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Singed, but not burnt.
on 11 August 2017
I really enjoyed Louise Welsh's first book "The Cutting Floor", so I was really looking forward to this one, but I think she wasn't completely clear here what sort of book she wanted to write. There are basically 3 stories going on: a murder mystery, a sort of Spanish flu plague, and a tale of wicked goings on in the evil pharmaceutical industry. I'm not really sure they hang together the way they should. Our heroine really doesn't seem bothered with the fact that half the population of London is dropping dead around her - this seems like an inconvenient distraction to her quest to find the killer of her boyfriend. And while her earlier book had very strong characterisation, full of spiky, quirky people, with this one the personalities didn't come across as well, most of the folk in it being a bit bland.
So the book starts well, sags in the middle and picks up (fortunately) for the finale.