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on 28 December 2014
Domestic violence is, I think, a difficult subject to write about so I was interested to see how Mr James would handle it. Red Westwood's ex, Bryce Laurent and other aliases, can't forgive her for leaving him and embarks on murderous revenge. Firstly I will say that I have not encountered domestic violence so some of Bryce's antics seem a little over the top but I am an avid true crime documentary watcher and I can see that his behaviour mirrors some real life abusers. I think that perhaps it's the totality of his actions which is a bit OTT - if Mr James had cut some scenes it would have been more believable but then we might have lost some of the sense of brutality, violence and evil involved in domestic abuse. As you can see I am ambivalent about this part of the book - it is nasty and violent and seems extreme and unrealistic but so is the subject matter. I am on much clearer ground about the changes in Roy Grace's life. It is good to see his life and that of his team evolving and changing with his marriage and the arrival of the awful Caspian Pewe as the new ACC. The Sandy thing is just becoming weird and given her antics in this book she would be better suited to living in Bedlam, not Germany - it's time for Mr James to put up or shut up.
Despite my mixed feelings above this is a good read with non stop action, definitely a page turner.