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Good read after first chapter
on 7 July 2013
The author could do to write a better blurb for this book. Although I downloaded the book several months ago I didn't read it as I was rather put off by the author's description of it, which is a shame as once I did start to read it I found it rather good.
The first chapter is somewhat strange in both style and positioning. We get a description of a murder and the lacklustre investigation which is all too quickly shelved and then don't hear about it again for a very long time, even when the bodies are piling up on top of each other. It seems strange that the murder which seems important enough to open the book with is then relegated to a position of being just one more.
Once I got past that first chapter however, the story really began to pick up and kept up the pace. It wasn't a taxing read but provided diversion and a pleasant way to spend a sunny day. Yes there are some plot devices which herald their arrival with a klaxon - it is obvious which cop won't survive the book, and it is his own fault - but on the whole it keeps us on our toes. One reviewer told complains that we find out who the killer is in the first chapter and that it spoils the suspense but I don't understand this. The victim recognises the face of the killer seconds before he dies but we are not told who it is. Even when, halfway through, we are told who he is and what his alias is, it doesn't alter the fact that the police don't know and can't predict his next moves. Even when the police do know, nothing is straightforward. Suspense is about so much more than who the perpetrator is, - will the police work out who it is, will they do it in time to prevent it happening again, are they considering the right people? All questions which need to be asked.
As I said in the beginning, I started out by not expecting much from this book, but it turned out to be a good read and I would recommend it. By the way the irony of the fact that I was reading this book on 7/7 is not lost on me, but to understand that comment you will have to read the book.