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I enjoyed it, but...
on 16 December 2012
If you're looking for a fast-paced, gritty crime novel, this is not for you; in fact, it's barely a crime novel at all. I can't even describe it as a psychological thriller. It's more like magical realism, where each character represents some aspect of a fable or fairy tale, behaves according to stereotype, and is to be either liked or loathed. It does not take place in the real world, but in a strange fantasy land -- not sure where, but I'd surmise on the North Essex/Suffolk coast, in a small seaside town (so behind the times that the hairdresser is apparently using products and techniques left over from the early 1960s)... yet trains apparently go into St Pancras, which is strange, as I didn't think it served any coastal areas; Liverpool Street, surely?
(One gripe, which I often have about novels in which violence occurs -- people who have been hit on the head with heavy objects, and knocked out, tend to suffer permanent brain damage, and at the very least need in-patient medical attention; they do not just dab a bit if witch hazel on it and carry on.)
In summary: yes, I enjoyed reading this for what it was; but what it was supposed to be is rather beyond me.