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on April 10, 2003
I'm sorry to say that I found River of Darkness to be a very disappointing, and totally predictable, thriller. The only mystery to me is how so many people can have enjoyed it. The failings are too many to all go into, so I'll stick to a few. Firstly, there are far too many characters introduced, all of whom are as well rounded as cardboard. The three exceptions are the leads: Madden, the detective, who is still trying to come to terms with the horrors of WW1. But even though the author has gone to the trouble of fleshing out Madden's background, the Detective still comes across as unsympathetic and totally unlikeable.
Of course, there's the mandatory love interest. An attractive doctor who sees more in Madden than anyone else does (including the reader)and they're promptly having sex soon after meeting (one of the worst written and gratuitous scenes ever put to paper). And finally, there's the villain, Angus Pike, who is introduced to us early in the story, just to get rid of any possiblity of a mystery. Pike likes slitting the throats of beautiful women. When he sees one he likes, he stalks them until he gets what he wants. Gee, I wonder what will happen when Pike sees the lovely Doctor? Could he stalk her and then make an attack, only to be stopped by Madden at the last moment? No, that would be far too predictable. Wouldn't it?
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