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on 13 January 2010
The guts of this book are beautiful. The characters are broadly human with faults and physical limitations. The world is well realised and carefully thought out. Unlike authors like Laurell K Hamilton, Caitlin Kittredge doesn't believe in giving you a character's entire history out of the tin and then hammering it; the people evolve and new revelations give insight into their tastes and choices. I am still waiting to learn why Pete drives a Mini - something Hamilton and a dozen other authors would have told me in the first descriptive paragraph.
The major fault in this series is that the author is obviously an American writing about Britain. She makes valiant, even loving, attempts to ground her characters in British culture, but without being British that is surprisingly difficult. There are flaws in syntax and in cultural references that niggled at me horrendously. Unfortunately, this also affects the characters because their 'voices' often slip.
Nevertheless, the story does overcome these niggles and the characters, although fairly simple, develop a certain depth. This is helped because, as pointed out above, the author is not afraid to leave things unsaid and let the shadows do the work.