I left writing a review of this book for a week or so to decide what I really thought about it. I enjoyed it well enough when I was reading it, but it didn’t really grab me. And now a week later, I have no idea why that should be as it’s a damn fine read. I can only suppose it’s because I was feeling under the weather when I read it.
Set in Edinburgh during the festival, the book tells the story of a group of seemingly unrelated people who witness an incident of road rage. Throwing convention to the wind, Ms. Atkinson starts off the book with a viewpoint character that isn’t the main character of the story. This threw me a bit: as writers we are told to introduce your main/viewpoint character as soon as possible and I felt a little as if the rug had been pulled from under me when this ‘convention’ was broken.
I did enjoy the multiple viewpoints used in the book, liking some of the players better than others, and while most people cite the ex-detective Jackson Brodie as their favourite, I have a soft spot for put-upon builder’s wife, Gloria.
It was only when I got to the end of the book that I realised it was a crime fiction, so light was the author’s touch. Ms. Atkinson weaves the disparate strands of her story together in such a masterful way to leave you gobsmacked at the end. And as for the twist? Brilliant.
I would say, however, that if you can only dip in and out of a book, reading but a few pages at a go, this probably isn’t the book for you. The multiple viewpoints would, I think, make it very confusing as to where you were in the story.
All in all, I’d say this was a great read from someone who is fast becoming a favourite author.