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All the Hidden Truths by Claire Askew
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This crime novel is not a conventional whodunnit at all. In fact, the perpetrator is revealed very near the beginning. There are elements here of police procedural, character study, contemporary cultural investigation, and domestic drama. What there isn't, really, is suspense, which is a bit surprising for crime fiction. Is this a criticism? Perhaps. The writing is generally good, though there is quite a lot of repetition. The characters are believable and the dialogue is plausible enough. So if that is the sort of book one wants, then this is certainly an entertaining read. What I generally go to crime fiction for, however, is some suspense, some sense of worry for the characters, and some sense of the cultural and spiritual concerns of the primary investigator. That I didn't find here, though the links between the current crime and the DI's past are certainly made clear enough. The writing was good enough that I'll be willing to pick up another book by this writer. See more at

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Reading Progress

September 20, 2019 – Started Reading
September 22, 2019 – Finished Reading
September 23, 2019 – Shelved

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