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Don't believe the cover hype...
on 14 January 2009
Like other reviewers I started out with high hopes for this book however these soon evaporated after crawling through the first fifty or so pages. It soon becames clear that this is a debut novel as the style of writing is at best average, at worst mediocre. The plot is just so sloooooooooow and to be honest, not really that great yet it's somehow incredibly strung out to over 500 pages in paperback form. The characters, though many in quantity, simply aren't interesting enough and the dialogue between them ranges from frequently lame to sometimes downright painful, especially that of the lightweight son. There are no strong characters to be seen anywhere apart from that of the killer - who we don't see enough of - while everyone else seems to cry whenever the slightest thing goes against them. This probably should have been a 300 page novel at most with much of the unimportant fluff removed.
Taglines such as the menacing book title, "He watches He hunts He kills" and "International Bestseller" may mislead some into thinking this is up there with the best of the American authors such as Deaver, Cornwell, Patterson etc. It isn't and some will be left high and dry. I may still yet read Alex'es second novel as she may have improved with criticism but I'll wait with bated breath for that one if or when I should see it.