Top positive review
on 11 August 2013
Thomas H Cook is one of those writers whose works seem to be underrated. Others have suggested that one reason for this is that it's quite difficult to categorise his books. This is no exception - despite the title it's no standard crime novel, nor is it a thriller, nor is it really a psychological suspense novel (although I wouldn't argue too much with those who thought it was). What it is though is literary fiction beautifully written and constructed with a thought-provoking conclusion.
I do have sympathy with another reviewer who suggests that it perhaps requires more reader's attention than casual readers (including me sometimes) want to or can pay, especially if you can't read it over a relatively short time. I also found that I didn't find it especially easy to engage with the main character of the narrator (Philip, who narrates the story in the first person).
Nevertheless, this is almost nitpicking which merely prevents me from giving it five stars: I found it an enjoyable and rewarding read.