Waves Break on Unknown Shores
This story is written in the first person, and the narration is both skillful and effective. A few times I got lost and had to go back to get who was speaking; so, I advise making certain that it's easy to tell who's talking all the time. . This is really minor, however, because the author is skilled in this POV narration, moving back and fourth through the characters' lives and personality development. Maybe the title reveals the plot, because, like the waves, I don't know where the plot is evolving. Will the characters develop the plot as the title suggests, or does the author know how and where all these people are going to ultimately collide in life. I'm looking forward to find out, because certainly this is about more than a burglary. Somebody's going to get killed, and the authors have put a number of dangerous people on the stage with the narrator.
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I'm going to come back after Chapter 6 and reconsider my ratings of plot and story, because I don't feel on track where this is going. That's not going to be a problem as long as these well developed characters struggle with fates and relationships from childhood in meaningful course in this seemingly tough seaside town,
The drama is really good, but it's way to early to tell where the bodies will be when the curtain drops. Excellent writing, character development and narration.
OK, I answer these questions. The narration is very effective in the end and ties everything together. It is a gritty story and one of the compromises made by the tradition of English law that erodes the idealism of all those involved, cops and reporters alike. Very real everyday stuff. Too real, and love the part about talking heads on TV. They're always the same and they're reliable. Heaven help the TV anchor who interviews somebody with a drastically different opinion on crime. Nice job of cleaning up the mess all these people made and then made the best of. They are just people, and this is not Putin's Russia
There are no books like this about the oil tyrannies. So, I agree with a previous statement. It's not resounding victory for anyone, but it's the way things are. The narrator tells it the way it is - with a very subtle sense of cynicism. "Folks, that's about as good as you get. Next."