A Cry from the Dark, by Robert Barnard

psalmcat's review against another edition

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Hmmm, well, first of all there is a Giant Red Herring in this book. This tics me off in mysteries, where the author leads you astray intentionally. Because, you see, in this case I knew, just knew, who the guilty party was. But I couldn't figure out why
Spoilerhe smelled of beer, as she told the cops


And I don't like Betty very much, for in spite of being one of those terrorist old ladies that scare the crap out of people just by being crusty, she's soft-headed. In fact, this is one of those books that you get to the end and realize there's really no one likable in it.

Or, is the point that we all do foul, awful things, but that doesn't really make us foul, awful people? And does legal punishment for a crime really help things in the end? That forgiveness is ultimately the most important thing? Or was she blackmailing him for 60 years?

Aaaargh. Well, Robert, you made me think. So that's good. And I love the descriptions of Bundaroo and London. So I'll graciously keep you as a List Author (as if I could stop myself from reading your books!).

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Meh. I liked the first Barnard I read a lot, but this one was unsatisfying for me. It's the story of an older author in England--who suffered a terrible tragedy in her youth in Australia. But suddenly the past has become very much the present, and she has to deal with things that she was never able to resolve before.