Sunday, 14 August 2011

Armchair Novel Review - The Endless Knot

The Endless Knot
A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery
Written by Gail Bowen

Paperback, 304 pages
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover

Gail Bowen has been referred to as a "National Treasure", her intelligent and well plotted novels have won praise and awards not only in Canada but worldwide.

I found The Endless Knot, the first Joanne Kilbourn mystery that I have read so far, to be refreshingly literary. There is something about Bowen's writing that makes you slow down a bit and savour the tempo. Her heroine is poised and self-assured, genteel and educated without being overbearing.

It almost reads as an autobiography, as we follow the mystery through Joanne's eyes and experiences.

A shrewd and single-minded journalist has released a tell-all book about the children of famous Canadians. Interviewed at their most vulnerable and led to feel safe during the process, the subjects are blind-sided by the resulting exposé. The journalist, Kathryn Morrissey, is shot outside of her own home and a court case ensues - the defense attorney being Joanne's new love Zach Shreve.

Bowen is able to write intelligently and knowingly about Canadian law and politics while keeping the novel very personal. She examines love and trust, weakness and strength, and the complicated threads that bind families together.

Gail Bowen is definitely an author worth getting to know better.
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