Top critical review
3 March 2017
Considering he's the protagonist, Jackson Brodie is a very passive character in all his books. Things happen to and around him, he doesn't make things happen and as such he's not a vital component of the books, which is strange.
Case Histories was good, if heavily reliant on coincidences. One Good Turn was dreadful, with dull characters, overly-detailed turgid prose and a dull plot, and heavily reliant on coincidences. This one is just as poor, and heavily reliant on coincidences. Louise Monroe is an increasingly unlikable character. Is she depressed or just a malcontent? Reggie is unbelievable as a 16-year-old and Brodie is thwarted by a sheep, gets on the wrong train and lays in bed, his usual passive self.
The endless, relentless quotations and literary asides don't demonstrate the characters' well-read minds, it's just the author showing off. Once or twice is effective; every single page is ridiculous.
I had 80 pages left, I knew I'd finish it during my morning commute and didn't want to carry two books, so I left it at home and started a new book. I'll get round to finishing it at the weekend. That's how little an investment I had in this book. I still have Took my Dog on my bookshelf, will not be in a rush to start it.