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3.0 out of 5 stars Too convenient an ending in all honesty, 14 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Standing in Another Man's Grave: A John Rebus Novel (Kindle Edition)
I hadn't read any of the author's work before and I was therefore quite eager to see what all the fuss was about, especially having watched the TV interview about the making/writing of the book. It's well written for sure; perhaps not everyone's favourite style but it grips the reader. However, having watched the TV prog and the author's admission that thirty pages from the end he still wasn't sure where the plot was going and how he would reach an ending I too was eager to see what happened at that juncture.....sad to say the ending was all too contrived and convenient to meet the needs of the title. I guess I'd summarise by saying I was disappointed: I will read more by this author but I'm not totally sold yet.
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Initial post: 21 Jan 2013 08:37:07 GMT
AnneC says:
Haven't read this one yet, but you must read the other Rebus titles. they are brilliant. Nothing contrived about them.

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 16:08:38 GMT
To be frank, if you haven't read any of the Rebus books before, why start with the very last one? Would it not be more sensible to start at the beginning of the series and work your way through the life and times of John Rebus?

Posted on 8 Mar 2013 16:00:10 GMT
LFW says:
Start at the beginning and work your way through to the end. There is a definite thread to the series which you will pick up if you read them in sequence. All the characters intertwine and grow together - even when they are squaring up to each other. There are very few authors that can draw the reader into another man's world as Ian Rankin does with Rebus. Book one - Knots & Crosses is quite a loose story compared with the rest, but it sets the scene for all that comes after. You won't be disappointed.

Posted on 17 Nov 2013 08:57:43 GMT
pumps100 says:
I agree with your review entirely. I read the book and really enjoyed the characters and liked the frequent references to popular music. But the ending was so rushed and contrived it was beyond belief - left me feeling disappointed. About a page and a half of quite large sized font to wrap things up. I think the publishers deadline caught up with the author. And the often repeated word 'venerable' - just what was that about? The editor should have picked this up; or maybe its overuse has another meaning to Rebus fans.
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