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No great depth but holds attention to the end.
on 29 November 2015
This is my first acquaintance with the prolific Margaret Millar. I enjoyed the book, reading it in one sitting. It is exceptionally easy to read and makes few demands on the reader. The premise on which the story rests is distinctive and the plot is well-handled. The characters are two dimensional and the setting makes little contribution to the impact, which rests very much on the twists in the plot and on suspense. In these respects it succeeds. While it certainly isn't great literature, it makes few pretensions to be so. Of course I don’t know how representative of Millar’s books this is, whether for instance she is drawn to unusual psychological states or whether this would be rated as one of her best novels. It’s a book to curl up with when you have a few hours to spare on a cold winter’s night.