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A little disappointed,
This review is from: The Mermaids Singing (Paperback)Whilst I enjoyed this book, what spoiled it for me was the enormous coincidence (spoiler alert) of the heroines brother being an expert on a computer system that the killer was also using. Which just happened to be used by only a handful of people in the country.(As Harry Hill would say "what's the chances of that happening") I thought this was lazy plot development from Val McDermid. Otherwise not a bad buy.
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Initial post: 26 Jan 2011 13:48:52 GMT
That's a fair point Peter. I do agree with you. I suppose when a crime is solved though it is down to this type of contact and cross referencing. I am amazed that she had to use her brother for this service and that there wasn't a computer boffin inside the police force. For me, I found it a bit too gory and was quite relieved but the more mundane detail.
Posted on 20 Jan 2012 14:46:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2012 14:49:14 GMT
Anne E O says:
This review could spoil it for people as it gives away the fact that the heroine's brother is not the killer. Surely the point was that because he was an expert on the same computer system, it was a red herring and you were supposed to wonder if he was the killer.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2012 14:51:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2012 14:53:52 GMT
I don't recall ever thinking that the herone's brother could ever be the killer? Wasn't the heroine the policewoman? Well, never for one second did I think it could be her brother and this did not spoil it for me at all!
But ... a lot of people are computer experts so I suppose with the benefit of time having passed it is less of a plot spoiler and more of a device to move it forward although I still think the police should have had computer boffins of their own.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2012 15:11:23 GMT
Anne E O says:
point taken but surely in fiction anybody's brother could be the killer, even the good guys. anyway i only meant that reading such a review could ruin plot for some people if not all. but you are right, the police would have their own boffins.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2012 15:39:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2012 15:43:50 GMT
I totally agree and would also say that usually the LEAST likely person is the person whodunnit and in many ways the brother was the least likely but I never thought it was him because I suppose, of the way it was written and possibly because you would hope a policewoman would recognise that her brother was a psychopath - ? I read this some time ago so as I recall - there were 'no suspects' as such in that it was a case of working it all out, sort of (without giving anything away). I do agree that some reviews give far too much away so we will agree and disagree on this one! (as I don't think knowing this would spoil it for anyone and he did put a spoiler alert ...?)
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