from ripped-up pieces of newspaper. May 23, Sandy rated it it was ok. Perhaps something was lost in the translation. View 1 comment.
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Dec 13, Ellie rated it it was ok Shelves: crime , translated. A child goes missing from kindergarten, when he returns, he has been beaten. The police have no leads and they turn to psychiatrist Raffael Horn for help. Whilst The Mattress House is in the same series as The Sweetness of Life, there is no sense of ongoing plot so can be read by itself. My complaint for the previous book was that it was all a bit depressing. The t A child goes missing from kindergarten, when he returns, he has been beaten. The town of Furth am See still comes across as a thoroughly miserable place to live, with so many serious psychiatric cases that Raffael deals with on a day to day basis.
He doesn't seem to have any patients that are merely depressed or anxious. The inclusion of so many of his patients is also a little confusing and doesn't add to the plot or connect to the overall message.
What it does do, is address the subject of physical punishment of children. Many of the characters reflect on whether they have beaten their children. As a translated novel, perhaps an understanding of Austrian current affairs helps place the thoughts of Hochgatterer. I personally couldn't tell if the things they were discussing were more normal or frowned upon so it didn't really work for me as a thought-provoking piece of writing. I have put my finger on what puts me off this series, it all feels far too clinical, like it's all part of Horn's assessment.
It comes across a little emotionless because of this. I was touched by the scenes with Horn's son and the cat. Even I could tell there was something seriously wrong with the poor animal but Horn was so dismissive and uncaring towards his son. He's not a character I can relate to at all. There's a good crime story underneath it all though. The narrative is split between third person and an unknown first person, similar to The Sweetness of Life.
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You think you have a pretty good idea of what's going on at one point yet you can't always be so sure. If you were a fan of the previous novel, I'm sure you won't be disappointed. I just don't think Hochgatterer is for me. View all 5 comments.
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Ein selten schlechter Kriminalroman. Ein Roman, der nie wirklich in Fahrt kommt, sondern dabei bleibt das Kleinstadtidyll und seine Vor- und Nachteile anhand mehrerer Figuren da Ein selten schlechter Kriminalroman. Ein Roman, der nie wirklich in Fahrt kommt, sondern dabei bleibt das Kleinstadtidyll und seine Vor- und Nachteile anhand mehrerer Figuren darzustellen. Aus meiner Sicht vollkommen verschwendete Zeit. This is a book written by a psychiatrist. It's about individual people, not about crowds. A crime happens, but this is not about the crime. Jez Butterworth.
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