There is so much wrong with this book that I hardly know where to start…..It is full of inconsistencies,not to say mistakes(a grand chandelier,sparkling like diamonds,all that from the glow of 1 bulb,marvelous….;green eyes that mysteriously change into blue eyes and fifty pages further ,lo behold,they are chocolate brown;characters who seem to forget what they said,or asked,4 sentences earlier and so many more unbelievable errors (and I mean many more!)) As for the writing,there is virtually no description of any surrounding(the school is supposed to be gothic,well your guess is as good as mine…),the dialogues are static,there are strange time-lapses and none of the characters feel real(and are definitely not well defined),certain sentences are not finished and there are a load of silly mistakes(for example:it would help easy my conscience…) The worst read this year…it is a pity,because there is a good storyline hidden somewhere but unfortunately…..
Well,the storyline is good, it is a classic British murder mystery. Most of the characters are well developed and believable but for 3 keyplayers.A superintendent who seems to have a IQ of minus 20, DI Peach and his partner (both professional and personal) DS Blake. They are bordering on the slapstick side, unfortunately without the fun. (There is a love (bed)scene between the protagonists,and apart from being completely superfluous, it is probably a perfect antidote to any kind of love at all(the bloke goes aaaargh…,death throes,pleasure, shock???)) Pity….
Sometimes, and let’s face it, this is not a very pleasant passage that we’re all going through, but sometimes it just needs some weird creatures to make (or at least pretend to make) everything all right again…just for a moment!
This has been a very special year for all us,across continents and oceans, countries and villages. But there is light, a small light but nevertheless light at the end of this weird tunnel. So from now on,well now(?) it can only go uphill…
I wish you and all the creatures you care about all the best for 2021 🥂