I was very disappointed with this book. Even though the writing was good, the story is much dragged out and exhausting. There are many pages describing just ordinary day to day life with nothing much happening. There are many promises, many "may be" moments, but they all turn out to be just boring detours. After reading so many wonderful comments I was very excited to give this book ago. I am wondering if perhaps I did not understand some key elements, or the story was just totally lost on me, because obviously so many people liked the book. Sorry, it was not for me.
Key elements, which were completely amiss for me (possible spoilers):
1) Rachel, one of the victims, is a middle aged woman with a husband and two grown children, and yet, several very powerful men go completely mad over her. Not a modern day reality I would say. Felt a little farfetched, perhaps because the character of Rachel is not developed well, it is hard for a reader to see what was so remarkable about her to cause so much drama (besides her emerald green eyes).
2) The main character's anger and self pity becomes aggravating after a few pages. In the face of such tragedy and trauma as the murder of his parents, Jeremy becomes totally wrapped up in his affair with his father's assistant. I understand that youth can be blind and selfish sometimes, but he is in his twenties already ,and his moodiness, his lack of self control and commitment and his complete irresponsibility makes it hard to like him (although, in some chapters he is described as a "beautiful man").
3) Everybody seems to forget about the sixteen year old daughter of the murdered parents. She is on her own most of the time, left unattended in the house where the crime was committed. Nobody seems to care about her well being. She is left wondering around lonely and alone, surviving this terrible tragedy.
4) Police is stupid as always. There is a multimillion dollar money laundering scam and a couple of high profile murders, but police has no clue about anything. They are the last to arrive at the scene as always (so predictable!)
5) The words "perspire" and "perspiration" are grossly overused. Would it be too bad to use "sweaty" and "sweat" once in a while?
6) And the most disturbing - the sexual descriptions make you want to go and wash your hands. Sweat drenched coupling among stale cigarette smoke, filth and "rabbit gravy" made me repulsed. I guess it depends on preference, but this was in my opinion the lowest low of the book.
Please don't be outraged with my review. It's only an opinion of one person. If you liked the book you are certainly welcome to say so. I am simply saying that I did not like it.