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2.0 out of 5 stars It is a lot harder to ape Dan Brown than you think, 23 July 2011
This review is from: The Shakespeare Secret: Number 1 in series (Kate Stanley) (Paperback)
I have given up with The Shakespeare Secret less than half way through. I love Shakespeare and the idea of a killer copying deaths from Shakespeare plays sounded great (of course, Vincent Price did exactly that in 'Theatre of Blood'). But, it just doesn't happen. The two deaths so far are so matter-of-fact you could almost overlook them. Dan Brown is not subtle, but his prose leaps off the page and the 'The Da Vinci Code' is a fun rollercoaster (great train/holiday reading), but the descriptions in this novel are often very hard to either follow or imagine. For instance, the search for a hidden passage(very convenient) in a pitch black library just doesn't flow and I found myself having to keep re-reading sections to try to make some sense of it (I still can't). Also, the killer seems (thus far) to possess an uncanny Michael Myers ability to be everywhere the protagonists are (speaking of which, the 'Elizabeth I' (really?) lookalike female narrator is a total non-entity) and there is a glaring problem for me: the cardboard instanto-hero, Ben (literally showing up from nowhere) is both a strapping expert in hand-to-hand combat and is carrying a gun - so why not either apprehend the killer or just shoot him/her? Why run? He might be in on it, I don't know, but you would think that the heroine would still point this out, would she not? The killer has a knife, the hero has a gun - this all brings back the sage words of Sean Connery in 'The Untouchables' for me. The saving grace is that I am now going to read Don Quixote and more sonnets, but The Shakespeare Secret is heading back to the Oxfam shop from whence it came.
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