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Feels like an old/dated effort
Reviewed in Australia on 11 September 2015
JAK returns to early form here. No magic, no alternate world, just mystery and romance.
For the last few years it has felt like JAK has been coasting. Rehashed plots, h's and H's who are interchangeable, well written but no spark/fire.
So it was nice to see this attempt to gain her earlier form but it kind of fell short - mainly because this book feels like it was an old draft sitting somewhere in a file that the publishers have dusted off an attempted to market as a recent work. There are a couple of clues. The h, feels uptight an old fashioned, the whole talk of therapy and meditation - done already in several early JAK books.
The relationship between her Aunts that everyone (and I do mean everyone) keeps referring to them as being 'good friends'. Though they obviously lived together and were lovers. For heaven's sake - just say they were lovers or partners. Why tip toe around the subject so coyly?
The relationship between the H & h - was a little bit clumsy. There's murder and mayhem going on but then we'd suddenly switch to a romance scene. Even the sex scene felt a little bit out dated (as if written years ago)
Oh, and the jumps/conclusions everyone makes - well they are just nonsensical. At one point the villain, says they just had a feeling that the h had discovered their identity, based upon nothing more than watching her. Huh? And the villain's reasons for doing everything , ridiculous, if they are that balls out crazy how did they hold down a job for so long and interact with people?
I think I'm finally coming to the realisation that JAK will no longer be on my automatic 'must buy' list. I just don't think she can deliver a 'fresh' - keep me gripped to the book - read like she could once upon a time.