Hmm, I think I'll stick to enjoying the TV version with its lovely, atmospheric camerawork and subtle characterisation. The writing was full of staccaHmm, I think I'll stick to enjoying the TV version with its lovely, atmospheric camerawork and subtle characterisation. The writing was full of staccato sentences, often telling rather than showing without any kind of subtlety. By the end, I was left baffled by the preposterous storyline. We are left without an adequate explanation, I felt, for some of the most important features of the earlier plot.
Yet another interesting example of how an indifferent book can be transformed into great television drama....more
I enjoyed this book. The premise, that a cure has been discovered for serious illnesses that leaves the patient with vampiric characteristics as a sidI enjoyed this book. The premise, that a cure has been discovered for serious illnesses that leaves the patient with vampiric characteristics as a side effect was intriguing.
I also liked the main character, prickly Nick Guthrie a gay police officer and 'Vee' who has some issues around forming personal relationships. The intricate dance that is the development of his relationship with Dr Anton Marber was, for me, the main pleasure of the story.
The main reason for the comparatively low rating is that the actual crime story never seemed very real or plausible to me. We didn't get to know the victims, so the murders had little emotional impact, and I was only semi-convinced when the identity of the perpetrator was revealed. I might have found it more plausible if more information and background detail had been leaked throughout the narrative, but it felt rather as though the reader was being asked to take quite a bit on trust, just as we were told who the killer was.
Part of the problem, I suspect, is that this novella was more strongly focused on the detective's personal relationship, so that the crime element took a back seat. There wasn't enough space for a convincing romance and crime drama combined.
The story of Vaz, a young Iranian art student in London, who goes on a night out with his new friends and inexplicably wakes up next to a dead body. ThThe story of Vaz, a young Iranian art student in London, who goes on a night out with his new friends and inexplicably wakes up next to a dead body. This was an enjoyable read; there is generally a good-hearted, somehow innocent feel throughout most of the novel,which is written in a chatty, colloquial style, with a strong emphasis on the redemptive power of love - this makes it the more shocking when things turn very dark indeed.
The setting in Walthamstow and the group of people Vaz becomes part of are vividly realised. The author has a good sense of place and description and clearly knows and loves the great Metropolis.
Crime is not my favourite genre, but the workings of the plot did somewhat stretch my credulity; however, I very often find that to be the case.
The novel could do with re-editing: there are lots of minor errors, especially with punctuation, the abuse of apostrophes being really quite painful. There are also sentences which were obviously hastily written and leave the meaning unclear.
This was a free ebook and an enjoyable entertaining novel, so really, I'm not complaining....more
**spoiler alert** Very readable, but ultimately thin and disappointing. The ending was inappropriately upbeat, with the paedophile fairly happy in pri**spoiler alert** Very readable, but ultimately thin and disappointing. The ending was inappropriately upbeat, with the paedophile fairly happy in prison though it seeems more likely that he would be persecuted by other inmates. The Inspector saying to the victim's mother that it was worth getting to know her and her murdered son was very jarring. There was also some irrelevant nonsense about a psychic. Some vivid and powerful passages, particularly in the depiction of the couple who found the body but the detectives themselves were bland and shadowy figures. I doubt I will be tempted to try more in this series. ...more