Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2018
What a messy book! The author has captured the true messiness of human life that most of us experience ourselves in the situations of Jackson Brodie and five or six other main characters. Her expertise is that she manages to tie up all the messy loose ends in the climactic scene at the housing tycoon Hatter's palatial home. This complicated story, which combines whodunit mystery and fascinating character studies, uses plot twists and shockers. For better or worse, the story also contains nearly all the elements of a slapstick farce, wherein identity mistakes and glaring ignorance of facts lead to the aforementioned bloody but comical resolution scene at the Hatter residence. The satisfyingly complex action moves right along and keeps the reader pretty well riveted. The only irritant I noticed was the seemingly excessive obtuseness on the part of the police in their failure to connect the dots in their overlapping investigations. Of course, obtuseness is an essential part of any farce.