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2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't wait for it to be finished, 1 May 2012
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This review is from: Kind of Cruel: Culver Valley Crime Book 7 (Hardcover)
My "Couldn't wait for it to be finished" is distinct from "I couldn't wait to finish it".

This was a frustrating read that I completed only because I hate to walk away from novels. I found nothing in this book to give a clue to Sophie Hannah's background in poetry as the prose is rather dull and there's little in the way of evocative description in the writing (I read this between "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" and "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" and SH suffers badly in comparison). The characters weren't well-drawn and it's only reading the reviews here that I realise some of my frustrations with apparently needless characters and sub plots is likely to be down to their recurrence across several of SH's novels, a trick that other authors carry off with whilst making individual novels coherent (see Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole books) so why can't SH I wonder? Additionally, a major character turns out to be woefully under-drawn (I shan't say more to avoid spoilers) and the final section of the book is devoted to explaining the plot in what is virtually a monologue.

I can see that there are fans of SH's other work here. But I don't think I'll be sampling any more.
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Initial post: 30 Mar 2014, 18:32:18 BST
This book is a proving a struggle, and I don't give up easily. Yes, I shall perservere, but the characters aren't sympathetic so far. All that naval-gazing! Yes, we all do it, but commonsense tells us that sometimes you have to be strict with yourself and say 'No more' or it becomes self-indulgence.
About halfway through, so I'll finish it and maybe be able to report a more positive experience.
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