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Fast paced thriller,
This review is from: Sanctus (Paperback)
Set in the fictional Turkish city of Ruin this is a book that slowly gets under your skin. A man is running, but what from, and why does he throw himself to his death as the book begins?
The book is a murder mystery, conspiracy theory thriller. Simon's choppy style is fast paced as we follow the lives of those caught up in the mystery. Throughout the book we move quickly from one scene to the other, building up the story in layers until the final climax is reached.
His writing style does hint at Simon's background in television, you can see the director in him cutting from one scene to another, however, this does not detract from the story, indeed I feel that this would make a wonderful film. The only criticism I can make is that I would perhaps have liked the pace to slow down slightly to give us more character development. I would love to know more of the backgrounds and thought processes of many of the characters; the coroner Reis fascinated me, as did the policeman Arkadian...in fact all the characters are fascinating. Perhaps if there is a second book based around the characters we may find out more.
Overall I would say that this is an enjoyable book with an unexpected ending. Toyne has created an intriguing city with a mysterious citadel, mad monks and rival communities. If you like your books fast, intriguing and thought provoking, this one's for you.