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Too many coincidences
on 16 September 2011
I have enjoyed all Ms Cooper's books. They are very well written and usually well plotted. She has good insight into people psychology and, in her earlier books, characters and plots seem more credible than is normal for this genre.
Lifeblood is the second novel in the Karen Taylor series. It's gripping enough, and I didn't guess the who dunnit until the last chapter. However, unlike most of Ms Cooper's previous novels, I could easily just read a chapter or two and put the book down. I was curious to know the outcome, but not desperately engaged.
The story is interesting enough, but it is let down by too many coincidences, some obvious red herrings and the motivation of the eventual killer seeming contrived. I agree with the reviewer who said Karen Taylor was weakly drawn in this book. Charlie Trench was also weakly characterised. They seemed more like narrative and plot devices rather than central characters. These inconsistencies in character and behaviour are unusual for Ms Cooper, and I hope this one is a blip.