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I enjoyed it, but...,
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If you're looking for a fast-paced, gritty crime novel, this is not for you; in fact, it's barely a crime novel at all. I can't even describe it as a psychological thriller. It's more like magical realism, where each character represents some aspect of a fable or fairy tale, behaves according to stereotype, and is to be either liked or loathed. It does not take place in the real world, but in a strange fantasy land -- not sure where, but I'd surmise on the North Essex/Suffolk coast, in a small seaside town (so behind the times that the hairdresser is apparently using products and techniques left over from the early 1960s)... yet trains apparently go into St Pancras, which is strange, as I didn't think it served any coastal areas; Liverpool Street, surely?
(One gripe, which I often have about novels in which violence occurs -- people who have been hit on the head with heavy objects, and knocked out, tend to suffer permanent brain damage, and at the very least need in-patient medical attention; they do not just dab a bit if witch hazel on it and carry on.)
In summary: yes, I enjoyed reading this for what it was; but what it was supposed to be is rather beyond me.
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Initial post: 19 Jan 2013 14:57:16 GMT
you summed it up nicely--"what was the novel meant to be?"
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2013 07:33:10 GMT
In answer to the question in the review about where it's set - I suspect that it's the Kent coast (Frances Fyfield lives in Deal, and Undercurrents was set there). Deal has a pier, and a few fast trains to London - going into St Pancras (the new line that was built as part of the Olympics travel network).
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