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Disappointing sequel to the wonderful Kidnapped.
on 6 January 2016
The book is too wordy and lacks any real dramatic tension. The characters are nowhere near as strong as those in Kidnapped where even the minor characters like Cluny Macpherson and Robin Oig Macgregor add significant colour. Alan Breck, the wonderfully flawed hero of Kidnapped, does appear at the beginning and end of the book, but even he, one of the great character creations of English literature, cannot compensate for the sagging plot-line. James More Macgregor, who is Alan through a distorting mirror, does not have the subtlety of Alan; an irresponsible braggart who is bad is not as interesting as the good man who can think too much of himself and tends towards recklessness. Catriona herself is never quite captured. She comes over as a petulant child, which is understandable perhaps, given her age and the level of parental guidance she has received. For me, David Balfour, who had grown up under the tutelage of Alan, deserved more than this Catriona. And, sadly, so do we the readers of Kidnapped.