The premise of this book is good: an oblique look at the effect a horrific crime has on a lawyer and his family. However, the book failed to engage me at all, and rather than finding this emotional and powerful, as the story should have been, I found it cold, cursory and detached.
Lelic's pared-back prose, lots of conversation, little exposition - not something I usually have a problem with - felt oddly disengaged from the story it was trying to tell. As other reviewers have mentioned, this is a very quick and undemanding read, sketchy rather than detailed, all of which felt inappropriate to me given the content of the book.
So I didn't like this at all - it felt very superficial and almost artificial to me - but other readers who have different expectations from a book may well love it.
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