When I picked up this book in Waterstones I was quite excited. Sounded like a proper murder mystery that I could get stuck into. You know the type; Christmas time, getting snowed into a country house, phone lines cut, all with a murderer on the loose! 🎄❄️🕯
It is vey much a classic English closed circle mystery. Whilst reading it, it almost felt like the Agatha Christie ‘And then there were none’ novel. 🔪🔫⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I have to say I wasn’t sold at first. It took me a long time to get into it. Cyril Hare is a great writer, very descriptive, but I was missing that spark✨. The one you get when you cannot put the book down. Also, I found myself having to re-read sentences as some of them were very long and I couldn’t remember what the point of them was. I could tell it was leading up to something, so I kept going. Eventually, after around 80 pages I finally got into it. This was because the murder had already happened and I REALLY wanted to figure it out. I had also grown to like some of the characters, and was hoping for some big twists! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
And for the next 100 odd pages I was hooked and quite invested. I was told this was like a Poirot novel, so I was looking for the clues. But there weren’t really that many. Finally, the murderer was revealed....📚🔍
To say I was disappointed is an understatement. Hare had a good plot, but the ending just wasn’t worth the read. A shame, but I guess you cannot like every book you read?
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