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The book starts off a bit slow, as it sets up the character dynamics, but it is WELL worth the time, as the payoff is a gripping, intelligent novel set in the UK. As I listened to this, I thought of Ruth Rendell at her best, and to some degree, the psychological mysteries of Tana French and Susan Hill. One big difference from the traditional Christie-esque mystery, though, is there is no detective or Miss Marple-like character pursuing the clues, nor is there the traditional denouement at the end (no, "and the killer is....moment.)
Some of the primary characters aren't terribly likable, but we become engaged in their stories and cannot help but empathize with some of them. The writing is taut and well-plotted. There are twists and turns and surprises. Kelly moves the story forward by using different character point of views, which works well to increase the tension as we witness events through different eyes.
The narrators are all excellent and further develop the characters through their performances.
I highly recommend this chilling novel!
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If you like a good tale of revenge - and are willing to suspend quite a bit of disbelief - this book's for you. Coddled self-centered, self-satisfied family meets vengeful self-centered protagonist in a very cleverly structured novel.
It starts with the family, just a bit slowly, with what appear to be missing bits of backstory - If it had been a book I would have been leafing back to see if I had missed something - but all the little missing bits begin to become clear as we move into the second part of the book.
The deed that inspires the lust for vengeance is nowhere near the level of those found in The Count of Monte Cristo, The Woodcutter, or the Prisoner of Birth, or in many other good vengeance stories, The beauty of the book is that it allows, even encourages, the reader to believe that someone can be as hurt by, and as determined to avenge, what would be to many a small slight.
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