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on 15 August 2013
I mostly enjoyed this book - although, like many other readers,I am finding the Sandy angle a bit boring now - but was very disappointed by the last couple of chapters. The ending was VERY predictable (most of it anyway) but, most of all, it seemed to me that the last few chapters were written in haste and as if Peter James was trying to meet a publishing deadline in a hurry....such a shame, as James had created a massive build-up to it....and then it just kind of ended in a massive hurry, leaving me feeling a bit disappointed and cheated. I have now read six of the 9 Roy Grace novels (1, 2, 3, 4, 7 & 8) and am taking the remaining three on holiday with me. However, I am beginning to find them a bit repetitive and same-ish....especially the Sandy storyline. Most of James' other Grace novels I would give 4-5 stars....but this one I am giving 3 (would give 3.5 if I could) as I disliked the way the ending was written. I also found certain elements of the book really irritated me (Chad Skeggs seemed such a ridiculous name - reminded me of Boz Skaggs of Lido Shuffle fame - and I really found Cassian Pewe a bit of a cartoon character). I suspect those who have not read any other Peter James novels might like this book more than I did - I think I am becoming a little tired of the formula.