Criminals

Criminals Margot Livesey s early novel Criminals is the story of adult brother and sister Ewan and Mollie and their decision to rescue an abandoned child But is the child being rescued by these two or abducted

  • Title: Criminals
  • Author: Margot Livesey
  • ISBN: 9780312424695
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Paperback
  • Margot Livesey s early novel Criminals is the story of adult brother and sister Ewan and Mollie and their decision to rescue an abandoned child But is the child being rescued by these two, or abducted Where is the line between moral and criminal behavior Livesey paints a thrilling and devastating portrait of two people blinded by need and the desire for betterment.

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    1. Ewan Munro - a decent, yet harried young banker - receives a peculiar and disturbing letter from his sister Mollie. Already poised on the brink of his own personal crisis and desperately worried about Mollie's troubled state of mind, Ewan travels north to Scotland to be with his sister in her time of need. Along the way, Ewan discovers a baby abandoned in a bus station rest-room and, unsure about what to do next, he takes the child with him to see his sister.What follows next are the intertwinin [...]

    2. I enjoyed this story, very British, very Ruth Rendell-ish but without the murder, ordinary people coming a little unraveled, doing things a step at a time that don't seem terrible and before they know it they are on the slippery slope of unlawful and unethical behavior. The story involves a woman going a little mad, her brother trying to help her, her long time mate who is an author and has recently left her, a nasty wastrel of a man, his girlfriend and her baby. The brother finds a baby abandon [...]

    3. What should've been a thrilling adventure was really a lengthy, boring story about the lives of brother and sister. The biggest "adventure" of the story is when Ewan, the brother, travels to visit his sister and on the way he finds an abandoned baby. The story is written from the point of view of Ewan, Mollie (the sister), and Kenneth (the abandoning father). The different points of view is really the only thing that makes this text interesting and stand out from other texts. The biggest turn of [...]

    4. Alternating points of view tell the story of an adult brother and sister who slide from rescuing a baby to taking her. The sleazy boyfriend of the true mother attempts to work the situation for a profit. The brother isn’t fully aware of his sister’s deceit, but has his own issues with an insider trading offense which he slipped into because of love. Criminality as potentially part of anyone’s nature. For writers: A solid example of using multiple points of view to increase tension and psyc [...]

    5. This is a gripping novel, and not just because one senses trouble coming from the beginning. A group of ordinary people, and one loathsome rat, find themselves increasingly out of their depth. Livesay plots it perfectly, but her real skill is in limning characters whose human particularities come together to remind us how fragile our lives are, and how one thing so easily leads to another.

    6. First time reading a book by a Scottish author. The language was slightly different, but the twists and turns in the book provided for so much fun and suspense.

    7. Sort of like Ruth Rendell - not as gruesome, but just as page-turning. A literary psychological thriller. Great author.

    8. As close to "riveting" a book as any I've read. Wonderful story, interesting, flawed characters, insights into human motivations, good writing. Almost everyone in the book is sympathetic, dealing, in their separate ways with what life deals out to them as best they can. And the blurbs on the back cover are accurate.

    9. A stolen baby, insider trading, madness, the Scottish Highlands is all here. Margot Livesey continues to be one of my favorite writers.

    10. Criminals has been on my to-read list for ages; I'm slowly reading my way through all Margot Livesey's books. The premise of this one is rather simple; Ewan, a decent, sensible, upright banker, travels from London to Scotland by bus to visit his sister Mollie, who has recently split from her husband of ten years. At one of the bus stops, Ewan finds an abandoned baby on the floor of the men's restroom; he picks it up, intending to turn it in, but his bus is beginning to leave, and he rushes to ge [...]

    11. But was she, she wonderednding her way, or losing it? (p. 70)He wanted to say it was ludicrous and then, remembering his own recent behaviour, thought, no, all it took was a small talent for forgetfulness, and anything was possible. (p. 241)Criminals is one of Margot Livesey's earlier novels (her most recent is The Flight of Gemma Hardy, a retelling of Jane Eyre). The premise of Criminals is rather simple; Ewan, a decent, sensible, upright banker, travels from London to Scotland by bus to visit [...]

    12. I didn`t quite like it. Between my own boredom towards the book to my own boredom towards any book that does not have vampires and werewolves, (I know, geek alert!!!) I didn`t quite enjoy it.On the first few pages I already knew that I wasen`t really going to like the book, but I keep reading, and reading, and reading until Done. The ending wasn`t really my thing and with my mind always going back to remeber to who was who and what words ment what, I seemed to have gotten lost right in the middl [...]

    13. This was an impulse buy when I bought Eva Moves the Furniture I could get it at a reduced cost if I bought it right then and there. An lo, there was a bargin in site, and the eyes glazed and the fingers types "yes".Anyhow, I really liked Eva and promised myself that I could read this once I finished NaNoWriMo- which I did. I found this an intreging tale, once I got past the startle of having a character in a book with the same name I'd chosen for a character in mine. Well crafted, subtle in char [...]

    14. The ordinary people in "Criminals" all find themselves doing things they--and most of us--might consider reprehensible. Livesey's book makes the reader think about why and how this happens. I enjoyed her unadorned writing style (which reminds me a bit of master suspense writer Ruth Rendell's) and the way she moves between three main characters: Ewan, his sister Mollie, and the erstwhile villain, Kenneth. Each has a distinct voice. Livesey also uses setting (Scotland and London) to enhance the bo [...]

    15. (3.5 stars) Ewan is on his way to visit his sister in Scotland. He is worried about her mental state. As he does not drive, he takes public transportation, including a bus, to get to her home. At a stop during the bus trip, he finds an abandoned baby in the men’s restroom. About to miss his bus, on impulse, he takes the baby with him, planning to contact the police on his arrival to his sister’s home. This starts an unfortunate chain of events where good intentions lead this brother and sist [...]

    16. I really liked this novel. At several points, I was very surprised by the plot twists (including in the very first chapter, when the main character discovers a baby abandoned in a public restroom), but simultaneously found them believable. I thought the story was a fascinating examination of what happens when decent, ordinary, honest people find themselves doing something out of character, even unintentional, that could get them in trouble. How do you protect your reputation? Your own sense of i [...]

    17. i was going to say Livesey used knitting needles to craft the plot of Criminals. Of course, that is wrong. Just as her character Mollie is a weaver, Livesey has used a literary loom to craft this novel. And her characters are so simply yet fully realized. I know nothing of weaving, but it seems to me that each character was a color carefully chosen.I borrowed this book from the library. I will purchase my own copy so that I will have it--might as well study from a master. I will not only enjoy r [...]

    18. Mildly interesting story of a man from Edinburgh who finds a baby on the bus station restroom floor as he embarks to visit his sister who is suffering from depression. Unbeknownst to him, he is being watched by the baby's father, a low-life who is after easy money. The man's sister, ends up falling in love with the baby and refuses to turn the baby to the police. I thought I'd feel some compassion for the baby's father, but that never came. The baby, Grace's mother, is the most compelling charac [...]

    19. Read a Livesey last year ("Eva Moves the Furniture" a hand-me-down from a cousin), and then read a good review of her latest in EW, so decided to check out more of the back catalog. A very concise little story of an baby, stolen from its mother, "abandoned" by its father, rescued/kidnapped by a brother and sister whose emotional lives are already in shreds Some of it was intriguing. Did not like, however, the "fictional inserts" (written by the sister's ex-lover, read by the brother), thought th [...]

    20. Don't bother with this one - - I did not care for this book at all - very wordy and would float from one thing to the next all the time . It was all over the place . I did not find any of the characters likable at all it was difficult to get interested in and hard to finish . No redeemable qualities in any of the people in the book - it's a strange book with unlikable,even dispickable characters that you as a reader care little about .

    21. Read this at the beach yesterday, and spent most of the time wondering when a sensible adult character was going to enter the plot and organize this tangled mess of morally fractured individuals. The emotionally immature, self-deceiving personalities in this story don't quite deserve a sentence and a cell--more like a chaperone and a curfew. Well-written, but the author was stingy with vindication and absolution at the unsurprising ending.

    22. I liked this book, although I kept hoping that at least one of the essentially unsympathetic characters would start acting like a grown-up. I enjoyed the interwoven stories that show how our lives, whether because of misguided good intentions, temporary (or chronic) mental instability or other reasons, give us the opportunity to make poor decisions that start us down a path of unintended consequences and unwanted outcomes. The ending felt a bit flat.

    23. I think Margot Livesey is my new favorite author. She writes these incredible characters that quietly seduce you. The prose is simple and hypnotic, the reader almost feels that he/she could have written such deceptively simple sentences. Yet, once you savor the fully intertwined stories (and they all are!) the novels are pure steak and potatoes dense goodness.

    24. Edwin, the protagonist, fines a baby in a bus station bathroom. His sister, who he's going to visit, falls in love with the baby and doesn't report it to the police. Kenneth, the deadbeat boyfriend, who left the baby in the first place, asks for a ransom to keep quiet. The birth mother is beside herself. With a predictable outcome.

    25. This book was very smartly written and even though the premise of the book seems far-fetched Livesey pulled off the book very well and successfully. By the second half of the book the pace is tremendous, though the first half might seem sleepy at times. Though this is not the greatest book ever written, it was an enjoyable and thoroughly engaging read.

    26. I found this fascinating the interplay of the novel within the novel, the moral questions and the role of guilt and blame what the novelist said about fiction and inventions rang very true to me I loved this book.

    27. I recently discovered this British author, and are enjoying her books. This one is about a man who finds an abandoned baby, and ends up taking her home to his emotionally damaged sister, who decides to keep her.

    28. A really beautifully written book. A page-turner of a plot, poetic language and intricate character studies all arrive to each other in an elegant, emotionally-driven, finely burnished dance. I just discovered this writer and can't wait to read more of her work.

    29. this book is so interesting really shifts perspective on crime and criminals. Especially in terms of creating reader sympathy for the characters who are the "criminals". Also gives insight into how simple it is to let a bad choice (even if chosen with the best intentions) become a crime.

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