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This was one of those books that kept me reading late into the night. Every story was different not just stylistically, but also in the author's interpretation of what a mystery actually is. As someone who has read a lot of crime fiction, I realise I prefer the term 'mystery' because there are more surprises and fewer cops having boring conversations whilst naval gazing. My favourite story was about a woman on the run with her child, escaping an abusive marriage through a network of helpers. It had a light touch but was also beautifully written. To be honest, every story in this collection was good. A great read.
I couldn't get through this book. Unfortunately, I was expecting actual mysteries or at least plots with some kind of event that needs to be resolved. These were just short stories, yes some somewhat "dark," but completely lacking in any kind of suspense or mystery. Some were just brief character studies. I made it halfway through before becoming bored and giving up. I wanted more plot from my stories.
I seem to have gotten into reading short stories, while this has a lot of them, they are not the best I have come across. I have only read the first 4 thinking it will get better (several hours of my life I will never get back), but the book hasn't done that for me, so I stopped reading. I may come back to it in the future.