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11 September 2019
This is another Jeffery Deaver short story 'stocking filler' penned, I assume, to keep his fans sated while he's writing one of his more fulsome masterpieces. And I do so love his 'normal' books; packed with twists, turns and reader deception.
But not this one. I've read just about all of Mr Deaver's books and, while some of his short stories are superb as condensed nuggets of his talent, I have to say that majority just don't seem to provide sufficient scope for him to get going. There just doesn't seem to be enough time for the plot twists. Verona is one of those.
Telling the reader, repeatedly, that this is tale set in the 20th century but is, supposedly cleverly, really a re-telling of Romeo and Juliette simply isn't impressing anyone. And then there's the plot. Again, time seems to be the undoing of the plot as, for me, there were no surprises at all. Even the apparent shooting half way through, that was intended to have a shock 'update' later, was flagged way ahead.
JD is still one of the best authors in the world, so Verona isn't terrible. It allows a pleasant couple of hours to pass. But if you're hoping for a sneaky hit of Deaver brilliance to get you through the dark nights before his next blockbuster, I'm afraid that you're in for some disappointment.