Blink Paperback – 15 Aug 2013
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"‘Excellent and gripping . . . a riveting read . . . bang on the zeitgeist’" (Irish Independent)
Trapped in her own body, who can she turn to? Another razor-sharp novel from the queen of Dublin crime writing.See all Product Description
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The story sounded intriguing, but what frustrated me was the feeling that the general story was very disjointed. There were huge sections on the `if's, buts and maybe's' and not enough of everything else. I also managed (don't know how) to get really confused keeping track of all the teenagers names. This alone, and then coupled with the fact that Jo Birmingham features so little made me feel like this book just didn't fit.
I also don't recall Gavin Sexton being such an idiot! It seemed like he had morphed into a different character in this book and I felt like I was reading somebody's first (and clumsy) attempt at a series. The book wasn't a total write off and there are glimmers of O'Connor's talent as an author. But I felt like the series had made a shift that wasn't necessary. Overall, and towards the end of the book it seemed to be coming together a little more and my interest was higher than it had been. That said, this was way off the mark for NOC, and I ended up feeling really disappointed.
I have been a fan of this series, but as I've said in previous reviews for her books; I feel like I'm waiting for the brilliance to shine through. Thankfully, the book ended with an insight and (hopefully) the return of Jo back as the lead character (which is as it should be!).Read more ›
The mystery of Gavin’s wife’s suicide was an underlying current in the previous books but it was all resolved very simply (but entirely unconvincingly) and left an unsatisfied feeling – especially given the cliff hanger at the end of the previous book. It’s as if the author knew she had to put an end to it but didn’t know how.
I find the author frustrating. It is obvious that she can write, build characters and create innovative plotlines, but I would expect more depth and punch from an experienced crime reporter. Her books come across as superficial, going for easy descriptions and emotional hits rather than a really good in-depth novel. More tabloid than broadsheet, alas!
However, her books are readable and I’ve read all four in the series so she’s doing something right.
DI Gavin Sexton is investigating a spate of teenage suicides when he meets Lucy, school d friend of the deceased who is paralysed with locked-in syndrome following a car crash. What appears initially to be the result of some kind of suicide club turns out to be something entirely different indeed. Sexton needs to unravel the many secrets surrounding the investigation to uncover the terrible truth. This novel had me hooked from the start and pulled me in to the case as I experienced that 'just one more chapter' effect in the early hours of the morning.
Blink is certainly enticing, living up to the 'realistic and gripping' Lynda La Plante quote on the front cover. 4.5/5
The culprit seemed a bit far fetched and didn't seem to fit the story.
I would not recommend this book.
A very good storyline if a bit far fetched.
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Good enjoyable story with a twist at the end, enough said. A good read.Published 12 months ago by Dennis Foster