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A fantastic murder/mystery
Revelation - C.J. Sansom
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Revelation - C.J. Sansom
Advantages: Brilliant narrative
I picked up 'Revelation' by C.J. Sansom while doing my weekly shopping in Tesco. I spent as couple of weeks eyeing this book up before actually purchasing it. I am a big fan of the murder mystery genre, of which this is included, but for some strange reason I kept faulting on buying it. When I finally did buy the book, I was very glad that I made the right decision. It is a great read!
'Revelation' is part of the Shardlake series (for those who are not familiar, Matthew Shardlake is the main character in the series of books). I have to be honest and say that I have never read any of the other Shardlake books, so this was my first, but it has wetted my appetite.
The story, and the whole of the Shardlake series, is set in the 16th Century. This particular story is set in spring 1543, before Henry VIII is set to marry Catherine Parr.
Matthew Shardlake is a lawyer within Lincolns Inn in London and is about to undertake a case of a young boy who is suffering from a 'religious mania'. The young boy is forever praying that his sins will be forgiven and is constantly praying. Matthew takes on the case as the young boy has been sent to the Bedlam asylum and his parents are convinced that he will be burned at the stake for being classed as a heretic. It is Matthews's job to try and stop this happening.
Matthew's closest friend is then horrifically murdered and Matthew promises his widow that he will find the murderer and bring them to justice. Matthew's journey to find the killer then takes him on a rollercoaster of a ride through which he finds that the murderer is a serial killer and is on a mission to prove his point.
I don't want to go into too much of the plot as I will spoil it for you all!!
I have to say that I was not expecting too much from this book, but how wrong I was! I couldn't put the book down and it really got me hooked.
The narrative of the book is fantastic. Matthew is the story teller and everything that happens is told from his point of view. The beauty of this is that Sansom has written it so that Matthew tells you in an objective way and you make your mind up throughout the book.
There are two other characters that need a mention and they are Jack Barak and Guy Malton. Barak is Matthew's clerk and Malton is Matthew's physician and friend. Both of these characters join Matthew on the search for the killer, but there own personal stories are described in the book. Barak's relationship with his wife and Malton's relationship with his apprentice. Throughout the book their own personal life and relationships are exposed along with Matthew's relationship with Dorothy, the widow of his murdered friend.
It is a lengthy book at 624 pages, but is such an addictive read that you don't even realise that it is lengthy!! Sansom has written the book so smoothly that you just glide through the pages at ease!
If you love your murder mystery and suspense then this is definitely the read for you!
Summary: Easy to read and a brilliant story