I was really enjoying this book by Stu Turton, but feel I’ve done it a great disservice by ‘just not getting on with it’ (I wasn’t two-timing TSDOEH; stuff just got in the way, like dogs, wine, and nocturnal phone shenanigans). The novel has a great premise and is well written, although I thought the ending was too neatly, quickly, and confusingly tied up, and I was left wondering about the full back stories of three of the characters (Anna, Felicity, and Juliette), and why the murderer carried out his/her actions in the first place - just a nut job, or damaged somehow at a very early age? There’s also a bit of sci-fi chucked in, which, since reading Iain Banks’ The Bridge, I’m not that keen on. There are a lot of characters, and the tale keeps repeating itself in a Groundhog Day style ... perhaps I need to lock myself up in a room for 48 hours and try again.
This is Mr Turton’s debut novel, and he is certainly talented; he also has a kind face.
On a side note, I’m glad to see the chick lit trend diminishing, and an emergence of more thoughtfully-writ novels.
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