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Can a book be sadistic to the point of boredom? Yes indeed...
on 11 May 2015
A beautiful and naked heroine being tortured by a monster, for goodness sake, clichés can't get worse than that! If you like novels in which there is a huge and tittilating dose of sadism , a fair amount of sex and in which most of the characters are constructed to be grotesquely weird, including most of the police officers, then this is one for you.
My own reaction: this novel is over-the-top, highly contrived and far too clever by half. I can envision the author sitting in his modest office and trying to devise new horrors, out of the back of his head. I fail to develop the least sympathy for, or interest in, any of his characters, whether pepetrator, or victim, or cop: it was a matter of indifference to me whether they sink or swim, live or die, or simply fade away. Thus, the first principle of detective stories is not fulfilled. This is what happens when everything becomes over-the-top: it just leads to a big yawn. Big yawn...
I am amazed at the positive reviews. But I suppose that detective novels must become more and more grimly violent and sadistic until this particular fashion fad has run its course. And may be we will then see a few good new detective novels emerging, stories enriched by subtle imagination rather than being full of brute force and ignorance... But this is, as always, just a personal opinion.