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Too much gore, and not a whodunnit
on June 21, 2012
I got this book because I so enjoyed Still Waters, McCrery's first Lapslie/Emma Bradbury book, but I was very disappointed with this one. Way too much of the book is focussed on describing the really horrible crimes, the torture, killing, awful stuff in excruciating detail. I had to skip whole chunks of the book, and now I am asking myself why I bothered to keep going at all as it has left a nasty taste in my mouth (no pun intended given Lapslie's synesthesia). Also, this is not a "whodunnit", we know almost from the very start who is responsible, although we don't fully understand why until the end.
I did notice that at times in Still Waters, there seemed to be a little too much relishing of the intricacies of painful death, but in this story this issue became really intrusive. Too much gore and awfulness, so unnecessary, has put me off trying another McCrery book.