My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I hesitated to pick this up, as it’s the novelization of a TV show and I’m not much for TV. I’ve enjoyed other Erin Kelly books though, so I gave it a shot.
Kelly’s other books are twisty-turny psych thrillers with good payoffs at the end, although I found all of them a tad slow to build, lacking the urgency I like. Broadchurch is the exception, perhaps because it is based on a TV show. Peeking through the narrative are glimpses of the lighting and camera angle tricks and little cliffhangers that are the trademarks of serial television dramas, but tempered enough that I don’t feel I’m being played. There is no shortage of suspects in this tale of the senseless killing of an eleven-year-old boy. The atmosphere of a fairly insular small town, where everybody seems to have at least a passing relationship with everyone else, and if they don’t know your business they’ll be happy to make it up out of whole cloth, shines through and adds to the tension and intrigue.
Bookshelves: book-from-film, brit-lit, crime-drama, mystery, detective, police-procedural
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