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Author does not have confidence in the heroine
13 July 2018
The author spoils a good detective novel by not having confidence in the main protagonist to carry the story to the climax.
The plot in this novel is well done and arises from the characters involved. The author does a good job of hiding the identities of the victims and perpetrators. The murders that are committed are not clear cut:are some assisted suicides, or others the result of provocation? This ambiguity strengthens the novel.
The pacing of the novel is excellent and fits the story. The interweaving of first and third person narration adds to the tense atmosphere of the novel as we try to identify the villain.
The characterisation of the protagonist is well done, and her development does drive the plot. What she thinks and does comes from her character.
There are unnecessary characters in this novel: DCI Douglas and his brother the super-hacker. I would argue that removing them would enhance the novel. The protagonist does have enough knowledge and wherewithal to drive the plot to its climax.