Poison Bay – Belinda Pollard

I share a love of hiking, bad knees and a fear of heights with the author, Belinda Pollard, which boded well for whether I’d appreciate her debut novel, Poison Bay. And there were indeed many aspects of the book to appreciate: exemplary research, an evocative location, consistently spot-on narrative pacing, a deepening mystery and an intriguing ensemble cast. For the most part, the author handles all these spinning plates deftly. So why did I feel a slight let-down after all was said and done? It took a while for me to realise, but I think it was the plot-versus-character...

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