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Great atmospherics, less brilliant plot
on 24 May 2013
Un-putdownable? Err no. This is one of the few books I've read of late where I've had to force myself to keep going with it. The trouble is it's trying to do too many things. You want to read about complex family relationships in Ireland? Read The Blackwater Lightship; you want a clever mystery with historical overtones, read A Whispered Name (Father Anselm Novels). Black has tried to do too much here and it doesn't quite work. There's no denying the writing is brilliant, but it's smothered by a lack of direction.