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I love a good crime novel and Karin Slaughter caught my eye some time back and I got a few from this author at the same time. I only just got round to reading one of these and yesterday picked up 'Martin Misunderstood'.
Martin is a chap who is in a senior position at a chemical cleaner factory and lives with his mum. He mum is a bully at home. His colleagues are bullies at work. We are introduced to his mum and colleagues and given a little information about each one, including how they tease him for his 'beak' both before and after his rhinoplasty.
One of Martin's colleague's, Sandy, does not arrive to work one day and a short time after Martin is arrested on suspicion of her murder. His lawyer is about 12 years old and really not interested in his 'alibi' for the evening. There is no innocent until proven guilty with this case. But did he really do it?
I must admit that before I have even finished the first chapter I thought 'this is rubbish, I can not be bothered' and I nearly skipped to the end to see the outcome. However.... I persevered and stuck it out for the entire 147 pages. It took me around one and half hours to read this book so it did pass a bit of time.
I was correct about the story starting off badly, it continued on that ilk and ended badly. I had 'guessed' the outcome very early on in the book and was most disappointed when I was correct. No mystery in this book whatsoever.
I think that the majority of this book is tame and would appeal to early teens. There is just one bit, lasting about two pages, that is graphically sexual (pages 110 -111) so just check it out as an adult first if you allow your child to read it.
Overall, I am really disappointed in this novel. It was verging on comedy - in a very bad way.
I do have more Slaughter novels to read and I really hope she can redeem herself!