on 2 May 2015
This is really an easy read which romps along. There are some rather far fetched situations and characters, though all so carefully plotted and written (as always by Allende) that it doesn't matter - as you read it seems possible. I loved this book so much that I started to restrict the amount I read at one sitting so that I wouldn't finish it too quickly, until almost the last gasp (no pun intended) when there were to my mind some unforgiveable wrinkles in the plot. Nevertheless, I did enjoy it and do recommend it to others. I loved the dog, Atila. I should add that whilst I enjoy reading detective novels, murder mysteries, policiacas I nearly always have this same criticism at some point, as the end approaches - all the strands are wrapped up too quickly, too unbelievably or with plain old subterfuge with the author playing the role of God suddenly in the last chapter or two, whereas throughout the book the reader has been in on the plot. I felt too much here was made of the device of letters, emails and the thoughts of the killer to reveal all to the reader. Is it because the publishers have stipulated that the book should come in at around 500 words ? The plot here had so scrupulously been laid before the reader, with tempting little clues carefully scattered, to have it all 'tied up' in a few ridiculously revealing emails and 'thought exposes' was rather disappointing to me. Go ahead and read it anyway, you will enjoy the journey !