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3.0 out of 5 stars Let down on two fronts, 22 Nov 2010
This review is from: The Library of Shadows (Paperback)
The book jacket describes 'The Library of Shadows' as a literary thriller and this is what initially drew me to it. A second attraction was the Danish backdrop - I'm a big fan of literature from Northern Europe.

As I have understood it - perhaps erroneously - 'literary thriller' describes a slower moving thriller, perhaps of greater depth and credibility than your average thriller. However, whilst much of the action takes place in a bookshop and amongst books, the action is very definitely fast, culminating in a frantic chase that becomes reminiscent of Dan Brown's 'Da Vinci Code' (nobody stops to eat, getaway cars always arrive just at the right moment etc etc).

With regard to the Danish backdrop - where was it? This story doesn't have any of the 'dense' atmosphere that I have come to expect from north european writing and could have been set in any European capital.

So, I felt let down on two fronts. That said, I did read it all and I did enjoy large parts of it. The concept of the 'lecters' is an imaginative leap that gives structure to an exciting plot driven story. If you enjoyed the Da Vinci Code, you'll probably enjoy this.
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