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I had high hopes for this after the blurb ("A masterpiece of psychological suspense", "a major new talent") and initially found it an interesting read: Beatrice flies back from her safe, carefully controlled life in New York when she hears that her younger, more free-spirited sister Tess has gone missing in London. Beatrice is frustrated by the police's slowness to get to the truth and decides to take matters into her own hands, launching into her own personal investigation of her sister's disappearance, and discovering secrets about Tess - and truths about herself - along the way.
So far, so good. But it really isn't a masterpiece of psychological suspense - in fact, I found it rather plodding and dull at times, with pages and pages going by without an awful lot happening. By the midway point I had lost interest, and I found the structure, with the time flipping between past and present, confusing and distracting rather than clever. As for the ending... well, I read on just to find out how the author wrapped things up but the twist didn't work for me, in fact it just made me feel cross.
It's not all bad - there is some great writing and observational detail, I did believe in the bond between the sisters and I liked the character of Tess. It's all the other stuff that got in the way for me - the convoluted plot, the irritating past/present switching, and some two-dimensional characters (ie Simon and Emilio). Not bad, but not a masterpiece by any means.
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Initial post: 3 Apr 2011 08:47:58 BDT
SD Huckle says:
This is exactly how I felt about this book too! very annoyed with the ending
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