Although this book has been out for a month now, after reading it I decided I just had to review it.
I absolutely loved the way 'Magpie Murders' was written. A book within a book, what an enjoyable and refreshing approach. The two stories were woven together so brilliantly and made for a fantastic read.
It only took about two pages before I became completely engrossed, nothing could distract me. I read on and on, before I knew it I was halfway through which shocked me because quite often I find the first half of a book can be a little slow, but not this one! It maintained a brilliant pace throughout.
Atticus Pünd joins the ranks of great detectives and I ended up wishing that it was a real series so could read the other books!
There was plenty of tension as the story crossed between the mysteries and it was all drawn together so beautifully at the end.
I'm very pleased to say that I'm giving this book 5 out of 5! It's officially one of the books on my 'Five star favourites' shelf.
A fresh take on the classic whodunnit, so elegantly written and in an engaging format, it's formidable and riveting and keeps you guessing until the last minute. Definitely give it a read.
I really enjoyed this book. It's the first book I've read by Ben Aaronovitch and it definitely won't be the last. I'm certainly going to catch up on all of the 'Rivers of London' books I've missed out on. I must say that if you've never read any Peter Grant books, it might be a good idea to do so before reading 'The Hanging Tree'. I found that I had to concentrate quite a bit on trying to understand the connections between certain characters and things that had happened in the past. Once I was in the middle of the book and immersed in Peter's world, it was a lot easier, but I think that reading the others in the series would've avoided this.
Other than that, 'The Hanging Tree' was really enjoyable to read, there were witty remarks from the characters and plenty of humour throughout. I especially enjoyed the reference to Sharon and Darren on the Jeremy Kyle show!
There was plenty of magic, gripping tension and humour which constantly made me smile, but it took more concentration than usual due to references to the other books in the series, which, if you haven't read them are difficult to understand. For these reasons I give 'The Hanging Tree' 4 out of 5. Definitely worth a read but I would recommend reading the others first. However, if they're as good as this one, that won't be a chore.
This e-book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.