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A Lovely Way to Burn (Plague Times Trilogy) Paperback – April 5, 2016
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"An unusual and fascinating take on a crime novel from the established and endlessly inventive Louise Welsh . . . With a strong central character and vivid depictions of the disorder that accompanies social breakdown, it's a gripping book that prepares the way nicely for the next volume."―Guardian
"Don't start reading this if you have a long to-do list, it's a hypnotically readable thriller and you won't get much don't until you've finished it . . . What's gripping about this is the way the two stories, the crime thriller and the gathering apocalypse combine to create something tenser and scarier than either alone. The way that society gradually disintegrates is brilliantly done; it makes you feel just how fragile civilization is."―Independent on Sunday
"I've felt for a while that we are in the mood for an intelligent slice of London-based dystopia, and I think Louise Welsh has cracked it with A Lovely Way to Burn . . . it kept me up all night nervously turning the pages."―Bookseller
"a fine example of one of my favorite modern concoctions: the apocalyptic mystery"―Black Gate
"Being immune to illness does not mean you're immune to a killer with a need . . . This dystopian mystery is the beginning of a series, so it will be interesting to see what happens to Stevie next."―Suspense Magazine
About the Author
Louise Welsh is the author of five highly acclaimed novels including The Cutting Room and, most recently, The Girl on the Stairs. She has been the recipient of several awards. A Lovely Way to Burn is the first novel in the Plague Times trilogy.
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There were two, main drawbacks, however. The first is that the motivation for Stevie to drive herself unswervingly into trouble was, at times, flimsy and illogical. Even though thrillers are meant to require the extreme, the instinct for self-preservation should keep the lead character's feet firmly planted on the ground. (This is their appeal.) But sometimes Stevie does the opposite to what you know she could or should do, and this can be annoying.
The other drawback is that the ending is a bit simplistic and sudden. The storytelling talents of the author, which are on display in most of the book, made me expect more.
But all in all, Welsh really brought Stevie to life for me, and made me want to follow her. And it's a good thriller, most of the time. I read this book quickly, enjoyed it, found it absorbing, and will be reading the next one.
All in all, the book promised more than it delivered.
Eventually I grew tired of such clumsy editing and downloaded the book in its original language. I will do a proper review for that one.