I was lying in bed, minding my own business, nicely relaxed, listening to the final CD (the whole book was well read by Stephen Pacey). Then suddely 'That was Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill'. Was the CD damaged and skipped to the end? Got the CD out of the player - no it looked fine. Called up the Amazon reviews - ahh not the only person to feel that this book ended very abruptly. It was almost as if the author had to type x number of words, and having done so ended the book. Very unsatisfying.
On the plus side I did get to the end of this book so it was at least moderately well written and entertaining. But I kept listening in the hope that there would be resolution to at least some of the story lines that had been created. But no... it was not to be.
It seems like the author used the book as a vehicle to explore issues in which she is interested (and clearly has strong feelings)....which is all well and good. But in the process the importance of the story telling element was lost.
I also got the feeling that the lack of resolution was used as a tool to encourage the reader to buy the next book in the series. To a certain extent an author can get away with this, but it was carried too far in this offering.
I did enjoy the earlier books in the series more, and having got to book number 6 I have started to find Simon boring....... handsome, intelligent, articulate, gifted artist, unlucky in love - its just to formulalic. No real character development. The characters are all painfully middle class without a money worry between them. And the scenes with his latest love are more like something out of a teen magazine, truly dreadful.
So overall this book is patchy, parts are well written, but let down by one dimensional characters, ideology and an incredibly rushed and unsatifying ending.