Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Review of Journey to Death by Leigh Russell (Thomas and Mercer, 2016)
I thought I’d give Journey to Death a read since it was a mystery set in the Seychelles and I fancied a virtual visit. However, beyond the prologue and descriptions of tourist settings, the reader doesn’t really get a good sense of the place and its history and people; instead it acts merely as a backdrop. Moreover, the mystery itself is quite weak and much of the plot seemed inexplicable – the choices the Halls make, the security in the hotel and the actions of its staff with regards evidence, and the island’s policing given events. Despite the deeply troubling events - her mother abducted, a handful of attempts on Lucy’s life, a related murder - no-one seems to very troubled, let alone does anything substantial. What keeps the reader hooked is discovering who is attacking the family and Russell’s pacy and breezy writing. Overall, an okay read that lacked depth and realism.