When Simon Dyers was commissioned to design a museum exhibition in the sleepy market town of Gilchester, he had expected a few weeks of relaxing work, away from the frenetic chaos of London, his main worry being to convince the Museum's board of directors that his ideas were what they needed. He didn't expect to have to compete with the brutal murder of the local vicar.
When a second murder is discovered, it is a "wake up" call that puts Gilchester "on the map" in quite a different way from what they could expect from Simon's new exhibition. And Simon's American girlfriend doesn't exactly help matters by deciding to turn amateur detective...And it is not too long before body number three turns up, accompanied by shrieks of "Serial Killer!" from the tabloid press....
What would have made The Potential better?
A better story line, better ending, better editor, character development, a shorter version of it...... the list goes on.
What was most disappointing about June Bretherton’s story?
The whole thing. Dragged throughout the story. It seemed that the author was getting paid by the word. Then finally in the last two chapters..... the ending was totally stupid and she laid no groundwork for it. Shallow characters too. The author just repeated herself for 22 chapters. Stilted dialogue as well.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The narrator was not bad. But the recording of it, allowed the reading to hear every breath he took. Distracting.
What character would you cut from The Potential?
Hard to decide.