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Good start, then slow with some very predictable elements
on 20 November 2016
Robin's and Harry's attempt to rebuild their lives in Dublin after the loss their three year old, Dillon, during an earthquake in Tangiers; Harry's belief that, five year's after the event, he has spotted the boy with an unknown woman on the streets of Dublin and his quest to find out the truth - these are surely premises for a gripping psychological thriller?
The beginning, with the description of the earthquake, is fine. It is intriguing and engaging. Harry's total lack of responsibility does not make him likeable, but flaws (even large ones) in a protagonist's character can lead to a very good book. Harry's recognition(?) of Dillon, filled with the shock and excitement which such an occurrence must evoke, is also well done.
However, in my opinion, shortly after this, things begin to go down hill. There is a lot of navel-gazing from both Harry and Robin which, for me, rather than creating psychological tension, slowed the plot down - to such an extent that I didn't feel particularly inclined to pick the book up again, nor did the fact that a major 'revelation' becomes obvious very early on. Not being one to give up on a book easily, I resorted to speed reading and was rewarded overall by two remarkable coincidences, (on which the entire plot hinges), an excellent unexpected twist and, sadly, a weak and surprisingly abrupt ending.
I really don't like giving a negative review, but this book just didn't work for me.