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The main problem for me was that too much of the book was taken up with the detective’s private life, even going back to her schooldays. The plot was pretty standard fare because although I didn’t guess who the murderer was, there were many characters with the same set of motives. I would, though, read another book in the series, because the setting is interesting and having got all the personal stuff out of the way, the author might concentrate more on the plot.
3.0 out of 5 starsDisappointing after you read the synopsis
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 February 2018
The East London setting is authentic, as is the portrayal of the Bangladeshi origins of the detective. But the storytelling with each chapter written from the perspective of one of the main characters is not very successful. The tale itself does not reveal an effective detection process but just rolls on until the guilty party is revealed. It is fairly readable after the first few chapters but no masterwork in the genre.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 February 2018
An average police "thriller" - several murders related to a school in the poorer part of London, in a multi-cultural area. It is somewhat more interesting as it explores the various minority groups and religions and their relationships with the school. I am never convinced with the idea of "Creative Writing" courses - they seem to steer authors into a mode of expression that is a bit "samey".
I worked on an article for a magazine with a Creative Writer, and couldn't cope with the purple prose churned out and had to re-write the whole thing using my own voice... and this book has several of the stock phrases scattered about.