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Exciting and well-written, but...
on 7 May 2016
I almost threw this one in very early - scene and time changes coupled with first and third person deliveries had me questioning where I was. And when the "devil" made an appearance...well, suffice to say, the start of this novel really confused me. But I'm glad I did hang in as things did become clearer.
It is a very exciting book and, I must say, very well-written. You are on the edge of your seat throughout, despite some filler material.
On the flip side, you really have to suspend your disbelief to enjoy the novel and accept a couple of twists and turns too many. The scenarios are just too far-fetched and you can find yourself asking questions like whether there were adequate explanations for motives and the selection of targets. And some of the police activities and relationships had me scratching my head too.
Interestingly, there is absolutely no sense of place in the story, but the plot doesn't suffer as a result. The scenes are "the woods", "the hospital" etc. Until I saw a reference to currency (pounds), it would have been easy to believe this was a story set in the States.
I'd read more by this author in the hope that he doesn't use the same level of licence in all his stories.