Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Winterton Blue - Trezza Azzopardi

Synopsis - Lewis has a problem and it won't go away.  For the last twenty years, he has been haunted by the memory of his brother, by a stolen car and a river running full, and most of all the boy at the wheel.  Carl Finn, sociopath, liar, and drug runner, has remained his enemy.  Lewis's life is one of self-torment and introversion, all darkness and no light - until he meets Anna.

Anna is haunted too, but her ghost is very much alive.  Rita, Anna 's mother, is the exact opposite of her daughter.  Loud, carefree, a daredevil, at seventy-six and with a boarding house to run, she really ought to take more care.  Rita has suffered a fall, which forces Anna to leave London and spend the winter looking after her mother in Yarmouth.  It would be straightforward, were it nor for Vernon, a retired actor and bon vivant, who behaves more like Rita's boyfriend than a paying guest.  Despite Anna's protestations, the two live every day as if it might be their last.

Into this environment of carousing and cocktails stumbles Lewis, set to find the person responsible for his brother's death.  He recognises in Anna a kindred spirit, and she in him.  As they search for solutions to their problems, Anna and Lewis find themselves having to face troubling truths about who they are and what they might become - with electrifying consequences.

Review - On reading the synopsis I thought I would be in for quite an amazing journey.  Oh dear!  I struggled and very nearly gave up after a couple of chapters.  Fortunately, the book was reasonably short enough for me to decide to give it a go and do a review.

First of all, I did not like the writing style.  Secondly, I found in the beginning especially, the author would jump characters within each chapter.  I found that off-putting, muddling and difficult to understand what was supposed to be going on and where it would all lead.  Three-quarters through the book the characters did come together (literally) but I still wasn't convinced and this did nothing to make me change my mind about the book.  Thirdly, I did not find any of the characters particularly likeable.  Lastly, the ending was poor, for me it was left hanging.  Very disappointing. 2*

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