I thoroughly enjoy the "Inspector Banks" series. I have mixed feelings about this one. The characters simply do not ring "true". The storyline is very...moreI thoroughly enjoy the "Inspector Banks" series. I have mixed feelings about this one. The characters simply do not ring "true". The storyline is very interesting in those sections dealing with Grace Fox, but Chris seems a sort of a "milk toast" type.
The character of Chris is the problem for me. I had to keep checking the year of the story, because Chris didn't seem to know about internet use in completing his research, until fairly well into the novel. "Heather" seems like the sort of fantasy love interest a conceited, unrealistic older man would concoct for himself. And why does every character urge him to back off in his investigations? That seemed odd. After all, the murder was 60 plus years ago, and who wouldn't be interested in a murder in their home?
Also, why would a woman who proudly noted that she had resisted war time romances for 6 years, when anyone could be forgiven for needing human comfort & when she could have conceivably gotten away with it, with no consequences, return & have an affair with a man 20 years younger in her own home town? That fact is never explained or explored & seems very out of character for Grace. What could have been an excellent book is merely good.(less)
I love this genre; this book was conceptually appealing but awkward in execution. Many aspects just did not ring true & I found myself asking ......more I love this genre; this book was conceptually appealing but awkward in execution. Many aspects just did not ring true & I found myself asking ..."how could this be?" The heroine is engaging, as are the other characters. As far as the plot, Del's act of betrayal was too easily predictable, as was the growing attachment of Aiden & Lucy.
Some of the things that simply did not seem possible were, for example: only 1 in a million survive...so the United States now has less than 300 people? Then where are all the bodies? There should be mountains of them, everywhere, but all the novel explains in that "they are buried in the rubble. And if only 300 people survive, how is that such a large percentage of them are in New York? And how does one person's medical file survive among all this cataclysmic chaos? And what school nurse ever takes that many details about a student, calamity or not?
Why would Lucy leave the only home she every knew, to live in the open? Why isn't there more to scavenge, given the massive population die off? Why does there seem to be many "Sweepers", but when the Trio of rescuers get to the island, there are less than a dozen? What happened to all the children the "Sweepers" collected?
Why didn't the Tsunami wipe out the island compound? Why didn't the people at Hell's Gate know about it? Tsunamis are huge...yet we are supposed to believe it only affected part of NYC? What happened to all the guns? Three teenagers think they are going to attack a compound armed with only sling shots, bows & arrows & a spear? REALLY?
These are just a few of the questions that crossed my mind. Many aspects of the book just seem simply implausible. (less)
Initially I thought the novel would be too gruesome, given the jacket cover description. However, the main character, Mila, is intriguing & captur...moreInitially I thought the novel would be too gruesome, given the jacket cover description. However, the main character, Mila, is intriguing & captures the reader's interest.
I dislike that the reader is unable to determine the setting. Perhaps the author uses this as a device to keep the reader disoriented, & it works in a strange way.
Throughout different points, I have thought it is Italy, Germany, Argintina..but I can not get a real feeling. Part of my enjoyment of mysteries is the setting & the small cultural differences & policing differences. So this was a negative aspect for me. The landscape descriptions, the names of the characters, are purposefully designed to keep the reader ignorant of the location.
The premise is clever, but strange. How this individual is able to get people to commit horrendous crimes is not fully explained. Some of the many mysteries in the book are left unanswered, again contributing to the reader's disorientation.