It's always fun reading through reviews when they're so polarised - have a look at those for Coelho's "The Alchemist" if you've got time! The problem with the Raw Shark Texts is that it tries to be so many things - thriller, meditation on loss, metaphysical digression, romance etc - and absolutely none of them work. It's not thrilling, or even exciting. I just couldn't bring myself to give a damn about anyone supposedly being menaced by a conceptual fish. The characters are one-dimensional at best. The philosophy is uninspired. And, yes, the Jaws rip-off is pointless. Above all though, it smacks of desperation, the desperation of a writer who knows his ability is limited but really wants to make a name for himself. Reminds me of Damian Hirst cutting up animals for no good reason. As other reviewers have mentioned, it's abundantly clear that Hall is a fan of Murakami for example, but whereas Murakami produces understated works of beauty and power, this is just rubbish. I eventually gave it two stars because Hall can at least write rather better than Dan Brown, and because the twist at the end provides a tiny bit of satisfaction, but, really, don't bother.