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Didn't come together for me
on 24 August 2012
Started off quite well, but makes the debut mistake of adding in too many things. Each character has some massive backstory that over eggs the pudding. The two stories don't tie together until late in the book when distracted by the jumpy style and two page chapters, vast selection of characters, and the slotted in bits about the killer, I'd just ceased to care enough.
I never got a clear sense of why the killer did it and he seemed lacking in authenticity for me, more killer by numbers. I finished the book but it never grabbed me. Mari Hannah writes well, but the book felt poorly edited and leaps about in a disjointed way so that her good prose gets swamped. I also got very little sense of location compared to Val McDermid or Danielle Ramsay's mentions of the North East and this disappointed me as it's a part of the world I love.
I'll give the second one a go because there's potential, but I hope her editing team do better next time.