Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Start of Everything, by Emily Winslow
I wish I'd liked this more. The characters were interesting and well drawn, the prose top notch, and the mystery interesting. But the structure alienated me. People are killed and police inspectors investigate. Chapters are presented from the perspectives of victims, killers, and inspectors, which explain who they were and what their actions were, but, in the case of the victims, often not why they died -- perhaps because they didn't really know the reason. Maybe if I'd locked myself in an empty room for a day, I could have held all the threads in my mind and figured out better how they wove together.