The most recent in a long series, this book will not disappoint fans of Inspector Lynley and his friends. I absolutely do not understand the weak reviews because this book is brilliantly plotted and extremely satisfying in its particulars. Long-term serial characters can become boring, or caricatures, but here George actually develops them and moves them (a bit) off their hangups (except for Deborah, whose personal obsession gets worse). It’s hard to discuss the story, or describe how George steps away from some of her characteric ploys without giving away numerous secrets and red herrings. There is probably not a trope of the modern thriller that the author has left out. However, the setting is an unfamiliar part of the English countryside, which does add its own gothic charm. Six hundred pages are needed to do all this, and there’s not too much that could have been dropped. For series fans a must read; non-fans need to go back to the first book and get started.
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