Once again the narrative starts with a sort of spoiler (see my review of Book 1). Miss the first 1min 20sec (including the Audible intro) and start at “Chapter One …”.
Unfortunately the Publisher’s Summary also works against the novel. I didn’t find the story was a “psychological thriller, augmented by the in-depth and impressive character analysis ...”
Although set just after the Great War, supposed to be a character, the story could be, with minor changes, any time after an experience of catastrophe for the protagonists.
A major feature of this series is “Hamish”, but I still found this contrivance adding nothing to the development of the narrative; I found its inclusion tedious.
There is much internal “it might have been …“ and “Perhaps …” sequences; ad nauseam. I found these endless “Maybe” guesses rather simplistic, and not well integrated; not “in-depth and impressive character analysis”.
I didn’t find anyone to care about in the cast of characters. All of them seemed a bit dopy and Rutledge came across as self-indulgent, rather than someone suffering the torments of a past in the trenches; apart from his, almost, fits.
The reader was bothersome for me. The reading of the text seemed mostly to be the slow drawl of a private school boy; drawn-out vowels and syllables; or those of a traditional “narrator”. Moving from one to the other was tiresome. The problem was particularly noticeable with the internal dialogues of Rutledge/Narrator.
I gave this author a second chance after “A Test of Wills”, but it wasn’t a good fit.
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