It was on the recommendation of 'Elle' magazine that I bought two copies of this book (a magazine that has to get at least one mention of Clerkenwell, Sea Breezes and the Met Bar into every edition. 'Shut Eye' neatly provided the Clerkenwell association). One copy went to my friend in Sydney, who used to work with me in... yup, I'm afraid so... Clerkenwell. Hence the interest.
Clearly the main appeal of the book, for me, was to be trawled around the dark and turgid recesses of London's EC1 and neighbouring areas. On this level 'Shut Eye' certainly delivered. That aside, however, I found the book as a whole rather superficial. I understand that the author is also a writer for TV and radio, which may account for this lack of depth - indeed, I can imagine the book translating well into a TV mini-series with it's highly visual tone, real-life locations and love-interest sub-plot. There's even a tragic, comatose brother to add a bit of visual texture.
All in all, contrary to C.Leather's review, I feel that the book needed more detail rather than less. Not more A4 and A5 references, it's true, but more about the characters themselves, their thoughts and motivations. A little more background.
I've been told that Adam Baron is currently working on his second novel. In that I wish him the best of luck - I'll be buying a copy to see how he's developed!