I picked this book up on my recent trip to the library on a whim, it sounded interesting and I usually love dystopian novels or shows so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve not read anything by Claire North before so I went in with no expectations.
What if your life were defined by a number?
What if any crime could be committed without punishment, so long as you could afford to pay the fee assigned to that crime?
Theo works in the Criminal Audit Office. He assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full.
But when Theo’s ex-lover Dani is killed, it’s different. This is one death he can’t let become merely an entry on a balance sheet.
Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don’t add up…
I was immediately drawn to this book because of the premise which sounded so interesting. I love stories which require the reader to put themselves in a world which is a slightly skewed and dark version of their own. Kind of like a Black Mirror or Handmaids Tale frame of mind.
Unfortunately this was a DNF for me – a did not finish. Now this is something I haven’t done in a while, whenever I start a book, I feel compelled to finish it, even if I have to battle through. However with 84K I just couldn’t finish it, for the life of me.
I think this has a lot to do with the way it’s written. There are sentences which just trail off constantly and it’s such a disjointed narrative style that quite frankly drove me mad! I understand that this builds some suspense at times but it was literally every other paragraph.
As well as this, there was constant repetition of the same phrases and wording. Now I get it, you’re trying to reinforce an idea, but in every chapter there was a similar phrase and again, I just didn’t find this appealing at all.
Finally, the jumps between time and different POV of characters was so messy. Combined with the above two frustrations, I just could not get into it. Plus the characters aren’t easy to sympathise with or even understand.
Overall, I can’t in good conscience recommend this book to anyone. I’m quite disappointed since the premise sounded so great. But after slamming my head down in frustration and writing this review, I’ve found people who left glowing reviews for it so take my opinion with a healthy pinch of salt. Maybe I just didn’t ‘get’ what this novel was trying to do? I don’t know but either way, it’s definitely not for me.
Have you ever started reading a book and been unable to finish it? If so, what book? and why? Would love to chat in the comments!
Until next time,