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This review is from: The Heartbreaker: Number 3 in series (St. Benet's) (Hardcover)
This, the third book in this wonderful writer's series about the healing ministry of St Benets, City of London, is compulsively readable and much darker than anything she has penned before, but not completely satisfying. It offers glimpses of familiar characters from the past for avid Susan Howatch readers in a fascinating but frustratingly elliptical way. It is gripping, not to say terrifying. I admire the author for the amount of research and empathy into the life of a high class call boy, difficult as much of it is to stomach. Despite this, for me it is the least successful of this series. Old favourites tend to be neglected and the new characters are less interesting- especially the reformed Carta. Some of the religious thinking ascribed to the hero is a little overfamilar and mawkishly expressed.
But I still can't wait for the next one!