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Sunday's Child: 03/11/07
Sunday's Child appealed to me for the problem of disposing of a body (sort of like the Panama canal in Arsenic and Old Lace) but the book disappointed. The disposal of the body is almost secondary to the rest of the book which seems to be a never ending monologue from the protagonist. If only his thoughts on life and love were more interesting!
For the first few chapters, hearing Geoffrey Chadwick's thoughts on being gay and how different generations of men act differently to being gay. By the time the book starts to include flashbacks to Chadwick's wife and daughter which are supposed to poignant and tragic I just didn't care any more. Chadwick can't complete a simple task without waxing on about some sort of flashback or some sort of theory of sex for a minimum of five pages.
Character development is important to well told story but in a thriller, there has to be some plot too. Sunday's Child is unfortunately off balance with too much emphasis on character at the expense of the plot. Take out all the monologue and the book might count as a novella.