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3.0 out of 5 stars
Atmospheric but slightly empty, 1 Oct. 2003
Like the previous reviewer, I have to confess that I did indeed judge this book - or at least buy it - on its rather beautiful cover. And at first I enjoyed it a great deal. It's evocation of the dark atmosphere of the "dead days" between Christmas and New Year is excellent, and the setting in a crumbling city also very good.
However I did find that there was an excessive amount of repetition of certain phrases, which started to irritate me around the middle of the book. The story also turned out to be slightly anti-climatic, and I found the characterisation patchy - some excellent, some very unfleshed. All in all I'd say it was a good book in search of a better editor.