Most helpful critical review
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2013
I have read most of the Rebus novels and am in the process of 'filling in the gaps'. Going on other reviews, I was eagerly awaiting for this book to reach the top of my 'next to read' list. Unfortunately I found the plot erratic and disjointed. There is no one central plot but three or four minor ones. all of which are not skillfully intertwined and finally end in a non event ( I think I could have written a better ending). There are many unrealistic and implausible plots which deter from the credibility of the story telling. e.g. Rebus is beaten, tortured and set on fire .... escapes (somehow?) yet the perpetrator is not pursued or arrested for the assault. All in all a very disjointed and disappointed read.
I know, from my own experience, that the story lines, in the following books, become more plausible but I think if this had been my first Rebus novel, it probably would have been my last.