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A great story, superbly written with believable characterisation.
A story of bureaucratic incompetence with dreadful consequences on people’s lives. And all written as a thriller, sheer brilliance.
A further sad reflection is that many of the real characters are those that caused the death of thousands in the Great War of the early 20th Century.
Simplistic dialogue and story line.
Nothing else to write other than there are far more intelligent and Covent authors out there; therefore I would not recommend this book nor will I seek out other novels by the author.
Naive & amateur
There is a story in this novel but it is let down by naive stereotypical characterisation, incredulous narrative and does not reflect real dialogue.
A story that draws you in.
DM returns to her heroin and gives one another taste of gritty family life of people who manage to get buy when weaker people would not. And all wrapped around a mystery. Totally believable characters.
A great story
BM back to her best in characterisation and story; though at times credulity was stretched it fitted the story and did not detract with plenty of red herrings along the way. PS it also sets up a younger sleuth for the future given the age of them main protagonist.
Mark Billingham remains at the top of his game. Another fantastic Tom Thorne novel; a great story brilliantly told. Simply unsurpassable. To all who are a fan of the Thorn series this will not disappoint and fans of the author will be confirmed in their belief of the authors ability to spin and tell a plausible story with plenty of red herrings along the way.
Poor, amateur attempt to reincarnate characters that are now one dimensional. Also read in a poor racist manner
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Cracking story unputadownable
Belinha Bauer is a master at story telling; her previous novels are also a must