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4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping and moving novel, 26 May 2009
This review is from: Hearts And Minds (Paperback)
Hearts and Minds is a remarkable achievement. Many novelists have attempted in recent years to write a strong narrative with an intriguing mystery that covers a number of different areas of modern life. It's a very hard trick to keep so many balls in the air and few such attempts succeed. Amanda Craig pulls it off with huge energy and complete conviction. The lives of five people living in contemporary London gradually reveal connections - some of which they remain unaware of - in a way that makes a powerful point about exploitation and the precariousness of the wealth and freedoms that most of us are lucky enough to take for granted. You find yourself really caring about each of the characters. The author's ability to make utterly convincing scenes set in a wide range of venues - a taxi-office, a brothel, a magazine office, a rough school and many others - is deeply impressive. The story is both a fable and a whodunit - and neither the "moral" of the former nor the solution to the latter is spelled out. This is not a novel that insults its readers' intelligence.
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