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Very mediocre which was a shame as I had listened to the author on a local radio program and it was set close to my home.
First bugbear and it was my own fault - I cannot stand stories written in the present tense. They grate on me so much that I cannot get past the tense and into the story with ease.
I don't much like female narrators either, especially when they properly read every word and are somewhat prissy into the bargain. This one wasn't great at male voices and her accents, especially the Scots, were haphazard.
Beyond all that, the premise of the story was interesting - was she missing or was she dead? The main female lead was far too emotionally flakey for a middle level police officer and she stepped over the line with her emotional entanglements with players, witnesses, on the fringe of the story line. I wanted to smack her several times.
Of course one had to tick all the PC boxes - the lesbian relationship, the gay relationship, the heroic villain and the good black person. It'd be nice to read something without the "gay is normal and widespread" mantra being thrust down ones throat.
It was well over long, I think the author sought to enlist the aid of every descriptor known to man (or woman) - it could have been reduced by 1/3 and no one would have noticed.
I still ask myself why I bothered with it - apathy and no other good yarns on my iPhone at the time but I won't be getting the next in the series where the flakey, now DI, seems to have got herself knocked up. This book really irritated me - I don't usually write reviews!
Loved it. Great story. Great characters. Good narrator apart from the Scottish accent! I'm off to see if there are others in the series.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
The book had a really weak story, I didn't really like the writing style and kept hanging on thinking it would get better, but it didn't.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Loved Manon, lead detective. I enjoyed all of this book but a word of warning, the narrator reads like she's reciting a poem and it drove me mad. As the book progressed she read more like a good narrator should. Not sure I could do another with her though