Top positive review
Up to Sansom's usual excellent standard.
on 13 June 2017
This was excellent. As usual. At 500 pages plus, I read it in a day, staying up later than I should have to finish it.
Sansom puts over the dangerous, divisive atmosphere of 16th century London well - a place where a misplaced word can get you arrested, and where religion is an increasingly dangerous business. Matthew Shardlake, an ethical man, is finding that the behaviour of both sides is making him lose his faith in God.
There are many strands to this story - not just the murder mystery, but questions of religion, faith, ethics, and the different kinds of, and reasons for, mental illness. Personal relationships, too, are a theme, with various relationships in trouble in different ways, and how the principals solve their problems - or not. Contrasting one with another adds layers and meaning to the story.
All in all, a really excellent read. Highly recommended.