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I was gripped by the suspense early on but two thirds into the story I thought it was being excessively drawn out. A concentration on too much unnecessary detail irritated me. I wanted the story to notch up a gear.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Having read a number of excellent books by this author, I was a little disappointed by this one. The plot was too implausible for the reader to be drawn into it and the convoluted series of events seemed to drag on for far too long. It was hard to accept that the headmaster of a top public school would in fact be a mass murderer or that the disappearance of a number of Argentinian women would have gone almost unnoticed. One also had to wonder how Raker would be reimbursed for all his efforts and particularly his travelling expenses, which must have been enormous.
There were, however, redeeming features in this novel. The descriptions of the island, its weather and its landscape, were highly effective in building up the brooding atmosphere at the centre of the novel.
To sum up, I found the novel too long and too complicated but I do not think this will put me off reading more of Mr. Weaver' s stories in the future.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
a gripping story full off twists and turns at every page turn. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and suspense. However I think ît is time for David Raker to take a back seat and put his feet up, surely his nine lives are up after this adventure. I can't wait for his next book.