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Promising but didn't deliver
on 13 January 2018
I had such high hopes for this book, and really enjoyed it until the last few chapters when the writer clearly didn't know how to end it, instead resorting to a short, almost cursory 'a few weeks later' kind of conclusion. Also the fact that one of the protagonists finishes the story thinking they've uncovered the truth and laid it to rest (and in doing so finding peace with it), when in fact they're unwittingly living a devastating and horrific lie is beyond depressing. Why do that? I get why certain truths weren't admitted to them in the story, but it could have just as easily concluded without those devastating events occurring at all, since the character never found out anyway. The reader would at least have felt there was a decent wrapping-up and that it was worth the hours spent reading the book. As it was I finished it unsatisfied and quite disappointed. I know lots of stories necessarily conclude in a way we don't like (favourite characters die, or dreams are left unfulfilled, etc), but in this case there was no need to go in that direction. It didn't add to the story, it lessened it.
The other irritant was the writer's endless showing-off of his knowledge of guns. We really didn't need to be told the full technical specs, size, weight and brand name every time someone drew their weapon. It was distracting and annoying. There was some great dialogue and well-written action scenes, but they were let down by the unnecessarily miserable conclusion.