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A missing schoolgirl, a new detective - and a mystery which lasts for 35 years
on 15 November 2012
Plenty of other reviews here as well as the Amazon blurb have summarised the plot and structure of this book. I'll add that if you're looking for a fast-paced, all-action, littered-with-bodies style novel, then this isn't it. This is slow and detailed, building up a strong sense of character and place, both of which are critical to the plot. The 1960s setting is well-delineated too: people smoking constantly; a red record player; places where it's not possible to get a TV signal - crikey!
There's so much that is very good about this book but I'm afraid the last section set thirty-five years after the main story just didn't hang together for me. It depends on a couple of massive coincidences to bring together the necessary people, and the `solution' felt unconvincing to me for reasons which I can't talk about here without spoiling this for new readers.
So this is a sensitive, thoughtful book with some hard-hitting moments and a sense of righteous anger about it - but while it is very good, it didn't quite make it to 5 stars for me.