Despite a slow start to the drama, once this book got going I really got hooked.
The first few chapters were pretty wordy, and although I don’t mind long descriptions sometimes, when there’s about 7 characters to introduce, it got a little repetitive. The one positive thing about this is that there was plenty of room for character development, which for some of the characters became quite integral to the story. I liked this, as normally a big development for a character can be more of a slow burn, but the nature of the novel meant that the characters were forced to confront their own flaws in a very stark way.
Once the book gets past the long intro, it was really interesting. With a twist on current political issues, involving a kidnapping, beheading, out-of-favour spies and dodgy journalists, there was a lot going on here. It was sometimes quite hard to follow with the long descriptions, but the drama did really intrigue me.
I was a bit lost as to the actual ‘mystery’ for a while, but as a sneaky, unnoticeable conspiracy started to show itself, it became really enjoyable and quite an unusual story.
This is not your typical crime story, with a death and a detective ready to solve it, and was instead quite disintegrated, with a lot of different characters and mini-stories involved. It’s a more unusual style of writing, but once I got into it I really enjoyed it. I have two more in the same series to read, and am looking forward to seeing where Herron takes the characters, particularly some of the core ones.
John Murray Publishing, 2017