- File Size: 475 KB
- Print Length: 255 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1979398925
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crooked Cat Books (December 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076ZJHFGG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ms Castle deftly juggles serious social concerns (teenage angst, bullying) with her light-hearted observations of the Dulwich well-to-do community. Her prose flows beautifully and kept me reading The Girl in the Gallery in almost one go. Her characters are perfectly portrayed to the extent that I felt I knew them. By the way, what the author doesn't know about the art world, just isn't worth knowing. On top of the mystery, red-herrings, social issues, and wit, The Girl in the Gallery is also an education.
Because she’s determined and dogged, Beth can’t let this go and leave it to the professionals. She’s sure there’s something toxic going on with that group of girls. The writing is gently and funny, while not diminishing the anguish of those involved. Beth’s a brilliant character, intelligent and nosy and an excellent foil for the profession, Inspector York. There’s also a spark between them which I hope continues to flare in later stories. A series to sit back and enjoy. Thoroughly good!
The book touches on several heavy themes, teenage angst, bullying, the effects of social media and peer pressure on the self-esteem, even anorexia and self-harm. These topics, added to the additional fears, concerns and pressures experienced by the lead character as a single parent, could easily have led the book to become perhaps too emotionally charged and less fun.
Thankfully, the author provides a deft lightness of touch to the exploration of these serious issues that allows the reader to care about and sympathise with the characters without becoming emotionally bogged down. This keeps the book firmly in the ‘cozy mystery’ category and out of dark psychological thriller territory. If that is your cup of tea, I would definitely recommend this as an enjoyable read. Four stars.