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McNeil is locked in a world of pain and regret, a life he can only drink away and hope he doesn’t wake up in the morning. Only he does, to relive another nightmare of a day without Kit. There are only a few scratchings of his past dredged up from terrible memories, things he’d rather forget and one wonders what monsters he struggles with. He can’t get Kit out of his mind and he is eaten with guilt and bolstered by hope. Wherever she is, a pair of violet eyes haunt him from a hospital bed and no matter how far he runs he can’t get away entirely. At this point, I wonder if this is dealings of a paranoid mind, a man so hazed by booze he can’t put one foot in front of the other. Forming an uneasy alliance with Nell, McNeil must get to the bottom of what he believes might be an elaborate game.
The dialogue is punchy, driving the story at a phenomenal rate and of particular interest to me was the mood so vital to a book of this kind. Each chapter brings new twists and mysteries as Morton switches perspectives flawlessly through a deeply tortured mind and a desperate copper just trying to understand what has happened to his lost love. Every reader will wonder if this the recipe of a crazed and disillusioned mind or something far more sinister. Another thing that surprised me was how much I cared about Nell, how she slowly became someone I wanted to root for. She makes a valuable contribution in a choice that McNeil must finally make.
The cover to start with is so compelling and spooky, you just have to pick this book up.
Then to the read. Well it's the most twisty, intriguing book I've ever read. Nell's voice is so chilling and so riveting, you are under her spell from the get go. Then onto Detective Joe McNeil, a voice of realism in a mirage of murder and mayhem. The plot so twisty you get in deeper and deeper until you are in so deep, you're not sure what or who to believe.
I had no idea of the pattern being weaved or how all the puzzle pieces fit, and when I thought I had a handle on it, the game shifted and I was left lingering once more. And it really wasn't until the end that I finally got the much needed answers I was searching for. And what an ending and what an answer it was.
There is no other word for this other than masterful. Masterfully written, masterfully conceived and masterfully executed.
One of the best thrillers this year, by one of the best authors in this genre.
I can assure you once Nell gets hold of you, she won't let you go.
It's incredibly well crafted, finely balanced between a gritty police drama and a surrealistic supernatural fantasy - and that is what takes you right into the mind of the main character, who is himself struggling to understand what is and is not real. Keeping the reader involved whilst still maintaining that intentional confusion is a very difficult trick, but Morton pulls it off so well that I didn't even notice it happening. Instead I was totally absorbed by the pace, the tension and the mystery.
The previous time I reviewed a book by this author I said it was the best thing she'd written: now I have to say it again!
The characters are introduced slowly and expertly; like a jigsaw they are revealed piece by piece. We learn why the main protagonist has lost his way without too much detail at one time keeping us wanting more and turning the page until all is revealed.
We are left wondering about the strange girl that is Nell; her thoughts lyrical and enigmatic in contrast to the stark narrative belonging to her saviour.
The way the whole thing wrapped up at the end left me gasping for breath.
An excellent read and way, way underpriced!
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