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This review is from: Revelation (The Shardlake Series) (Paperback)
I find myself a little disappointed in this book as the number of good reviews led me to believe it would be a lot better than it actually is. But it would also be unfair to dismiss it because there is a wealth of information and research that is really worth reading. What backfires in my opinion is that the tone of the novel is too modern compared to the period it is set in. I must also point out that the 'serial murderer' theme didn't help as it is difficult to reconcile this with 16th century England. It is all very well to write about Gilles de Rais and therefore to point out that such murderers existed but I doubt there were many of them. It is very often difficult to believe for one moment that so many complex and often spectacular murders could have been carried out by a single man and for so long. Master Shardlake doesn't seem to posess great detection skills if one takes into account the number of victims necessary to finally lead him to the solution. The story is unnecessarily protracted and veers towards the extremely repetitious once we have reached the middle section. As for Barak and his wife's marital problems, they gave the book a 20th century soapy flavour the story could have done without. I can't say I regret buying and reading 'revelation', it wouldn't be accurate but I doubt I shall read another in the series.