5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Interesting but disjointed,
This review is from: Union Atlantic (Hardcover)
This is an odd book to try to place exactly. On the one hand it sets off with the feel of a thriller, with a US army veteran now a banking executive sailing close to the wind. On the other hand it has a rather literary style, which comes to the fore when describing the past life of his neighbour, a batty but likeable elderly lady who stands against the ostentation he has brought to the neighbourhood specifically and indeed against the pre-eminence of money that this represents.
The observations of modern society's obsession with money and power are well made and thought provoking (though the detail of the financial machinations were to me at times rather obscure) and there was a certain impetus to the story that gave it interest. However, the tension between the literary explorations of character and background, and the needs for plot to drive onwards with pace were never fully resolved. The book chops between a section of languid and thoughtful description and frantic action in an unsatisfactory way that gives a disjointed whole.
It's a shame really because clearly there is good quality prose here, and a good idea, but the two don't quite meet in the middle. Nevertheless, I'd be interested in reading another novel by the same author in the future, and would certainly be willing to give it a try with an optimistic approach.