by John McCabe
Paper was not my first McCabe book, which is just as well. At least I know he can do much better.
The issue I had with this particular book is that it seems to go nowhere and takes its time getting there. I was over halfway through before even a semblance of a plot began to emerge. Even then it was a bit think on the ground. You can get away with a lack of plot if the characters and narrative can make up for it. But in this case, they don’t.
The story centres around scientist Dr Darren White and his dream of making an earth-shattering discovery. As the book progresses Dr White begins to make some progress but at the expense of his career and relationships. To be honest, I found I didn’t really care if he succeeded or not. McCabe failed to make his lead character even remotely likeable.
I found the book difficult to finish and was relieved when it was.
I can’t recommend this particular book, but I know from having previously read “Big Spender” I know that McCabe can be funny and can be an excellent storyteller. I won’t let this stop me reading more.