Silver – Did not finish
Author: Chris Hammer
My rating: Unrated – did not finish
Genre: Mystery, Australian
Release Date: Published 1st October, 2019 by Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback, 576 pages
This is not a review; just a few notes on what I did read of this copy (provided, thank you, by Allen & Unwin).
I believe this book will appeal to many people but the novel simply wasn’t for me. No, seriously.
This is why:
I found it hard to connect with Martin, the main protagonist. He’s just not my kinda guy.
In fact, by almost a third of the way through, I still didn’t have any connection with Mandalay, Martin’s partner, either. There was little about their relationship that grabbed me.
There seemed to be a lot of listing. Different cars, different people, as though every ‘variation’ needed to be listed and described.
Plus, the people who were described felt a tad stereotypical to me. Martin’s initial meeting with his lawyer, for example. I found it hard to buy his overly relaxed beach shirt wearing character. It seemed too over the top. Then, a description of the girl working in the fish and chip shop. She was young, bored and unhelpful. Yeah, I know the type, but it lacked interest and nuance.
Here are some good points (Yay!):
There is an area of description in which Hammer excels: describing place and other natural elements. The story was set in the town of Port Silver, a small beach side town, the style of which I’m well acquainted with having grown up in Queensland. Small town, ocean, sugarcane, heat, afternoon storms, flooding – I really enjoyed Hammer’s descriptions of these elements.
The mystery was being layered into the story nicely from what I could tell. If anything would keep me reading, it would have been that. Now I have a slight pang that I’ll never know the truth.
So, after just over 200 pages I admitted defeat because it’s a long book, I still wasn’t hooked and life is short.