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I don't write reviews normally but I had to write to say how disappointed I was with this book. Firstly, if I hadn't known it was JK Rowling and thought it was a newcomer called Robert Galbraith I would have thought poor Robert had no chance of making it as a writer. The storyline is weak, the characters are clichéd, the whole thing feels like a spoof private detective novel. I wish I hadn't bothered buying it and am so glad I didn't purchase it when it was full price - I would be demanding a refund! Maybe I missed something that others didn't but I am an avid reader and this book was a huge disappointment.
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Initial post: 18 Apr 2014 09:58:18 BDT
I agree with this review. The plot incidentally turns on a specific point of law which the author got wrong.
The attempts to write vernacular dialogue failed badly for me and I found the endless class warfare and caricature characters terribly disappointing and ultimately very boring. If the author wants to talk about televised football, she ought to know which channel carries it and not make silly mistakes.
It could have been a good book as she is skilled at dialogue and writing complex plots - perhaps her editor was not strong enough to revise.
That said, well done to Rowling for trying a new genre and taking the risk of pot shots. With a sterner editor, she could write well in this most competitive field.
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