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Good coming-of-age, but not a thriller.
on 15 June 2014
This is a good book but perhaps slightly misleading, or even miss-sold as a 'crime' or a 'thriller'.
The blurb on the back, and general marketing of it, makes it sound like a detective style drama, with the opening of our schoolboy hero discovering a body while out on a run on the 'Red Road' that runs from his boarding school.
However, as you get further into the book, this murder tends to be pushed further and further into the background. It does pop up from time to time, as the characters talk about it, but there's no investigation going on.
That said, this is still an enjoyable book, with a realistic - or realistic sounding - depiction of a boy's life at boarding school with the highs and lows that entails. Great depictions of friendship with peers, and the various things boys of that age will get up to, along with the general growing disenchantment with adults, both parents and teachers.
So, basically, if you are looking for an entertaining, often humorous, coming-of-age tale then this is for you. But if you want a crime thriller, then perhaps skip to something else.