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Mixed feelings about this one....,
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This review is from: Sugar & Spice: The Ground-Breaking Debut Crime Thriller (Kindle Edition)Overall I found this a gripping read but not without some jarring flaws I'm afraid.
As others have mentioned, the ending is telegraphed far too early for my taste but more disappointingly, it seems to go against the ideas, convincingly portrayed previously in the book, that the offenders are potentially complex characters with moral ambiguity rather than the black and white "Scooby-Doo" bad guys we see at the end.
There's also some very misjudged portrayals of social services where I'm really not sure what the author is trying to say.
Overall, worth the cash and the time taken to read it but the last quarter of the book is an extreme let-down.
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Initial post: 30 Jul 2011 15:43:06 BDT
I totally agree, I am a student social worker and though i thororoughly enjoyed the book I was moe than a little surprised and dismayed at the portrayal of the social services as uncaring, robotic child snatchers. Also I thought the portrayal of the Police force as either sadistic animals or bumbling idiots was a little harsh!
I also found the ending to be a bit of a plot meltdown; paradoxical in terms of some of the very thought provoking and empathetic analysis of 'paraphillia' offered in the first 70% of the book.
despite these flaws the book was well worth reading and I believe very brave and actually kind of ground breaking in its subject matter.
I can certainly see why it is controversial!
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