I absolutely loved Shatter - one of the best thrillers I've ever read - and have been looking for a similarly gripping read from Michael Rowbotham ever since. But once again, I was disappointed. This story - which begins with the murder victim covered in blood and his young daughter the main suspect - is promising enough, but for me there were too many strands, too many villians, and also a plot too many. Whereas with Shatter the reader knows almost from the start who the villain is, and what he's doing, so the thrill of the book is the chase and the race to save further victims, this is a "mystery", and for me, the mystery istself was just a bit too complicated. The murderer, when finally revealed, was certainly unexpected, but it left me feeling a bit "so what"-ish. I ddn't really care. But I do like the hero, the psycholgist Joe O'Loughlin (who features in many, if not all, of Rowbotham's novels) - a well-rounded character, sympathetic and believable - and much of the writing was good. But for me, it wasn't enough. I wanted - and expected - more from this writer.
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