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Dull expression and too many loose ends,
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I was disappointed by this. Firstly, the plot relied on too many contrived conveniant twists or coincidences - such as Lili arriving at key scenes on numerous occasions, or Angie's brother's job/background saving the day. There were numerous loose ends or unexplained rambles: Johnny, Miriam, Adrian and May came in and left for no greater reason than it gave Lili/Wen someone to talk to - none were developed in any way; indeed Jin was of barely any greater significance.
Conversation and description was dull and plodded - given the themes of death, loss, culture, poverty, relationships, loyalty, family - nothing touched or moved. Angie's alcoholism didn't evolve or recede; no-one made any great discovery. The suggestion that the police drop a case for the reasons given are facile, as is the inference that the snakeheads would. Plus there were inaccuracies in some of the translations and incidental inaccuracies eg a surgeon being called 'Dr'. The opportunity to write a book which describes the cross-cultural difficulties of being native Chinese in an England which can exploit was not taken - more research on the subject would have helped make it more plausible.