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where the stalker imagines/insists that the stalkee is in love with him is De Clerambault's Syndrome (see Ian McEwen's ...
7 May 2018
Two gripes. You really do need a notebook at hand to jot down the names and affiliations of the multitude of characters the first time you meet them. If you read the book at a sitting you might remember who they all are and what their relationships to each other are, otherwise . . .
The plot line involving attempts on Jackson Brodie's life is preposterous and one wonders whether Ms. Atkinson had her tongue firmly in her cheek while she pistol-whips him, tampers with his brakes and dynamites his house.
The hoho chuminess that threads through the three family tragedies didn't sit well with this reader. And you have to read the Laura Wyre story very, very carefully to figure out how Jackson came by the photograph of the yellow golfing sweater. We are left to guess what Laura's father did with the information.
BTW, the syndrome that Jackson can't remember, where the stalker imagines/insists that the stalkee is in love with him is De Clerambault's Syndrome (see Ian McEwen's "Enduring Love" for an extreme case) But . . the Jackson Brodie books are way better than Ms. Atkinson's "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" where the determined reader has to endure an interminable wait for something, ANYTHING - to happen