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Rating this book depends ENTIRELY on what your after,
This review is from: Hawthorn and Child (Paperback)
Only buy this book if you read so many books each year you are after something completely different and will appreciate the strange lack of plot and ultimate pointlessness of the book.
It starts strong as a well written detective novel but after the first chapter the investigation disappears, never to be picked up on again.
The book does not even follow Hawthorn and Child although they do usually crop up (even if it is only for 4 or 5 sentences)in each chapter.
I am using the word 'book' rather than 'novel' as this is exactly what this is. It is an unconnected series of chapters detailing events without, in most cases, anything approaching a conclusion at the end of the chapter.
If you are an English student or appreciative of unusual writing styles, you should certainly try the book and you can have fun discussing its idiosyncrasies with others afterwards. Unfortunately I bought the book for a holiday under the perception it was a detective novel as the blurb on the version I bought was different to the product description above and gave no indication whatsoever about the type of book this was.
For what its worth I would not recommend the book. However, if Keith Ridgway ever decided to expand the first chapter into a 'proper' detective novel I would buy that book. From the brief time we actually spend with Hawthorn and Child, they are genuinely interesting 3 dimensional characters. It is just a pity they weren't used in a way everyone could enjoy.