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Almost very good
on 21 September 2008
I did enjoy reading this book, recommend it as a good read, and but for one aspect would have given four stars.
The characters are entirely credible throughout - I totally disagree with the one star reviewer below - and the story line is at least as credible as that of others in the crime related genre (substantially more credible than Robert Goddard, for example). The denouement does become a little far fetched (won't spoil it) but never becomes ludicrous. And the storyline does revolve around something of which I was totally unaware and which linked nicely to the main character's passion for genealogy.
So what is the difficulty? As I said, I find each individual character interesting and credible. The problem is that there are quite a few who play a relatively minor role and it was hard to keep them all in mind. So every time a name like Toby or Archie or Richard or John or Rosa or PC Harman or ... came up I found myself having to work to remember who they were (there are more - lots more). This broke the flow for me somewhat. I think that a good editor could have helped the author here: cutting down the number of characters by at least a third would have allowed her more scope to develop the good ones even more.
So a good read, a good concept and an enjoyable story - I think that this author is worth watching and could move on from here.