This was my least favorite of George’s reads. It went on forever. The two narrative styles did not fit. I already guessed at who did what and it was a long winding road to get there. The Webberly thing read as ridiculous after a while. Lynley is even more of an ass in this one. It felt like a lot of things happened without a lot of police work to get people to where they needed to go.
I liked the book focusing on memory and what we remember as being accurate or false. But after a while I just didn’t care. We have Lynley asked to investigate, when a former woman who is known by Webberly and other former New Scotland Yard forces is found dead by a hit and run. The woman’s young daughter was drowned years ago and now after she is found dead people wonder what was it that caused her death. When more people connected to that case start being found dead, Lynley, Winston, and Havers are put on the case to figure out who is running people down.
Lynley of all people doesn’t follow prior characterizations when he decides to hide something important on a case. Havers of all people points out to him how dumb this is. I maybe laughed a bunch of times considering the last book. St. James, Deborah, and Helen are barely in this one. They just seem to come on stage for Lynely’s character and that’s it. Winston’s story-line was weird, I don’t know what George was going for there, but it felt….off. I don’t even know what else to say without spoilers.
The writing was not good in this one I am sorry to say. George using a diary style format for a character told in the first person didn’t work with the narrative style being told via third person point of view. Also, the diary style was way too long. It kept taking me out of the story. I started to skim after a while since I could guess what happened since George practically points a red arrow at the guilty party(ies).
The flow was awful due to the narrative style. We also have a wrench thrown in via Lynley and Helen’s marriage that had me dislike Lynley even more. At this point the man just wants a mannequin, not a wife.
The ending left too many plot holes I assume will be resolved in the next book or the one after. I don’t know…I started off enjoying these, but I noticed a drop off between this book and the last one. And I have been warned there is another one that is going to tick me off and the quality is going to be really bad. So I may stop here, I don’t know.