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Entertaining but uneven.
on 15 November 2012
***This review may contain spoilers***
I've read other books of Ruth Rendell and I like her style. I find her books interesting and good reads.
This book has two parts: half of the narration is made my the main character and half by the female lead.
Tim's half is very well written. I like the way the characters develop, how they can't help being who they are, even it is makes the reader dislike them and the sex scenes were steamy (unlike current "grey" trends...). I believed every part of it, how Tim is self centered beyond rescue and Ivo is the sexy, mysterious guy that falls for the simplistic beau. Also, how he can be complex enough to love and beat a person at the same time-although I don't agree with his behavior.
The second half is disappointing. The lady (I don't remember her name and I never cared enough for the character to look it up now) is even more superficial than Tim. Honestly, she comes across as plain stupid. It's like someone wrote the second half without consulting with Rendell first.
The book was interesting up until the point the female character takes over, but the rest I choose to forget.
P.S. I won't go into the gay men depiction, I felt it was a bit unfair (either shallow or vindictive), but I am a straight woman so my opinion doesn't weigh much.