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    Laura Restrepo(Author) Ernesto Mestre-Reed(Translator)

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From revered Colombian writer Laura Restrepo comes the smart, thrilling story of a young woman trying to outrun a nightmare.

María Paz is a young Latin American woman who, like many others, has come to America chasing a dream. When she is accused of murdering her husband and sentenced to life behind bars, she must struggle to keep hope alive as she works to prove her innocence. But the dangers of prison are not her only obstacles: gaining freedom would mean facing an even greater horror lying in wait outside the prison gates, one that will stop at nothing to get her back. Can María Paz survive this double threat in a land where danger and desperation are always one step behind, and safety and happiness seem just out of reach?

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  • By AJourneyWithoutMap' on 1 June 2016

    Hot Sur by Laura Restrepo, and translated into English by Ernesto Mestre-Reed, is a hard-boiled mystery thriller which really fascinated me. I’m new to the author and she is the first Columbian writer I’ve come across in a long time. In a refreshing change from the typical mystery thrillers that I have read, Hot Sur follows the characters through interviews and written confessions.As a huge fan of thriller, I find the overall them of Hot Sur quite interesting. The plot has enough twists and turns to hook me from cover to cover. I like the alternating view points in the book, especially that of Maria Paz. The main character’s story is a pathetic one as the author skillfully draws the reader into her world of trepidation and angst. However, one can feel a sense of triumphalism as the story concludes, and this leaves me with a smile as I close the book.I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a suspenseful mystery thriller.

  • By Tremse on 6 October 2015

    Although I was intrigued from the first page it wasn't until a couple of chapters in that the characters really came alive. Told from a number of different viewpoints the story slowly but surely wove into a bigger picture - a tale of damaged childhood, religion, sex, corruption, desire - it's all in there and becomes a compelling read.This author was new to me but I enjoyed the attention to detail and the way the characters slowly became so familiar to the reader over the course of the book that by the end it felt more like a book about real events than a novel. A slow burner yes, but stick with it, it's worth the journey.

  • By petol on 29 September 2015

    There are so many long drawn out passages in this book and so many switches from character to character that I found that I was losing patience, and was in danger of giving up on it altogether. Safe to say that it is not my style.

  • By A. Smith on 9 November 2015

    Not really sure what rating to give this book. It is well written but I am wondering if the spelling mistakes and many typos were the fault of the translator or the final proof-reader as there are many superfluous words.Also not too sure if I liked the style of writing as many long passages were just narrative, with little or no dialogue. The characters had life and were believable although there were times when the narrative of various characters strayed from the main point they were trying to make. (A little like Ronnie Corbetts sketches when he rambled from one subject to another without actually getting to the point of the story - except this was certainly not a comedy!)It is a tale of angst, sorrow, death, betrayal, love, crime, cruelty all taking place in various settings, including inside a women's prison in USA. There were times when I wondered if I would get to the end of the tale as it took twists and turns that weren't expected but it shows what a good writer Laura Restrepo is in that I definitely had to finish it. I hope she gets a better proof-reader for her next book as her work is definitely worth a better standard from the publisher.

  • By Margaret on 29 September 2015

    Dull. I haven't managed to get any further than 2% on my kindle. Perhaps it improves but I won't find out until I'm stuck somewhere with nothing else to read.

  • By Ian on 29 September 2015

    I'm afraid this novel and its characters didn't interest me enough to wish to finish it - I only got about 20% "in".

  • By annnei on 27 September 2015

    I was not sure about this book at first as it was not my style of reading but I persevered with it and enjoyed it. Each chapter has you on the edge of your seat and it is a long and complex storyline. At times it was quite grotesque but I like the way the author took the story with many twists and turns. I would recommend this book only to those who like ritualistic murder stories.

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