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This review is from: Be My Enemy (Paperback)
How long have we, Brookmyre's avid fans, waited for this? It has been over a year since the previous novel, so ever since the little introductiion to "be my enemy" first appeared on Amazon (about 4 - 5 months ago, I think) I have been counting down the days to its release. A release date was also put back a few months, so that by the time the little package from amazon arrived just a few days ago, I was very, very excited.
Probably too excited.
It had been over a year since I had last had a new Brookmyre book to read, so I was maybe expecting a bit too much. The previous books had all been fast, witty and full of twists- it is what makes Brookmyre my favourite author. Unfortunately, Be My Enemy just does not have enough of these key ingredients to make it a great story. The action, as usual, is largely kept until the end- which is normally fine- but this time, the first half of the book does feel a bit slow. The action, when it came, was furious- as you would expect. However, there were no major twists in the plot, and as such, the entire thing felt a bit flat. I have read all the other books, but I have to admit I got a bit sick of all the references to them in Be My Enemy. One or two references can improve the story, but some of the earlier chapters came across as an advert for his previous work. I've given a copy to a friend, and he's never heard of Brookmyre; he was totally confused by the continual references to people and events that he had never heard of.
Having said all that, Be My Enemy is still a decent read- its good to see Jack back, and Vale as well. Some of the new characters are vert strong as well- the clumsy old lord and the obnoxious advertising executive give the story some life, but I felt that the book would have benefitted from a better description of the enemy. Ridiculing bampots is Brookmyre's best skill; it was wasted here, in that we learnt little of the actual bad guys.
I probably expected far too much from this book, but all the same, I can't help but feel dissapointed. You felt that you knew what would happen as soon as they all arrived in the house, and the story simply did not come to life like the others had done. Still, it deserves 3 stars- the action at the end is still good stuff.