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Truly awful follow-up to the rather good Blacklands,
This review is from: Darkside (Hardcover)
Like others who disliked this book, I had enjoyed the author's Blacklands and was looking forward to reading the follow-up - only to be disappointed by a really dreadful "thriller" that was as unlikely as it was ridiculous. And again like others, I thought the first 300 or so pages were pretty good, but as the body count mounted so did the utter implausibility of the whole farrago. By the time the number of early deaths (murders mostly, plus the odd suicide) had got as far as seven or eight (I'd lost count by then) in a village with a population of around 50, the author had lost me. So I skip read the rest to see what happened, only to regret wasting my time on it.
Silliness piled on absurdity - and the utter implausibility of a plot in which such a high death count was examined with minimal police resources and an almost complete lack of outside attention (the press/TV/radio news makes only a very brief appearance midway through)! This nonsense makes the Midsomer Murders look like Real Crime! And how on earth could it have been given a good review in the normally reliable Guardian Review [...]? I'm staggered....