15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars
Slow, drawn-out crime story, 3 July 2005
Looking at the other reviews for this book it seems that most people really enjoyed it. Personally I thought it didn't come anywhere near to matching up to the other crime novels I've read.
For one thing I found the pace very slow and it was a difficult book to get into. There are so many characters floating around that its hard to get into the story for a while because the plot doesn't focus on any one character enough. Having said that, some of the lesser characters seemed to get far more time dedicated to them than was necessary. Simon Serailler himself was probably the only character I felt any interest in at all and he was hardly in it despite this being a "Simon Serailler novel". I found most of the characters dull, mundane and got bored after a while with the drawn out passages describing their less than eventful lives.
Also - with a murder mystery book I like the loose ends to be tied up at the end which was not the case with this book. The ending left me unsatisfied and with a bad taste in my mouth. There wasn't even any real explanation as to the motives of the killer and the gaps weren't properly filled between his childhood and the present events to explain the killings.
Also, the big "shocking" event at the end seemed sudden, distant and undramatic.
Clearly, some people really enjoyed this book - it's just a matter of personal preference. But personally, I prefer to have a bit more explanation and justification at the end - otherwise it's nothing more than a book about a psycho killing people.