Entertaining and readable,
This review is from: An Absolute Scandal (Paperback)
This book had been sitting on my shelf for ages; my daughter gave it to me but said she didn't think much of it so I left it alone. I eventually picked it up and took it to work so I'd have something to read if I had nothing better to do at lunchtimes.
Well, I didn't agree with my daughter's opinion as I really liked it. The amount of characters in it was a bit daunting and took some sorting out but once I'd worked out who was who, it racketed along nicely. The Lloyds scandal theme I remembered vaguely from years back - a handful of rich people getting clobbered - how sad, hard cheese. But you got to know them and they weren't all rich people who got their fingers burned; you felt really sorry for them and their terrifying situation. I did think the choppy style the book was written in was a little hard to keep up with at times and I'd have preferred to stay a bit longer with one person's story rather than lots of little bite-sized chunks but even so it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story. Actually for my own lunchtime purposes it sometimes came in quite handy!
Some reviews have said they thought the book suffered from plot sag in the middle but I didn't think so. I thought the way the book wound up was very neat - regardless of the outcome of the court case, each character found a way forward and the story left me feeling satisfied with it, and that's something that some books fail to do.