jamiebowen0306 (jamiebowen0306) wrote,

I finished "Too Close to Home" by Linwood Barclay

This book focuses on Jim Cutter, a gardener, whose neighbour was shot in his home, along with his wife and son. After the initial shock, the questions soon becomes whether the neighbours were the real targets, what his wife and son really know, and what is it about his wife's boss that gets her to come running whenever he calls.

In response, Cutter sort of has a bit of a mooch around to find out what's going on. Along the way he finds out some things that are aren't too nice about his wife, child, his wife's boss, and his former boss that all put them in the frame for the murders.

This isn't a bad book, but it isn't great either. The central character it's proactive enough to my mind. His wife and son are clearly up to something, but he makes no real effort to front up soon enough to either of them. This might have happened to make the story work better, but I think it's a rum old do if you're changing character to fit story, if you ask me.

In addition, I didn't particularly like Cutter's wife and child either. What we find out about them along the way had me confused about how they'd stayed together so long.
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