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Lasting Damage by Sophie Hannah
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Why are the characters in so many of these British "Psycho-Mysteries" always so mean to each other? Our heroine Connie's family is totally nasty, Charlie and Simon are newlyweds who seem to have a non-relationship in which the husband plays an unkind trick on his bride and has no interest in pursuing intimacy with her. Connie and Kit are living a huge lie with Kit doing everything in his power to drive his wife over the edge of sanity. Parents disown children and no one has a kind word to say about anyone else. What a sad dreary world these characters inhabit! The plot is unbelievable at best and laugh-out-loud ridiculous at worst - and it is often at its worst. The final chapters are long conversations where "all is explained", and the sense of satisfaction at having a mystery solved is just not there - rather one is left with a feeling of exasperation and having been lead on an ultimately silly chase. Sophie Hannah is a very good writer however, and it is the strength of her story telling skill that pulls the reader along. For that, I give her three stars. Hopefully, with time and maturity, her plots will contain a greater degree of verisimilitude and her characters will be kinder to one another.
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