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I adore Mark Billingham and was shocked by how bad this book was. I made it to Chapter 15 and threw in the towel. Dull with unsympathetic characters and virtually no action. Billingham's great narration couldn't save it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I really got into the story - great characters and a riveting storyline! Wanted to give it 5 stars overall but the ending was too abrupt for me...needed better closure.
Having enjoyed some of the previous novels by this author, I was disappointed by this book. It’s ponderously slow being dominated by long passages that sound like transcripts of what was said at group therapy sessions for addicts. Followed by hearing the resumé of each session by the therapist. There are hours of this navel-gazing presumably intended to flesh out the characters but I found it boring and irritating.
Most of the characters are battling an addiction of one kind or another. None are likeable and verge on caricatures. Buried in all this verbiage there’s a murder that eventually get’s hurriedly solved near the end of the book.
The narrator is very good giving each character a distinctive voice.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
a tedious listen, it took me weeks to finish the book, not his best work
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I had the murderer all wrong which annoyed me . The story is constructed well with plenty of distractions from the guilty. It is wrapped up well. A very satisfying murder mystery
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Struggled with it, just wasn't my type of book. Narrative did not help. I could see it grabbing some readers who like group therapy.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful