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1.0 out of 5 stars Unconvincing., 21 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Case Histories: (Jackson Brodie) (Paperback)
I really enjoyed 'Behind the Scenes at the Museum' and was hoping I'd found one of those lovely, solidly entertaining (if not demanding) authors. But this is just not good, and the sentimentality of her writing really works against it. Opening with the three consecutive murders made it feel like a book of short stories, and unfortunately the way that each victim is painted as an almost unbearably pure and saintly soul made me frankly relieved when they were (oh so inevitably) killed off. Worse, the way the stories are presented left me with absolutely no urge to find out what happened - they're so self-contained, it seems like they're meant to go unsolved. And so, once I was halfway through the terrifically boring chapter (dear god, the Jeweller anecdote actually made me hoot with derision) about Jackson Brodie, I decided that they were best left that way.

Let's allow the Amazon Kindle's 'Popular Highlights' of this book to say the rest, as I couldn't bear to spend more time reading it:

"Time was a thief, he stole your life away from you and the only way you could get it back was to outwit him and snatch it back." (Whimsy is fine, but what on earth does this mean?)
'"Boys took a long time to become men but daughters were women from the kick-off" (also known as 'girls mature faster than boys')
'"As far as Theo was concerned the parent-child relationship was one way, you gave them all your love and they were under no obligation to pay a penny back. Of course, if they did love you then that was the icing on the cake with cherries on top. And chocolate shavings and those little silver balls that cracked your fillings." (Theo only loves one of his daughters anyway, which makes this a bit of an odd thing for him to think. Also did his philosophy really include broken teeth?)
"Novels gave you a completely false idea about life, they told lies and they implied there were endings when in reality there were no endings, everything just went on and on and on."

I think if nothing else, it suggests her Author's Voice is not insightful enough for it to warrant being as intrusive as it is.
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If you didn't read the book, how do you know if the popular insights are insightful or not?
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