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4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic archaeology?, 16 July 2009
This review is from: Cold Earth (Paperback)
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Like others I found this book a real page turner: once I'd started I found it difficult to put down - to be churlish, this is in part because its only split into a handful of chapters, meaning that there aren't many logical places to pause.

As an archaeologist I thought I would find things to dislike in the presentation of the dig which forms the centre piece of the novel, but this all seemed reasonable and there were some intriguing asides that make clear that the author did her research.

The difficulty for me was in the characters, well written as they are. Nina seemed annoyingly out of place in the novel's setting, like a university equivalent of Bridget Jones, and I occasionally wanted to throttle some of the others. But I can't really call this a failing on the part of the author. The whole novel is premised on people not being where they should be, and she's transposed a postgraduate community from the seminar room to Greenland - of course some of them seem out of place, and I think the novel is worth reading just to see how the characters cope with their environment.

The only thing I would criticise this book for is the ending, which I didn't feel lived up to the promise of the rest of the book. So have a go but don't race for the end.
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