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2.0 out of 5 stars Plot-by-numbers, 21 Nov 2013
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SPOILER ALERT! Don't read if you don't want to know about the plot 'twists'

I don't normally include spoilers in reviews but it was the gaping plot holes and weak plotting that made this book such a disappointment for me. So if you want to know more, here's why:

This book frustrated me immensely. The plot was so transparent that I'd pretty much guessed most of what would happen by the halfway point. It was glaringly clear Mac was going to turn out to be William. So much so that I thought to myself, 'now what might Mac be short for? A surname? Maybe Mackenzie?' I was reading it on a Kindle, so I did a search for Mackenzie and, lo and behold, the plot really was that thin.

It was also pretty obvious who Lila's mum was going to be. I was hoping for a better, less obvious twist but that didn't pan out.

As for burying a body and no questions ever being asked, this required the reader to suspend their disbelief beyond what's reasonable. What about this character's return to uni? Did they have no other friends or contacts who might wonder where they had got to?

Then there was one final 'twist' which was revealed in the epilogue where we are re-told a scene that's taken place earlier via the same third-person narrative but this time it's embellished in a different way. Er, that's like having two bites of the cherry as a writer. You've already written that scene, so how are you changing it now?

The whole thing, plot-wise, was really quite amateurish. The writing was better than the plot itself but I still feel short changed by this book.
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