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I didn't see "lack of atmosphere" as an issue in "Above Suspicion" -- on the contrary, there are lengthy descriptions how the individual places had changed; both in architecture and urban design and also in the more intangible aspects that create an atmosphere, such as people's attitude / behavior, and whatever you perceive is "in the air". Could it be that MacInnes was familiar with the Austria and Germany of the 1930s and 1940s, but NOT those of the 1970s, and thus was reluctant to lean too far out of the window blindly, fearing exposure?
BrokenTune 2 years ago
That could well be. I also don't remember being irked by anything similar in Above Suspicion - I really enjoyed it - but this one reads like a 40s plot complete with rather nondescript good v bad struggles ... there is no real depth to this. Like she took a draft written in the 40s and changed the date.
That's disappointing. :( I guess I should double check the decades and settings of the ones currently on my TBR then ...
BrokenTune 2 years ago
When I started reading last night, I really thought this was about someone fleeing across a border during WWII and suddenly she mentioned the Prague Spring which totally threw me. But yeah, this is supposed to be set in 1974. I wouldn't mind so much if she had been able to pull it off, but so far this is lacking in a few things...
I won't make this one a priority then, I guess! :(