Title: A Shot in the Dark
Author: Lynne Truss
Page Count/Review Word Count: 326
I feel like I should have liked this book a lot more than I did, and I’m not starting to wonder whether I like Lynne Truss’s work as much as I thought I did after not enjoying two of her books in a row.
This one had been particularly hyped up for me because it was set in Brighton in the early part of the 20th century and it’s been compared to Brighton Rock by Graham Greene. Given that she’d mentioned it twice within the first twenty pages, it felt a little bit too on the nose. Greene is one of my favourite writers and Brighton Rock is arguably his most well-known book, although it’s not my favourite of his. It was still miles better than this, though.
I think a lot of my feelings for this one came back to the writing style, which just didn’t sit well with me. There was nothing technically wrong with it, and so it was just personal preference. It’s hard to put my finger on what exactly it was, but there was something smug and self-satisfied about it. It was kind of like when someone tells you a joke and then laughs at their own punchline.
I’ll still keep giving Truss’s stuff a go though, it’s just that we’ve gone from me loving the first three books of hers that I read to having almost a fifty/fifty success rate, which isn’t great. If she drops below the 50% mark then I’m going to have to drop her from my list of authors where I want to read everything that they ever wrote.
Still, if you love old school crime novels and you’re a big fan of Graham Greene, you might like this one. Just because I didn’t, it doesn’t mean that you won’t.