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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2013
This is a very unusual read. The main character is David, an artist and part time support worker for Pete, a psychiatric out patient. It is not an easy book to review without giving away anything of the storyline, except to say that once David meets Pete strange things start to happen and it becomes clear that all is not as straightforward as it should be in their relationship. Then again, it all soon becomes apparent that not all is as it should be in his relationship with his girlfriend Sarah either. It is a story in which everyone seems to be keeping secrets from each other.
I really wasn't struck on Sarah at all, there didn't seem to be anything appealing about her and in fact she turns out to be a bit of a schemer in the book. There just didn't seem to be that spark of chemistry between them, and they were more like flatmates than boyfriend and girlfriend. There is quite a side story involving Sarah and her sister Clare and I did feel that maybe this was going off on something of a tangent a bit, although admittedly it was good reading. It just didn't seem to add anything to the main story of the complex relationship that builds up between David and Pete. I felt as if I wanted to know what the effects would be on David's relationship with his father, but that seemed to be dealt with in a very rushed way, to be honest. I have to say I did guess the hook of the book some way in, but only a short time before it was revealed anyway.
There were a few editing issues, most noticeably the words flash and flashing always seemed to come out as fash and fashing, so maybe another proof read would be beneficial?
On the whole though, it is a good story, but just not quite hitting the mark for me although I have to say I absolutely loved the first third of the book. It is well paced and dialogue between the characters is realistic. Amazon review ratings suggest 3* for an OK read and 4* for a read you like. I am stuck somewhere in the middle here, but going for a 4* because on the whole I did enjoy the book.