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on 26 August 2007
Having read the previous book on this subject, I rushed to get this sequel and now regret it. Whereas the first book was excellent, the characters fantastic and the story gripping (no pun intended re. the gripping hand), this book is truly boring and stagnant. A real disappointment.
Firstly, the characterisations are extremely poor. Sometimes it is hard to figure our who's saying what in the text, it is so disjointed. You find yourself going back a few lines to try and get the context of who might have screamed something. Also, there are too many people who seem to be integral, but aren't - but who then appear to be integral again, but aren't... and you're wondering why there are so many people involved without any real purpose... Joyce, Cynthia, Freddy.
Secondly, the story is boring. Really boring! Towards the end I was just page-turning to get through it. I couldn't really fathom why they were leading a merry chase back and forwards (seemingly repeatedly)... as a plot it was inane and quite obviously grasping for ideas.
The ending? Well... the anti-climax to end them all.
If you've not read the first book, you are unlikely to pick this up by accident. However, if you have read the first book - you will more than likely be very disapointed by this... my advice would be to stay away.