Get your coffee dose of the day, and read my review of a crime noir book by Irish author Ken Bruen!
This book has been on my shelf for about an eternity. I bought it on a sale years ago, and seems like I forgot about it completely for a huge amount of time. Then I discovered it’s still there (
good morning, darling), and I decided to read it.
I have mixed feelings about this book. Reading it was a rather weird experience for me.
As for the style, it is very minimalist, which is something I usually don’t like, but Ken Bruen seems to pull it off. Moreover, I should state that it really suits the main character, Mitch who is a recently freed prisoner and definitely not the over-explaining poetic type. At first I liked that he reads a lot and refers to books and authors, though by the end it was starting to get tiring. I couldn’t even decide if I like him or not.
I am uncertain about the story itself as well. What I can mention as a secure positive point is that the writer was keeping up my interest from beginning to end. I was feeling like I would smash into an exciting happening with every turned page… I’m not sure it really happened, though. There were actions, a lot in fact, but after reading the whole book, most of them seem superfluous. They show us what underground, messy, crime-filled London life is supposed to be like, I get that. They simply do not have a point storywise. Knowing the ending, very few actions make sense as part of the novel. We get a closure, and with that, kind of a backstory, but it’s not a very satisfying one. Okay, it explains things. And all the other happenings are a background on which the writer paints his masterpiece, right? I don’t know… it’s alright, but why have I ‘assisted’ to all those crimes then, if they had nothing to do with anything?
Let’s give it a grade!
- Story: 3/5
- Characters: 3/5
- Style: 4/5
- The Subjective Factor: 4/5
- GPA: 3,5
I’m not sure what makes it different from other books, but somehow it has a different feel. I haven’t read anything else written by this author, but I suspect I could recognize his work.
Those who like gangster stories might like this one, too. Noir fans.
Beer. Nothing fancy, the cheap canned type.
Heavy metal, maybe. Death metal? The rattling kind.
In spite of all of the above, this book made me feel something. It wasn’t ‘just another book’. I do not say I wouldn’t give a chance to another Ken Bruen novel.
Thank you for reading my review! If you have something to say, please, feel free to add a comment below, I’d be really happy to talk with you! 😉