Hmmmm…..I loved this book when I first started reading it – it’s really the sort of thing I go for often and it sounded really good – and it is, sortof?
The book is set in a futuristic Britain, one that is under strict surveillance by ‘The Witness’ – nobody can commit a crime without it being seen – even committing a crime is impossible as the system can pick up on thoughts, and bring you in for ‘fixing. Any mental health issues are cured – everyone is perfect. A completely open and safe country. Almost…
Our opening character is an investigator, Mielikki Neith, who is tasked with finding out who from ‘The Witness’ killed Diana Hunter – a lady who has somehow managed to stay off grid, and whom ‘The Witness’ were trying to ‘fix’. Sounds good, and it was at this stage.
Meilikki dives into Diana’s memories and personality (the system can download it into her brain), and finds she has hidden herself into four different personalities – the task of trying to fix her whilst she hid in all of these caused Diana’s death.
The book is one big puzzle in which we hear the story of each of the personalities to try to find meaning – there is apparently a message left for Mielikki by Diana which she has to find and all will be revealed..
At least I think that’s the plot….I just lost it if i’m honest. I followed the stories, I enjoyed them, but then I just got confused when we went somewhere new, and I forgot who was who, and who connected to the other, etc. It’s just too complex for a pick up and read for a couple of hours a day. I think this book needs someone who will sit down all day with it, or over a weekend and just plough through it with no distractions, ie dinner to make in an hour, the other half watching ‘Endeavour’ in the background. Then again, for me, even if I’d sat down and ploughed through it I think I still would have really struggled.
So, if you like a good heavy complex book, then this is absolutely for you. Unfortunately, it was not for me.