#CF Chris Hammer
by Chris Hammer
Finish date: 15 May 2022
Genre: Crime fiction
Bad news: Biggest problem: The storyline is TOO complicated! I just could not wrap my head around all the subplots. Unless you’re a master writer, you shouldn’t use more than 2 subplots to your main one! You have 1 dead man…a bloody knife and a narrator that finds the body! Unfortunately Chris Hammer managed to muddy the waters with deaths in narrator’s childhood, alludes to death in previous book…multiple deaths on a beach including a swami! Oh, and don’t forget the dead sharks! It was just TOO much. Bah.
Bad news: Memories: There are traumatic memories that keep popping up in the narrative of the main character Martin (journalist). I found that it jolted the reader out of the plot about the current murder. I was asked to switch my concentration back and forth too often.
Bad news: Family life: I get it that a journalist/detective has a private life and it is an integral part of the CF novel these days…but Martin’s toddler Liam is mentioned 178x! Less is more!
Good news: Title: The title is the first hook: SILVER… what is it? This intrigues the reader. Silver = the dream, the wealth which tempts, corrupts and destroys people (greed?) Port Silver = setting; Silver = vein of expensive metal (pg 354); Silver = thin thread of a necklace once worn by Martin’s partner (pg 326) Silver = 30 pieces of silver (betrayal?) (pg 409) Location: Port Silver is on the far north coast of New South Wales near Byron Bay and, in Martin’s eyes, is becoming gentrified.
Personal: In all honesty…this 2nd book in the series #2 Martin Scarsden (journalist) pales in comparison to Scrublands. After 15 chapters (50%) I started to loose interest. The plot contains a murder but I felt the “chessboard” of moving pieces of real estate subplot (block a golf course and marina, close a cheese factory, block a housing subdivision and save a pristine beach)…just pushed me out of the story. Mr Hammer has not found the the perfect balance of telling readers just enough for the story to make sense and come to life, without sharing so much.
I felt the book was too long and I #WastedTwoDays trying to make sense of this book.