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Dud of the year, so far
on 20 August 2015
For starters, I enjoy psychological thrillers. I particularly like those set in Scotland and an Edinburgh location is a bonus. From the blurb, this book ticked all the boxes. So why did I dislike it so much?
I can live with the slow burn start; it's an opportunity to set the scene, characters, plot and sub plots. But from the outset, I found the narrative irritating. The setting seemed contrived, the dialogue unnatural and the constant reference to the little boy's 'jammies' became unreal. The initial premise is fine. Photographer father is out on a beach shoot of whales. Wife fails to collect child from school and next thing, she's missing. But it's happened before...
The majority of the plot borders on badly written farce. It's not a police procedural, and it's totally unrealistic that the husband takes on the violent role of investigator. Throw in human trafficking and other implausible plot devices and it's a totally unsatisfactory read. I had great hopes but I won't be looking for other books by this author any time soon.