Top critical review
Great research and analysis, but slightly jarring writing style
on 31 May 2016
This is a really tricky book to review I think, because there is a need to assess the critical evaluation and the writing style. I think the former is very impressive, with the author clearly having done an enormous amount of research and analysis. With a subject as complex as this, that cannot have been easy. I have to admit I am still only just past half way through the book, and reading it takes much longer than average because of the amount of detail and information that needs to be absorbed along the way, and recalled at various points, in order to make sense of things!
The other half of my review looks at the writing style, and it is here that I have some criticism, purely from a personal standpoint. While reading it I have found certain parts of the text to be unnecessarily sardonic and sarcastic, which has detracted from the point and undermined the objectivity of the author for me. She talks as though she is an aviation industry insider at times, particularly in the parts where she is levelling criticism at baggage handling procedures and safeguards at Heathrow at the time. I don't think it would be difficult for any reader to find fault with what was going on at Heathrow, when faced with the facts contained within the book, and this I feel didn't need to be underlined with such venom.
Nevertheless, despite the above, I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in Lockerbie, and is curious to learn more. I haven't decided what my thoughts are about Megrahi yet, but it has certainly made me stop and think, and there does seem to be enough uncertainty in the 'official line' to cast doubt over his conviction. I'm looking forward to reading the author's conclusion.