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I always enjoy the TV dramas 'Vera', which are based on many of this author's novels. This is my first book by her and I am sadly disappointed. It's not very well written. It has an interminable use of repeated strings of "he said, she said, he said". As to the story, we are given background on all of the characters involved. This is needed, but spends too much time on the small details of their lives. It must be acknowledged that issues of race and culture are handled extremely well, but this alone doesn't rescue the story for me. After developing all of the characters. The consequences of the 'deadly rucksack' mentioned in the publisher's note are just depressing. There are no surprises, as such situations are all too familiar. One hour from the end and I am returning it. Fictional accounts of this stuff seem pointless and just feel dispiriting. I'm not sure why I didn't anticipate this before purchasing it.
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