Thursday, 12 September 2013

Our Kind of Traitor, by John Le Carré | Review Thursdays

In my mission to get into reading more crime books I thought I’d give John Le Carré a go, and picked up Our Kind of Traitor in the library.

I have to say I was quite disappointed by it. I came into it with very few expectations except that it would be good (it was shelved in the ‘classics’ section!) and I found it very slow-moving and confusing.

I was left unclear as to what was actually happening for most of the novel – though I thought it was clever that the investigation went on ‘at the same time’ (through flashbacks) as the events.  A disadvantage of that, though, was that it meant that the first 50 pages or so of the book made me think the rest of it would be far more exciting than it actually was!

I also thought the ending of the book was a bit of a cop-out (perhaps because it’s very similar to the ending of Chris Colfer’s Struck By Lightning) and overall the book left me underwhelmed.

One out of five stars. 

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