This author can always be relied upon for originality and fine writing, and any new work arouses the highest expectations. But in this novel she has lumbered herself with a plot so rigid and all-pervasive that it gobbles up energy that could otherwise have gone into characterisation or even the odd, welcome sub-plot. A disturbed teenager, writing in the first person, who decides to pass himself off as another family’s missing child is not a bad idea in itself, but in these pages the guilt, shame and fear he experiences is re-visited so often it ends up by becoming a bit of a bore. For readers hanging on to the end there is a good climax involving that trusty old figure from horror films, a Wicker Man. But the charm typical of Valentine’s earlier novels is replaced here by something heavier and more unwieldy, with few light passages to offset the general gloom plus a general straining for effect that ultimately becomes self-defeating.
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