Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Dusty Pages Review: The Case of the Imaginary Detective
Rima Lanisell has a habit of losing things - car keys, sunglasses, lovers, family members. Following the death of Rima's father, she goes to stay with her godmother Addison, a wildly successful, albeit eccentric, mystery writer. Addison's beach house seems the place to make sense of Rima's loss, yet she is soon caught up in a mystery of her own. Who stole a small and highly valuable object from Addison's kitchen? Why is Rima corresponding with an obsessive fan, using someone else's family name? Most importantly: what exactly was the relationship between Addison and Rima's father, and why did Addison name a murderer after him in one of her novels?
It was a struggle for me to get from one end of this book to the other. Not only was it easy for me to put down but there was little to no desire to pick it back up again. I had to force myself to finish it. Nothing really seemed to happen, every time I thought here we go a bit of action, it fizzled out. The main character Rima is rather dull and spends most of the book moping. Things started to pick up a bit when Pamela Price made her appearance but even that failed to live up to its potential and the shocking revelations were pretty darn tame.
I found this book told me things about the characters rather than showed me things and although there was a lot of dry humour in the book that appealed to me, if you look at the story as a whole it wasn't enough to keep me interested.
One thing that really annoyed me were there were long paragraphs from Addision's (a fictional writer in a work of fiction) book Ice City. It was like trying to read two stories at once and not being satisfied with the outcome of either.
I give this