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My First Rankin
27 November 2018
This was my first Rankin and I chose it because I wanted to read something by the author who'd stormed to the top of the book charts with this book, and also because he was a favourite of my Dad's.
Beginning on an author's ninth book was possibly not a wise move and the vast cast of characters made them confusing to pin down and recognise at times, but Ian stayed with each for long enough that I knew them well by the end. Additionally, the majority of the story is told through dialogue, which gives greater character perception. So this means that coming in at book nine brought me into the fold, rather than leaving me as an outcast.
With House of Lies you're given not one but two crime stories, which run concurrently and keep the pace moving and interest high. There are twists and intrigue throughout and Ian is always one step ahead with storylines that are satisfying and unpredictable.
A full 10% of the book was devoted to its ending, which left no stone unturned and was therefore thoughtfully and powerfully rendered.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a really good and well-crafted story. Preferred genre isn't an issue, because this book is more than simply crime writing; relationships are explored with depth and thought and an eye for the psychological twist which never disappointed.