Not bad but a weak conclusion,
This review is from: City of the Sun (Hardcover)
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This a rather readable thriller with a great deal going for it. However, without wishing to give anything a way, the real test of a thriller is always the conclusion. Does it wrap things nicely, or does it just seem like an enormous anti-climax, after all the suspsense? Well, I'm afraid the ending was simply ludicrous beyond all belief here. After the general tone of the first few chapters, you'd be forgiven for thinking that a replacement author was pulled in from off the street to write the last few chapters (which are almost comical, after the detailed and honest background that had been given on the bitter realities of abduction cases etc.)
Anyway, it's largely a well-written book and the author has clearly done plenty of research into the psychology of parents who have suffered the horror of an abduction. However, there are quite a few flaws even before the weak conclusion- including some incredible inconsistency in the characters. One moment the straight-talking investigator is adamant that the father should stay outside of the investigation (not even wanting to reveal much about what he has uncovered), the next moment we are supposed to believe that he is going to invite (the insurance salesman) him to partner him in dangerous scenarios? After the such a serious start, it's a pity that it ends up feeling almost like a 'Famous Five' novel. They might as well have stopped for a picnic, along the way, involving ham sandwiches and lashings of ginger beer.