Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Black Dog by Stephen Booth

Published: PocketBooks

Goodreads:  As helicopters search Northern England's Peak District for fifteen year-old Laura Vernon, Detective Constable Ben Cooper quietly dreads the worst. And when her body is found in the woods, Cooper's investigation begins with a short list of markedly uncooperative suspects: retired miner Harry Dickinson, whose black Labrador discovered Laura's body, and Laura's wealthy parents. Uneasily teamed with ambitious newcomer Detective Constable Diane Fry, Cooper tests a town's family ties, friendships, and loyaties -- and finds that in order to understand the present, they must unearth the past.

Kritter Quick Thoughts:  So rarely do I not finish a book, but this was the one book this year that I just couldn't get into.  I think it was the setting and the amount of build up the author put in.  It took way too many pages for something to happen and I just couldn't get invested to find out what happened next, so read at your own risk.  If you like a huge build up, this is for you!

Any Stephen Booth fans out there?  Is there one of his that is better?


Stephen Booth said...

Hi, Kritter. I'm sorry BLACK DOG didn't really work for you. Every reader is different, of course! I try to make each book a bit different too - so the second one, DANCING WITH THE VIRGINS, cuts to the chase a bit quicker. :) Thanks for giving me the space on your blog, though. It's much appreciated.

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