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Sunday 15 May 2022

A Tidy Ending by Joanna Cannon


To be honest, the mystery of this is not 'who did it' because it's easy to guess fairly early on who is responsible for the murder of four young women, and I was feeling rather smug when I read the last line that confirmed my guess.

What keeps you glued to the pages are the characters, the twists and turns that foil the police and just about every other character who think they know who the culprit is, but are wrong. So, so wrong.

The main character is a compound of recognisable traits: everyone knows someone with one of them. She's quiet, has been moulded by a tragic event in her childhood, is (seemingly) submissive, patient, dutiful, thorough, slightly OCD, desperately eager for friendship, and….clever. We all know someone with at least one of those qualities. Though, perhaps not one with all of them.

The author presents a totally unforgettable and quite mesmerising character. Brilliantly done. In fact, all the characters are brilliantly observed and together they make for an engaging and riveting read. Absolutely terrific.

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