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- Publication Date : April 2, 2010
- File Size : 1071 KB
- Print Length : 706 pages
- ASIN : B003F2QOEQ
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Reprint Edition (April 2, 2010)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
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- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #77,315 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Pros: Barbara Havers continues to entertain and her relationship with her neighbors continues to develop. Winston Nkata is not a major character in this book, but you gotta love him and he's got one especially shining moment in the incident room. The novel alternates between a clinical case study of three boys involved in an older murder case and the current murder case being investigated by Scotland Yard, which is impressive in its complexity. It really picks up in the last third of the book as the two plot lines start to connect. The characters of Rob and Merry are likable and complex, and I found the last chapter of the book especially satisfying because of their likability. I found Jossie to be an intriguing character, if naive.
Cons: The first part of the book dragged, almost for the first third of the book. Initially the subplot of the little boy's murder detracted from the main plot line. I missed the interplay between Barbara and Lynley, who only had one real scene together where they hashed out their different takes on the case. The newest addition to the team, Isabelle Ardery, was very unlikable to me. She did not seem to have a personality. Her alcoholism/denial seems realistic and I am all for flawed characters and strong women, but there was nothing to make her sympathetic. And because I disliked her, I disliked Lynley's loyalty to her in the face of her rush to judgement and power plays, especially when that loyalty put him at odds with Barbara Havers. The attraction between Lynley and Ardery did not ring true for me; he is still grieving and nothing in the past 16 books would support him jumping into a relationship (even just a physical one) so soon after Helen's death. (And I say this as one of the few fans of the series who tended to be annoyed by Helen.) I get that grief would change a person, and I don't expect Lynley to always have good judgement on or off the job; I just found this pairing to be forced. Worse, it looks like she'll be back for at least one more book in large part thanks to him.
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The plot is good and twisty, and the Jamie Bulger-influenced subplot is harrowing stuff. Lynley is back on form and my beloved Barbara has some great moments. I cannot STAND Isabelle Ardery though and spent the whole novel hoping she'd get hit by a bus. No luck this time - onto the next novel...