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5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the best by Turnbull
Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2018
Among the best books by Peter Turnbull, an “Altered Case” flows smoothly and quite powerfully from start to finish. Well written, well constructed, no great surprises but entirely logical in its resolution. The two families featured in this story are in contrast to one another and are nicely opposed and opposite.
1.0 out of 5 starsStrangely readable for as bad as it is
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2021
Sort of like Agatha Christie without the pretense of a mystery. While not exactly stereotypes, none of the characters or anything they do or think is remotely believable. Reads somewhat as if the author were paid by the word, which whole blocks of text being both implausible and unnecessary.
I am only up to page 6 and have given up as I can't bear to continue with something so badly written. Was this book even edited? If so, the editor should hang their head in shame. Here is a typical sentence: "They sat in silence as they betook of the beverage, both admiring the slender form of the waitress, who had, they both thought, the mannerisms of a university undergraduate who was working to help her pay her way to a good degree, and the doors that would open for her". "Betook of the beverage" - really? How about "drank"? My mind boggles at what "mannerisms" the waitress displayed that might have told them (and us) all that about her. And as for the dialogue: "I need something else in me other than the slice of toast I had for breakfast in order to go through with this" ... "Likewise...It will psyche us up; help muster the courage to go through with this". Clunk, clunk, clunk. Pity really, because the plot sounded quite interesting and with better editing it might have been a decent read.