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Too close for comfort
on 15 July 2014
The author gets one added star from me right away for writing about Ireland; having a female lead in a position of responsibility; and addressing serious modern issues like house repossession, crooked solicitors and special needs children.
Here's what I liked about the book:
As I saw in earlier books about this main character, Jo Bermingham, she is bull-headed, disorganised in her home life with kids, and keen to keep working on a case. Therefore Jo is true to herself by continuing those character traits as she investigates a case of a vanished woman from south Dublin. The woman's body is found in a mountainous area where women have previously disappeared. The sense of loss felt by the family of one of these women is well portrayed.
The recession has caused chaos in family lives, especially middle-class people.
As a newspaper editor herself, the author incorporates many references to the phone hacking scandal at the News Of The World in the UK.
The portrayal of a young lad on the autism spectrum.
Here's what I didn't like:
I would have liked at least one decent journalist to be included, for balance.
I lost count of how many serial killers there were running around south Dublin.
The cast seemed numerous and homogenous so it was easy, reading this over a few nights, to lose track and say, which was Amanda or Ellen or Kate again? Which was Tom and which was Tim? Next time maybe a nice Indian or Polish couple has moved in next door, please.
I can accept many impossible things before breakfast, but not a seriously obese woman overpowering two fit men.
Nor a senior policeman letting anyone fake his way into his house and leaving him there without even phoning the firm the man says he came from to check.
Sneaky people paying everyone with a job (including police) for information covered by the Data Protection Act and getting it back on the instant.
The author has clearly put a lot of work into developing her complex plot twists and her characters, the main persons leaving us with issues unresolved. Followers of this series should enjoy the read but for newcomers it may not be the best place to start.