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Not for me, but very accomplished
on 6 September 2015
The setting for this is fantastic and the crime is truly terrifying - a young girl disappearing in an area where several disappeared years before, never to be seen again. Hill makes great use of flashbacks and witness statements and even a children's book within the book to add layers of detail to the narrative. It just didn't work for me. I admit that I don't find Dalziel's sense of humour or character appealing, which is a problem that certainly isn't Reginald Hill's fault - I don't think he was written to appeal to someone like me. But I also hate the way every single character, intellectual or not, will find some reason to explain away their ability to quote, at length, fairly abstruse literature. I also found his portrayal of female characters to be unconvincing. It began to irritate me and then distract me and eventually I had to skip to the end where I found a clever conclusion to the mystery. Well worth reading if you're a Hill fan, but I can't count myself as one.