Top positive review
13 July 2018
This was one of the strangest, quirkiest, and yet intelligent reads of this year.
Thanks to Deadpool we all know about breaking the fourth wall and going 'meta'. This novel, which is as brilliant as they can be, does the same in terms of a crime thriller. It's a 'procedural' about writing a murder mystery, with the author "showing us the ropes" while moving step-by-step towards an inexorable, and yet rather surprising climax. The narrative, despite being laced with murders, grim undercurrent of violence, and a simmering tension between the protagonists, gets elevated by a wry British humour and straightforwardness.
We all know that Horowitz creates beautiful characters. Combined with that you have lots of 'real stuff' infused into the narrative, and his own solid, practical, and very-very real presence in the story. This makes the reading experience a mind-boggling adventure, akin to some virtual reality game, where the viewer, or reader in this case, doesn't know what or whom to believe.
And, befittingly, Horowitz does a 'Christie' again, but in a different manner than 'Magpie Murders'. How? To know that you have to read the novel, I must say.
Overall, a brilliant novel. I would consider it as a must-read for lovers of crime thrillers, detective stories, and in general, good, lucid, literary writing in any form.