The Crime of Julian Wells

The Crime of Julian Wells

by Thomas H. Cook
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The Crime of Julian Wells 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 231 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This 200 page, free Friday book is an odd mixture of a wording style from the 1800s, set in more modern times. There is an old fashioned English novel style about it. It starts off with a description of a fifty something man commiting suicide, for an unknown reason and then goes into a discussion about the event, between the man's sister and his best friend. This book is long winded, with fancy phrasing and elaborate sentences. I found this to be off setting. The premise is good, the plot well thought out and executed, and after about five chapters, it does get better. I found it a bit depressing and felt sorry for most of the characters, having to solve the mystery of the man's death as well as moarn him. The book is well edited. Unfortunately, I can not rate it higher, as I simply did not care for the writting style. For readers, age 17-18 and up. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great mystery following the anguish and unanswered questions that come after losing someone to suicide...only following those unanswered questions only leads to more in this chilling thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book for people who consider themselves to be readers.  It is not for people who are uncomfortable reading sentences more than 10 words long, encountering words that they may have to look up, or those who can only follow chase scenes.  It is clearly a literary mystery/thriller that is well drawn and thought-provoking.  If this describes what you are looking for when you're reading, you'll love this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, I wanted to keep reading this story really pulled me in, the overall story devilment was good and moved along at a good pace. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was intriguing, but really got bogged down with literary references and quote.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading some of the negative reviews I wasnt sure about reqading this book but am so glad that i did. It was well written and had a fantastic story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So very honest . Hard to put down but at the same time hard to read.
Robin1966 More than 1 year ago
Normally I will push through a slow book hoping to find some redeaming chapter, but not this one. It just drags on and on and on (you get the drift), and just did not interest me. It will remain unfinished in order to protect my sanity.
donadee More than 1 year ago
How well do you know your best friend, you have known him all your life, so it must be pretty good, right? Ok, how far would you go for this same person? Your best friend did the most unexpected thing, he just took his own life. WHY??? Could I have stopped it? This book dives into these questions and you will be so surprised at the answers. The characters are so intimate with you, you will think your right there each step. This plot will pull you in so deep that you won't want to put it down. But, the book length is far too short. Take all these and wrap them together and you have an excellent read. Mr Cook has the ability to take those two questions and develop an excellent story with unbelievable twists and turns. I highly recommend this book for an evening of pleasurable reading. I did hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an eriudite book. It would help if you were familiar with the classics and some basic philisophical psychology in order to truely understand this book. Julian is the focus of the book, but Julian is dead. As quiet as he might have been in real life, he is the elephant in each scene. And, I have to admit, he is not cuddly. He's morose on his best days and naieve on his worst. After his death, his friend just tries to find out if anything he could have done could answer why he did it. For such a short book, it has a lot of substance. Much like Wells' THE THIRD MAN, you watch, you listen, you think.....but do you care? Or should you?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the author's writing style, but the plot left much to be desired. The story was filled with "turn", but none that I'd consider "twists". Also, I didn't mind the narrator speculating what would happen "if this was a novel..." the first couple of times, but it became repetitive. By the time I was finished, I was relieved to just have it over with.
maineyankee More than 1 year ago
Somehow I received this book free on my Nook. I had never read the author before but will certainly try another of his books. This one I'd call an intellectual mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dullest most boring book I have ever read. I got this as a 'free' Nook book. They should have paid me to take it. There is a cauctionary moral in there, but it is buried under tons of redumdant muck.
Nicebutnaughty More than 1 year ago
The Crime of Julian Wells takes you on a journey that you will not soon forget. It is well crafted and impossible to put down.
cookit More than 1 year ago
I love this author and will buy anything he has written. He sets a mood like no other! Love, love his writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story gripped me. The ending gave me sleepless nights. Well done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book as a Free Friday selection. First time I have read a book by this author. Enjoyed the writing style. Story flowed quite nicely. Read entire book in two days. Makes you question what makes you a good friend and how well do you know your friends. Highly enjoyed. Seeking out more books by author.
need2readVC More than 1 year ago
Not what I expected but better. I want to read more of cooks work.
RBHolb More than 1 year ago
Wow!  Literary allusions!  Foreign locales!  Characters who speak in aphorisms!  And a plot that never quite gels!
Jakabooboo More than 1 year ago
 It was okay but I am sure I could have used the time reading something better. Ok but underwhelming. Kept waiting for the great reveal at the end, but it fizzled. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing, but this book was a struggle for me to finish. I was hoping for more action instead of an expository writing assignment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This isn't really a thriller, just a good read for mature readers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was very interesting, but very hard to read. The author's style made it so difficult to read that I wanted to quit reading several times. The question of why Julian committed suicide kept drawimg me back and finally the answer was there. Heartbreaking. Four stars for the story...one quarter star for the writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book lends itself to much discussion and analyzation of characters, goodnes and cruelty and innocence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twists and turns, keeps you guessing