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Worse, the book isn't sure what it wants to be -- a mystery, an examination of reality show fame, or an argument against domestic violence. The three strands never really come together. In form, the book starts out as a mystery, with the kidnapping of a child at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, in a scene that's never really convincing. At first, the kidnapping seems to be merely a framing device for the woman the child is taken from, who's been raising the child since the death of his reality t.v. contestant mother. I knew the story was in trouble the moment the narrator, a ghost writer named Stephanie, opens her description of the FBI agent questioning her with the line "a lazy writer would have made something of..." Is McDermid telling us she's a lazy writer? Given how often she repeats the same word from one line to the next and uses the same expression multiple times within a few pages, I had to conclude that McDermid spent a lot of time working out the plot but very little on the actual writing.
The biggest problem with the book for me, however, was that the resolution of the mystery was obvious less than halfway through, and the writing and characters weren't strong enough to carry me to the end with any degree of interest after I'd figured it out.
I was excited to read new Val McDermid, but if this had been my first book of hers it probably would have been my last. She can do so much better.
McDermid does a pretty good job of switching back and forth from Stephanie's detailed, soapy memories to terse scenes in which law enforcement tries to track the kidnapper(s). She creates some interesting characters, including the flashy Scarlett who achieves fame on a reality TV show similar to Survivor; her dapper agent George; Scarlett's cousin, Leanne; although others (in particular, the detective Nick Nicolaides, Stephanie's love interest) fall flat.Read more ›
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This was my first book by the author, picked from a limited choice, & I found it formulaic. I WAS surprised by the ending but most surprised of all by (spoiler) Stephanie not... Read morePublished 5 months ago by susankaye
book kept your interest but the ending was dumb and something you would think a forth grader writePublished 5 months ago by john eckstrin
Wow what a shock at the end. Have always enjoyed Val McDermid's books, but did not anticipate the end.Published 6 months ago by Bill Andrew
Disclosure - I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Stephanie is travelling with a little boy. Read more
Not as gripping as other novels of Val McDermid, but as always a great read.Published 11 months ago by Est
The Wire in the Blood series is one of my all-time favourite TV crime shows. I love forensic psychologist Tony Wood’s tetchy relationship with detective Carol Jordan. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Elizabeth Lhuede
This was very different from this author's usual storyline.It was a nice break with a surprise ending.it was a very simple and fast read I finished this in two days. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jacqueline Jones
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