This book is beyond excellent it is a true work of literature. The bombed out landscape and the wave of crime hitting ordinary Londoners who are trying to survive as best they can on rations serve as a metaphor for mental desolation and despair. The author explores three points of view, the killer, the victim and the detective - they are all fighting inner demons and trying to work out what the point of existence really is. The prevailing cynicism is offset by the young female police officer who is looking to the future and presages a better life to come - perhaps. This is a book which really makes you think and question certainties; it is a relatively short in length but very wide in the intellectual challenge it will give you. The narrator is splendid and his voice is perfect for this tale, I cannot praise him enough. Daniel Weyman makes an extremely moving tribute to Sian Busby at the end of the book which will no doubt give you an added insight into the content of the book.
This is an exciting thriller and the idea of using two narrators is excellent as this avoids a female reader doing exaggerated husky voices and for a male reader to try out irritating soprano efforts. Mike Lockyer the detective is extremely likeable and human. The intrigue is led at an agreable pace. This is my first encounter with Clarie Donoghue and I look forward to reading other books by this promising author.
This is a gripping tale but I like to read Ian Rankin more for his characterisation than his plots. Rebus is one of the best detectives of modern crime literature and here in spite of his increasing age he has lost none of his mental agility. He is at heart a thoroughly moral man but thankfully not a moralist which is why I find him so irrestistible. Siobhan, his former Detective Constable is now a Detective Inspector and out to prove herself. Just for good measure Fox is also included in this book and has undergone rehabilitation on the part of the author.
If you are a fan of Rankin you won't be disappointed.
Having loved Gone Girl I thought this would be a disappointment but I was wrong. It is different and maybe not quite as obsessive and compelling but it gently catches you and you just want more. The Characters are wonderfully unlovable and the pace is near perfect.
hard to believe at times yet it becomes believable as the story draws you in.
A really good read and really requires you to pay attention.