Sunday, 12 August 2012
Four young people set up an agency that apologises to people. All is going well, until they're sent to an apartment where they find a body and a set of instructions.
I'll admit, I had utterly no idea what this book was about when I bought it. I'll admit, I was drawn to it simply because of the nifty cover.
It was excellent.
I can't say much about the plot without spoiling it, but there are multiple points of view and things happening in different time-frames. It's not something you can skim, but I promise it's worth the extra effort. It's one of those rare books that have a gripping plot and are beautifully written.
If I had one complaint, it's that some of the characters are better defined than the others. For example, it features brothers Wolf and Kris. If their dialogue wasn't clearly tagged, I had no idea which of them was speaking. I had a similar issue with Frauke and Tamara, but a lot of the time it didn't really matter which of them was speaking. I really am just digging for a criticism.
This book is definitely worth a read (and it has black-edged pages, so you need a copy even if you never bother to read it), but in the interests of a fair warning - this is not a book for the easily disturbed. Seriously. I was unsettled by it, and it takes a lot to unsettle me. I can't tell you what the problem is without spoiling the entire book, but take my word for it. If you're looking for a happy read, this is not it.