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Nicely written but disappointingly plotted
on 22 October 2010
Although it is nicely written and the basic concept for the story is a good one, Blackmoor is an oddly uninvolving book. It's well paced and quite gripping in parts, but I found it impossible to develop a relationship with any of the characters. The early parts of the book, before the true nature of the events in Blackmoor are understood, work better than the later ones.
Several promising threads of storyline fizzle out without excitement. Even the over-arcing story of the teenage boy finding out the truth about his mother has a flat, disappointing end. Hogan has lots of great ideas for elements in the story that could have been used to accelerate it to an exciting conclusion, but then chooses to let each become a damp squib.
So whilst it was quite enjoyable to read, I wouldn't give this book more than three stars.