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I'm so disappointed!
on 23 April 2006
I can't believe this book was written by Val McDermid. I've read four of her novels so far - The Mermaids Killing, The Wire In The Blood, The Torment Of Others and The Distant Echo - all of which I thought were brilliantly written and full of suspense.
But Crack Down seems to be missing everything I so loved about Val's other books. It is... well, boring. Not much is happening at all throughout the entire book. Yes, there are lots of little jokes, most of them in a sarcastic manner which is entertaining at times but that's about it, everything else is just boring.
PI Kate Brannigan chases after the bad guys who are responsible for her boyfriend Richard being in prison for handling drugs. Surprisingly, those so-called bad guys play a rather minor role in the book, as does Richard himself. Kate keeps chasing those (very, very dangerous it says in the book) drug lords at a quite leisurly speed so it's a miracle she always catches up with them exactly when the big deals happen.
As a matter of fact, everything seems to fall into place automatically for her. Of course she's never in any danger herself because the criminals don't even notice her driving behind them for hours on end on the motorway and through the cities and don't ever catch on when she gathers bags of evidence against them.
The characters in this book are so uninteresting, I virtually had to force myself to finish it at all. Honestly, I couldn't care less about the whole thing.
In my opinion - no matter how much I enjoyed her other novels - Val has done a poor job with this book. And her character, Kate Brannigan, does nothing for me at all. I certainly won't read any other books from the Brannigan series.
I can't believe this book has come from Val McDermid!
Save your money - don't buy this. Or borrow it from the library if you must.
A great book by Val which I can't recommend enough, is The Distand Echo - now that's a brilliant novel with a good story and interesting characters, a book which is full of suspense and twists right to the end...!