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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever, but..., 15 Mar 2014
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I've read all her earlier books about Bruno. I have very much enjoyed them and bought this one as soon as I could.

I like her characterisation, the relationships between the characters, dialogue, and the plot lines are complex and interwoven. It has been a good read and a page turner. However, having read them all, I now find the pattern of the format actually started to be noticeable. I knew there would be the usual type of plot twists, the character arcs. That Bruno would not be happy in love, once more. That he would not get his full reward etc. That he would make errors of judgement in similar style. He's becoming predictable! I also noticed a lot of repetition in description, a lot men pulling their hands through their hair, fiddling with their beards, cupping their hands over their mouths and so on. Did her editors not notice? The descriptions of place seemed to be inserted at strategic points to ensure there were some, almost as afterthoughts rather than flowing more naturally through the narrative. Once you start noticing these things it means you are losing your connection with the story and the authors ability to make you suspend belief and be drawn in to the world of the novel.

Am I getting Bruno fatigue I am asking myself? I suppose this is the problem when you have a character that runs as the main protagonist in your novels. What to do with him/ her next? The plot lines start to become less credible as well, and Bruno now appears as an Elizabethan superman, Were Elizabethan men quite so physically fit? Hmmmm.

I shall buy the next book no doubt, because I like the main characters of Bruno and Sydney, and their interactions but I hope the niggles of predictability, believability and repetition are sorted out!

For those reasons I'm not going to give it 5 stars, which I might have done otherwise.
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