My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This novel was not what I expected.
It starts, almost exactly as I expected, introducing an investigator, a victim and mysteriousness. What exactly happened? And why? The first, brief chapter is very good – lots of detail, no substantial information. And then we plunge in; the story progressing with a different narrator each chapter.
Had it not been for the many positive reviews of this book, coupled with the fact that I have listed it as one for the Australian Women Writers Reading Challenge 2012, I might have put it down. I like stories told from different perspectives, but I found myself wanting to edit things – sentences, phrases, clichés. But somewhere along the way, there was a turning point. It helps to read this in one – or at least only a few – sittings.
This novel is about loyalty. Only the surface is a crime novel. Like all good books should, you’ll think about it long after you have finished reading it.