Top positive review
Intricate plot with some slippages
on 2 April 2010
After the last couple of books in this series, George returns to the Havers/Lynley partnership, now turned into a threesome with Winston Nkata.
When two bodies are found in the middle of a stone circle on a deserted moor, Lynley is called in. But the dead girl's father is an ex-undercover policeman and a previous mentor of Lynley himself and so, as in other books, his objectivity is challenged.
Lots of this book is excellent: the intricate plot-line, the immersion in the lives of the characters, the Lynley/Havers/Nkata dynamic. But George slips up a bit too: in particular, the relationships between fathers and children (one of the themes of the book) are frequently unbelievable. I don't want to go into details which would spoil the book for new readers but the conversations between Nicola and her father in London are completely unbelievable (not to mention her demonstration!); and the same with the King-Ryder relationship.
Helen, now married to Lynley, is as irritating as ever (any woman who can seriously spend days agonising over the wallpaper really needs to find something more useful to do) and her own pondering of her relationship with her father just too pat and fake.
But despite some quibbles, this is an engrossing read with a convoluted plot and excellent characters. If you like your thrillers with lots of action then this might well prove irritatingly bloated; otherwise this is another great escapist novel from George, though not her best.