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This novel was the Times Crime Book of the Month, but it's not, as I found out, a traditional crime book since from near the start, you know whodunnit but just not why. It's more of a character based novel, though there is the traditional detective and investigation. It focuses on the aftermath of a mass shooting and the experience of the shooter's mother and the mother of one of the victims.

It just left me a bit flat. It belongs to the sub genre of crime which focuses on the death of a child and the suffering of the parent; there seems to be a lot of this around in TV and film as well as books. The writing is good, but it is slow, and there's just a lot of scenes of women being miserable and grief stricken without this moving the story on in any way. It felt overwritten; there were lots of conversations without real drama or interest, and I got bored and started skimming. I don't understand why it has met with so much praise.

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