3,0 sur 5 étoilesA Tense, Present Tense, Police Thriller
23 août 2019 - Publié sur Amazon.com
DC Con Fairchild is recovering her balance, her health and her career following a high profile case which has left her the focus of media attention and forced her into hiding to escape that. Returning to London from a Highland retreat she finds herself confronted by a mutilated young man, barely alive and almost on her doorstep. Although she's supposed to be suspended from work, work seems not to be willing to suspend itself from her and she is pulled into a new investigation.
What I really liked: The Main Character. Con is someone it's easy to identify with despite the classic 'poor little rich girl' motif. She is gutsy and vulnerable, has family problems and work problems, self-confidence and self-doubt. A very well rounded, believable and engaging character. The Setting. Well presented and feeling real. Gritty but avoiding the sense of being utterly bleak which can be the downfall of such books. There are pools of peace and good people as well as bad. The Story and Pace. The story was multi-faceted which meant there was a lot going on all the time. That kept the pace taut and the plot moving along with enough happening to keep me turning the pages for the majority of the book. The end was, sadly, utterly predictable.
What I struggled with: The Present Tense. I have no idea what has led to some authors leaping on this wobbly band-wagon. The shifts between past and present tense always jarred and just when I was getting into reading immersion the oddness of a workaround that just wouldn't be needed in past tense writing would flip me out again. It was incredibly frustrating and costs the book a star. The Tropes. The 'poor little rich girl' thing really grated as it was not well played and sometimes made it hard to keep sympathy going for Con. It felt more like an author device to allow her to have wealthy friends and family offering convenient support rather than anything else. Also, from the moment they appear, it is obvious who the bad guys are and the way the main bad guy was presented he might as well be have been wearing a neon sign around his neck. I kept expecting an out of left-field twist to save it from the over-signposted highway of events to come, but alas not. This meant it lost much of it's 'thrill' factor for me and another star in my estimation.
Overall Thoughts This is a book in two parts - the build-up which is excellent and the denouement which is predictable. It will appeal to those who like great female characters, present tense writing and police-based crime stories but are not too fussy about twists in the tail.