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"About spilled blood, lives long lost".,
This review is from: The Final Silence (Hardcover)
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When Rea Carlisle inherits a house from her uncle she discovers a lot more than a leaking roof and damp in the basement. One room is locked and when she forces it open she discover a book that unlocks some grim secrets , that implicate other members of her family in the violence of the troubles. She turns to the man she once had a fling with D.I . Jack Lennon. But his is not a happy world either.The intervening period though has not been kind. Suspended from the police pending multiple reviews of his health and performance Jack has developed some extraneous bad habits to the ones he already carried. His relationships are in free fall including, sadly, the one with his estranged daughter who is the only family he has left.
From this Stuart Neville constructs a rather simplistic plot that at times struggles to carry the portentous gravity the author so clearly wants to convey. Lennon is not the most sympathetic character ,though he has a firm moral centre and the villain is dealt with rather superfluously .
The book really comes alive when Lennon is pitched against D.C.I. Serena Flanagan , who has her own side issues to deal with. Their meetings crackle with real energy . The rest of the book cannot match this level of intensity .
Having only read The Twelve by Stuart Neville previously I can say without any problem at all that I preferred that book. The Final Silence is just too flimsy a tale to really grab the reader by the throat. It is worth a read , but I doubt anyone would want to read it more than once and I doubt it would impel anyone to seek out urgently any other books by the author.