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and thoroughly enjoyed them, and was looking forward to this one
on 27 June 2016
I've read a few of Chris Brookmyre's books, and thoroughly enjoyed them, and was looking forward to this one. But I've given up at the start of chapter 3, which is 17% of the way through the book. Which tells you just how 'fast-paced' this is. It isn't. As other reviewers have mentioned it gets off to a slow start. Very slow. There are flashes of classic Brookmyre: the scene in the lawyer's office with Mrs McGrotty is delicious.The pages and pages of backstory about the same lawyer's boyfriend who she went out with during her rebelling against dad phase...what can I say? I skipped and I skipped. I also skipped an awful lot of the pages and pages where Parlabane mentally waffles over his change in attitude since hitching up with Sarah. Ok, it probably reflects the difficulty of his decisions, the life changes he's mulling, but Brookmyre says the same thing three or four different ways. Skip a paragraph or two and, oh god he hasn't moved on yet... Yes, we get it. Sarah has changed his life.
The plot may prove to be brilliant. I'm afraid I will never find out. As others have said...not his best book.