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Where's the thrill?
on 24 January 2013
I felt very disappointed with this novel. Not being a prolific Rendell reader, I had expected it to be as great a read as; A Dark Adapted Eye, but unfortunately it was not. A years old crime sketched our for us in the first few chapters, and a host of slightly unbelievable characters set in a London that bears no reality to the actual place.
I kept on with it and the insignificant sub plots based around a strange middle aged con woman, and accepted the ludicrous coincidences, all in the vague hope that the end would bring a jaw dropping revelation, in fact trying to work out the twist, inevitably proved more entertaining than reading the book. Alas the great revelation was to confirm what we knew all along and it seemed, having read the last 2 pages, that Ms Rendell felt the same, so tried to finish it off with a shock ending, that had no real roots in the story, and was just a clumsy, lazy wrap up to a story that never lived up to it's early promise.
Disappointing and not recommended.