I'm afraid this book was a struggle to listen to, although no fault is attached to the reader. The blame lies squarely at the feet of the author, who appears to have thought she was writing a take-off of a gothic novel. The writing was full of so many examples of over-dramatisation that it's impossible to pick just one on which to comment. The story held just enough twists to keep me listening to the end, but I'm afraid that there is no way I could recommend this book to anyone with a love of the English language.
I've read and enjoyed the Rebus novels over the years, but strangely enough, I don't recall reading this one. If I had, I probably wouldn't have bothered with the audiobook because I found the story quite weak in comparison to the other novels. What particularly disappointed me was the reader - the selection of Samuel Gillies for this novel just struck an entirely wrong note with me, to the point that it spoiled what enjoyment I could have got from the book. Overall, a disappointment and not a book I'd recommend to others.
I thoroughly enjoy all John Harvey's writing. I've listened to some of his novels on audiobook before and haven't been disappointed, but I am struggling to get through this one. The narrator is absolutely atrocious. He has no ability with accents, there is absolutely no hint that he has any clue about the personality or backgrounds of the characters he is meant to be portraying and even his narrative reading is depressingly bad. What a waste of a good book.
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