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1.0 out of 5 stars Woeful, 20 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: The Carrier: Culver Valley Crime Book 8 (Kindle Edition)
I like Sophie Hannah books quite a lot, mainly because they don't necessarily need to be read in sequence, I enjoy the mind games that sets them apart from the more common-or-garden police procedurals and none of the characters are ever too perfect.

However, in The Carrier, Sophie Hannah (or her editor) has completely lost her touch. Firstly, her use of letters between the characters in the narrative is pedestrian and clumsy. They all read as though Sophie Hannah has written them, not the characters themselves, there is limited difference between the voices used. This problem with indistinct voice reoccurs when she switches narrator between chapters.

Secondly, while we all like a flawed hero, and as mentioned above, it is one of the reasons I like her books, she goes too far the other way with pushing the flaws. In terms of Gaby, one of the central characters, Hannah pushes the point too often about her transience and intellect. As for the Jose couple, that never really lifts off the page.

The book starts badly, loses its way in the middle and fizzles at the end like a damp squib. Cannot recommend.
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