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on 26 May 2014
This book was rather different than I had imagined. I found that the interesting aspects were that the book was well written, with some wonderful descriptions and some interesting characters. The damaging points were a weak plotline and rather too much useless information/dialogue which made the book laborious to read at times. This book is like an old fashioned police procedural whodunnit and there is nothing wrong with that. I personally love whodunnits, but you do need to sense the old Agatha Christie drama and suspense to make the read worthwhile. Where the book fails for me, is the total absence of the factor that makes you turn the pages, it did not grip me at all. Although it does improve after a slow start I still found myself struggling to finish it.
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on 21 September 2015
The bare bones of the story were simple. The characterization was good. I found the 'philosophic' discussions and thoughts a bit annoying. There was too much of it. It padded out the pages and attempted to make a fairly run of the mill story interesting by sometimes throwing in 'Dylan Thomas' like descriptions. The main character was nicely presented but I doubt if any policeman would give up so much of his time and personal involvement as described here. Despite the things I've mentioned, I did enjoy the book and will probably try another by the same author
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on 16 June 2015
Cracking mystery with plentiful red herrings and well-rounded, if unusual, characters. It starts when a man is found dead in his chair in a house in a respectable leafy suburb. At first all seems straight forward: he wasn't well and appeared to have had an unfortunate allergic reaction when no one had been around to help. Something doesn't quite add up, though, and our hero, who has failed to get his expected promotion, is determined to find out what has really been going on in this household of women and at the old farm where the deceased's sisters still live.
No idea when it was meant to be set - late 20th centuary? Almost everyone seems to smoke continuously without embarrassment or censure, which definitely dates it.
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on 30 April 2015
I bought this book after reading "Unsafe Connections" by Alison Taylor. I enjoyed that; (It somehow reminded me of "Line of Duty", recently shown on TV.) "The House of Women" involves the same team of policemen and is, presumably, prior to the events in "Unsafe Connections" But it didn't gell for me; the dialogue, particularly with the youngest daughter, was not natural , stilted and much tooo erudite for one so young. The plot was good and the ultimate solution quite believable, but the sub-plot worried me and spoiled my enjoyment of an otherwise good read.
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on 26 March 2014
A novel which repays patience. I found the early stages a little slow and I was a bit unclear where some charcters fitted. But bear with it! A novel not just of procedure and investigation, but of some quite deep ideas. I really enjoyed it
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on 23 May 2015
I was expecting to really enjoy this after reading reviews here. But it was slow miserable and in the end lacking in any thrill or excitement.
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on 8 September 2016
Book is a good read, pleased with purchase and would definitely buy again.
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on 13 November 2014
thanks
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on 23 June 2014
Sorry to say, a book that could have been better written as a short story. To long for what happened, there was not enough to keep you interested.
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on 20 May 2014
Lot's of interesting characters.
This is one more of all the excellent books written by Alison over the past few years.
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