Top positive review
Sherlock meets X-files
12 November 2018
If I had to describe this I would say Sherlock meets X-Files.
This was the first book in a long time that I had trouble putting down. I even forced myself to read it on the bus even though reading on a bus gives me travel sickness.
The book gripped me from the beginning. I enjoyed the characters; they all felt genuine and organic. It incorporated its setting and time period appropriately. Everyone had an appropriate personality/views for their time and de Muriel captured how well these things would interact with the plot. This is something that can spoil so many otherwise well-crafted books so I was thrilled to see it managed to well.
The mystery was masterfully woven. I had clues and inklings of what may be happening, clues teased in all the right ways. I honestly can't decide who I like better - Frey or McGray. Both have their own unique quirks and even if McGray didn't have an accent, I bet I could distinguish between his and Frey's lines. Two very well crafted and realised characters.
There were times when the plot carried me along swiftly. It slowed down when necessary. I found myself giggling at some parts, gasping at others, and shaking with anger at other parts.
The only thing I will say is that the eventual culprit could have been hinted at a little more. As it is, they almost seem to come out of nowhere. de Muriel is very good at planting clues in plain sight that we don't fully understand until later, so I was disappointed with this aspect, however, I can live with it as is. I would have given this 4 stars for it, but I still enjoyed the book so much, so I went ahead and gave it 5. Excellent writing absolves a multitude of sins.
If you enjoy things like X-files, Sherlock Holmes, or Jonathan Creek, you will love this.