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A BOOK ABOUT SMELLS,
This review is from: The Guilty One (Paperback)
Sorry, this book is way too long and self indulgent. To its credit I made myself read (actually listened to it on Audible - narrators are excellent it must be said) to the end to find out whether nasty little Sebastian was guilty for sure and just why Daniel, our protagonist, fell out with poor Minnie, his warm and loving stepmother.
Now, it's a great and evocative device for authors to bring in smells and textures to their prose. But the first half of the book is ludicrously full of Daniel's impressions of the smells and textures of Minnie and the world. It is overdone to a point of exasperation (my exasperation!). Plus Daniel, who yes, had an unfortunate background, can be cruel, sadistic and unforgiving, an uncomfortable leading character.
To be fair, the story is compelling in its casting of suspense, and the murder/courtroom theme the most interesting and well written aspect. However, this book is an overlong wind up, depressing and even heartbreaking. I actually felt manipulated by the suspense in the plot to read it to the end, which didn't leave me feeling any better.
My advice is to give it a miss. Instead you could give yourself a treat by reading the wonderful, "The Woodcutter" by Reginald Hill.