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Poor writing left me disappointed
on 23 December 2012
It sounded like a good, if somewhat overused, idea for a thriller - complete identity theft, mysterious circumstances, baffled narrator. The sort of thing Nicki French does so well. Unfortunately, this writer isn't Nicki French, or even Deborah Crombie. The writing plods along heavily, almost as though written by a computer which has been programmed "write a psychological thriller without any emotion". OK, this is a mystery, but it's a boring one! No feelings at all from anybody in it - so I couldn't begin to care what happened or to whom. I like to be involved with the characters, and if a book doesn't have believable, likeable people, or even just one likeable person, then I can't become involved. It felt as though the writer was bored with writing, couldn't be bothered to etch out a credible character for anyone, and felt absolutely no emotion. One sentences logically follows another, but with no sparkle, no life.
I prefer the sort of novel written by French, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, or just about any Scandinavian crime writer you can mention. These writers care about their characters, so the reader does, too. If the author doesn't care - as seems to be the case here - then why should we?
Very disappointing. I won't be reading anything else by this writer.