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A great read! If you like your thrillers offbeat, tightly plotted, with a touch of macabre humour, then try this.
on 29 January 2014
A tightly plotted, offbeat, dark, quirky thriller with psychologically well-rounded characters. I found it absolutely gripping, hugely enjoyable, genuinely exciting, and very difficult to put down; and when I did, reluctantly, have to put it down, I couldn't wait to get back to it. Yes, it did feel a touch overwritten at times, and there were times when I felt the writing could have been a little crisper and cleaner: there were some convoluted sentence constructions that I had to read back several times before I understood what was being expressed - but this never really detracted from my enjoyment of the novel, and overall I think the quality of the writing is very good. I'd much rather a book that aims high but is flawed, rather than one that aims low and gets everything right. This is a book with sparkle and fizz, with an undercurrent of macabre humour, and I never knew where the story was heading next. I particularly liked Mason's characterisation, and how every character in the book felt like a real, three-dimensional, flawed human being (or, in one case, dog), and it's the combination of the tight, exciting, frequently surprising plot, with the well-drawn and often morally ambiguous characters, that made this such a cracking and enjoyable read. I loved it, and whatever Jamie Mason writes next, I'll be sure to be buying it.