Denial (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2006
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Very early in the novel the author shows the amount of violence (think Thomas Harris) that the actress' son is capable of. This resulted in me being very anxious whenever one of the "good guys" seemed to fall into one of the traps set by the highly intelligent Thomas Lamark. Later in the book, when some of the many plotlines come together, the pressure on the criminal increases and culminates in a gripping showdown.
The only problem I had with the book is that some things seemed too coincidental. For example there is a secondary character who just happens to drop a name out of the blue when the plot threatens to go nowhere. Apart from that "Denial" is a very suspenseful thriller that reads quickly and is almost impossible to put down.
Another surprise - there was even some philosophizing by the psychiatrist main character that gives food for thought in light of all that happened. As a psychotherapist, myself, I am well aware of how we can never be sure of how our supposedly brilliant (at least in our own minds) interventions will affect our clients and/or others in their close circles. Hope I never have a client with a son like in this book. But I am still thinking about the implications of making comments, some of them off-the-cuff, that we may think are illuminating, helpful, life-changing when, in fact, they may be inconsiderate or even hurtful.
Thanks for a good intelligent read, Peter James.
The chapters are short sharp and punchy. There is a lot of graphic torture based violence which is very gory at times – think Silence of the Lambs crossed with Psycho and you have a good idea of what you will be getting into with this one.
The writing is OK for the most part, although I was surprised about the number of missing words and in particular the fact that the name of Glen’s wife changed from Grace to Ari and back again. Gloria herself is described as being 59 at the start of the book but we are later told she was 69. I don’t really expect errors like that from an author and publishing house of this stature, especially in a book that was first written pre-e book days when I think editorial standards were definitely higher.
There is one thing that I really did not like about this book and that is the way he portrays the relationship between Thomas and his mother. He brilliantly manages to convey the exact nature of the relationship at the start of the book in just one sentence. Thomas is taking his mother breakfast in bed dressed in his dressing gown and just by telling me that Gloria liked him to be naked under the dressing gown tells me everything I need to know about the relationship. What I don’t need is further graphic scenes of what is in fact child abuse but told in quite a salacious way, particularly the bathtub scene which really left a sour taste in my mouth. It was unnecessary and overshadowed the rest of the read for me.