Written by Mick Herron
Number 2 in Slough House
Publisher: Soho Crime
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Espionage
Original Language: English
Read from 2022-12-03 to 2022-12-09
Read in English
Review: High expectations is a double-edged sword. I dove into this book expecting more of what I got in the first book in the series: a proper spy-novel with a bunch of humour in it. It’s a fine balance to strike, and, for me, this book didn’t manage to strike it. This felt like a book which was intended to be funny, with a spy-plot, rather than a spy-novel which was also funny. The plot felt contrived in a way where it might have just about got away with it if it were told with more background/side-plots/elaboration which made everything just a little bit more plausible.
That’s not to say the book wasn’t enjoyable. The characters hold up, and still feel remarkably well-rounded, considering how little time is actually spent on each of them. The funny parts are funny most of the time, but at times it just becomes a little too much: the constant asides occasionally distract too much from the plot.
That said, off of the strength of the characters alone, and the potential of the premise, there is no way I’m not continuing to follow this series.