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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; First Edition edition (2 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230760589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230760585
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,507 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An adroit study of obsession and revenge. "Publishers Weekly"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The tenth book in Peter James' multi-million-copy selling crime series, featuring the definitive Brighton detective, Roy Grace.

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Firstly, I would like to say that I have always been a big Peter James fan. I have read all of the Roy Grace series and have enjoyed them all immensely. I am however starting to feel that Peter is starting to run out of ideas. I know this is a winning formula for him, but the time has come for him to change things up a little. The whole Sandy thing needs to be brought to a conclusion. This is the carrot he continues to dangle in front of us in the hope that we will buy his next book. It's gone on for far too long already and I, for one have now run out of patience. I wouldn't mind if the main story was strong, but in this book it wasn't. The plots and the characters seem to be getting more bland and weaker every time.

In my view, James needs to revitalise the series by concluding the Sandy thing and take things in a whole new direction. Otherwise it's just the same old thing over and over!
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Disappointing, repetitive and a bit boring...

The key characters both lack credibility - the 'heroine' (Red) has been saddled with a stupid name and a personality bypass as she is tedious to the point of being vacuous whilst the 'villain of the piece' (Bryce) appears to have superhuman abilities far above those that a magician would possess, he also fantasises about what he's going to do to Red far too frequently and in far too many words.

I'm also sick to death of Cleo and the sacharine sweet relationship between her and Roy Grace, now made even more unreadable by the birth of their son. Their domestic scenes contribute nothing positive to these books - all they do is make me feel more and more nauseous.

Every book has to retell the story of Sandy, who has now made a couple of guest appearances but has added very little to the storyline.

These novels are starting to become very samey with the only surprises coming from the untimely demises of various supporting characters...
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As we are now in the grip (or not) of the World Cup, I would say in football parlance that for me, this book represented a game of two halves. Despite being a Peter James fan, and having read all of the previous Roy Grace novels, I found this not to be one of his best.

I found the shift away from Grace and his team as fairly prominent characters to almost bit players a negative move. It might have worked for me had I been taken with the main plot and the featured characters of Red and her sociopathic stalker ex, Bryant. As it was in the first half I found the plot too bogged down with repetitive detail, revealed via the counselling sessions with her therapist. I wasn't sympathetic to the character of Red, far from seeing her as a strong, independent character refusing to be a victim, I found her to be quite naive, if not stupid in her actions. For example, what female estate agent (given real life events) would deliberately falsify contact details in her work diary, before going to meet a client, a complete stranger, in an empty property. - especially when she knows her ex is a threat.

I was more engaged when the plot concentrated on Grace, his forthcoming nuptials to Cleo, and the team that we have come to know and in most cases love. Inevitably Sandy does make an appearance, though whether that story resolves itself I can't say. For me the novels are as much about their stories as the crimes they are investigating. The team come more into play once the plot becomes more focused on Bryant as a suspect, rather than what he intends to do and why.

Reading this review back, it feels very negative, but given how much I've enjoyed the others, it is my attempt to explain why I didn't like this as much.
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Like the other Roy Grace titles, this is a very readable novel, with some exciting sequences and a good level of tension. There are, alas, some serious flaws, both with the series as a whole and with this book in particular. In this case, the main complaint is its improbability. The 'villain' apparently possesses superhuman powers that make Superman himself seem inadequate. There is nothing this man cannot do, no career he hasn't worked at long enough to become expert in every skill he requires to take a horrible revenge on the girlfriend who dumped him. I know all fiction requires the reader to suspend belief to a certain extent, but this is taking liberties. So, too, is writing what appears to be an account of Roy's wedding, only to inform the bemused reader that it was all a dream (has Peter James been watching old Dallas re-runs?). This, of course, means that we have to go through the whole thing again several chapters later, with the added irritation of the implication that it was a premonition, not a dream. Fortunately this comes to nothing, but we could do without it. In fact the whole wedding thing is altogether too much. There has always been a Mills & Boon-like sickliness to the Roy and Cleo romance, but here it hits new heights (or plumbs new depths). We get far too much inane dialogue as Roy and Cleo frequently and repetitively declare how much they love and fancy one another. Throw in a few cringe-making sex scenes and wait for the nausea. The problem with this romance is that Cleo is just so, so perfect. She never moans, never loses her temper, is sympathetic and loving under every trying circumstance, even when Roy postpones the honeymoon at the last minute (yeah, right!).Read more ›
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