Top positive review
16 January 2019
Hmmm, what can I say about this? It was just all too predictable. The two protagonists hate each other on site, so it’s obvious they’re going to get together. It’s almost as if the author’s said, “I know what I’ll do to liven things up. I’ll have the two lovers take an instant dislike to each other. That’ll be novel,” forgetting that it’s not novel at all. In fact it’s pretty standard.
Everyone on the island is tall. I mean everyone. Ryan is a “tall, unapproachable man with striking grey eyes.” Daniel is a “tall, wiry man.” The Anglican vicar is “reasonably tall and trim.” The doctor is “tall and well built.” Alex is “a little over six feet, blonde and athletic with friendly features.” Pete is “Around the same height with longer limbs.” And the killer’s between 5’9” and 6’1”, so he’s also tall.
This is a who-dun-it-book and keeps the reader guessing, and as we read it for our book club we found ourselves discussing it, “I think it’s the fat barman,” “I think it’s the vicar’s wife,” that type of thing. The ending is quite bizarre, and almost borders on telepathy between Ryan and his mate, who seems to know things that Ryan himself has only guessed at.
It’s all quite interesting, but I don’t think I’d rush to read another of LJ Ross’s books