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Love the stories, but.....
on 29 April 2016
I'm working my way through the Rebus series, and I have to admit that I love the stories, and the setting. No problems there. The problem I do have, and this is pretty much universal in books written by men that include female characters, is that the women are just so unbelievable! My daughter tells me that there are women who are "fixers", that is, they are attracted to men with problems in the hope of sorting them out. That's the only reason that any woman could conceivably decide to have a relationship with Rebus, in my view, especially as he gets older. Men despise women who "let themselves go" (i.e. get older and less "fit"), but can't see why women wouldn't be attracted to an elderly alcoholic with issues - bit unfair, I feel.
Siobhan's relationship with her parents seems very contrived. They're only my age (64 or thereabouts), for goodness sake. We do stuff. We know about stuff. Teenagers might think we're old fogies, but a woman of Siobhan's age should know better. And there's that endless thing about "My parents were terrible, they ruined my life, they're so lame, etc., etc.". Boring, and not worthy of Siobhan - she's becoming a female Rebus, and that's not good.
I will finish the series, and I'm sure I'll enjoy it, but I am beginning to get irritated. Stick to the crimes, and exploring Rebus's mind, though, it works better that way.