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1.0 out of 5 stars Far off the mark, 7 July 2012
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This review is from: Too Close For Comfort (Jo Birmingham 3) (Paperback)
I want to start by saying I liked Jo Birmingham... She is a good fictional character and I like her very human flaws and the background story. However, I can only give this book a maximum of two stars because the 'story' itself was a jumbled mess which degenerated into nonsense and at times was I think bordering on offensive. Using the Leveson inquiry and the phone hacking scandal was perhaps a good starting point - writers often use real life events to stir the imagination and I don't have a problem with this. However it all felt like Niamh O'Connor was so keen to be the first past the post that she didn't take the time to properly structure/layer the events so the story is really poor. In addition to this the use of the murder of Milly Dowler with Journalists 'posing' as sympathetic in letters to Levi Bellfield made my stomach turn... too much and too damn soon. I am not lily livered (my reading reviews will I am sure attest to that)but this went too far for me; perhaps because it wasn't done well so looked opportunistic. However, Jo Birminham was good so maybe this is not a true representation of O'Connors skill - perhaps I will go back and read the earlier stuff.
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