Comments: 5
Lillelara 2 years ago
Ugh, I hate that kind of writing. I always wonder what these authors are thinking when they write this purple prose.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
In the case of this book, it was probably "Oh, dear. I have no plot. How else can I reach my word count?". There literally was one section where she listed a whole lot of synonyms.
Sounds like an inferior copycat of Karen Maitland. (And I don't particularly like Maitland.)

Just out of passing interest: If this is set during a plague outbreak, and all that is known that one man is missing: Why even conclude that he must have been murdered, with all that death caused by the plague? Why shouldn't he have died of the plague, too (and fallen into a ditch somewhere, or something of the sort)? To misquote a character from Ellis Peters's "One Corpse too Many" (where the corpse of a murdered man is hidden in plain sight among those of 94 hanged men): "What's one more?"
BrokenTune 2 years ago
I don't think it is "the" plague, but there are several villagers who have come down with fevers who are not expected to survive. But I absolutely agree with your point. As I keep noting - there is no body, so how do we positively know that anyone has actually died? And since the story is going backwards, they are (surely) not going to find a body in the last chapter.

So, Karen Maitland's writing is similar? If so, I'll make sure to pass up on her books. I think the "Liars" (?) one is on my TBR.
Perhaps not quite as purple, and I'll grant that she's good at creating an atmosphere (one that, in "Company of Liars", is so dreary that the atmosphere alone sufficed to thoroughly wear me down before I wasn't even halfway done), but her plotting definitely suffers from bouts of "Waiting for Godot" [review] syndrome. And the structure of "Company of Liars" is similar to this book's in that it, too, uses a (partially reverse-chron) "layer by layer" technique of unraveling; in this instance, the backstories of the characters making up the titular "Company".