P. D. Viner is an award winning film-maker and audio-book producer, now turned novelist. He has studied film and theatre in England and Russia and produced documentaries for Japanese TV. He created the popular ranges of English Literature study guides – The SmartPass audio guides and Shakespeare Appreciated. He was a terrible stand-up comedian for a while and now lives in Brighton with his wife and five year old daughter.
What a mess people can make of their lives. This book is not a pleasant read. The subject a kidnapped, raped and murdered young woman obviously sets an atmosphere already. But there was something different in this book. It was filled with hate and revenge from various characters. Written from changing points of view and suddenly switching time lines made it an challenging read as I am not so great with them. Still that challenge did not stop me from reading this book. There were so many things going on and questions to be answered that I felt the need to unravel them before I was able to put the book down. Which happens pretty much at the end because there was not really a puzzle to solve.
I was not really able to connect with the characters. Only Jim hit my sympathy button but he made some weird decisions too. Patty and Tom where just kind of scary psychopath like people that scared me a little. At the end of the book I was left with the feeling that everybody has a prize even those on the police force which makes me doubt them a lot.
I am still not sure how much I liked the book. I feel this could be one of those people will rave about and where I missed out on some spectacular detail or hint which often happens with books that leave me in doubt.
The Last Winter of Dani Lancing
Author: P. D. Viner
Crown: eBook | Hardcover | AudioBook