Curtain Call is a novel written by Anthony Quinn and is set in the streets of 1930’s London where murders are being committed by the ‘Tie-Pin Killer’. Within this book we are also introduced to various characters who soon become entwined by the events that occur, and may slowly but unknowingly become in danger themselves.
I’d never encountered a story that was set in the 1930’s, so I was really excited to see what it had it store for me. The first feature I noticed was the amount of detail, which I found was perfect, especially when describing the environment. It offered just enough to be able to visualise it and imagine it as if I a part of the environment too, and I really enjoyed this.
Additionally, the use of bars made the plot rich in detail as almost all of the characters frequented bars and had a life aside from wondering who the Tie-Pin Killer was and when they were going to strike next. If anything, the murders made up 50% of the story and the characters lives made up the other half. However, the murders were the most least interesting thing, until it affected one of the characters first hand later in the book. At that point, it got really exciting, but then it went a bit boring and sadly, I finished the book at little disgruntled.
Plot Rating: 2½ out of 4 Stars
There a 4 main characters within this book, each with their own story that slowly becomes one big story. Usually, when there a numerous characters, I tend to forget who is who and what their story is, but the writing and plot is successful in having unique characters that are easily memorable, and for that I applaud Anthony Quinn.
I’ll be honest and say that I preferred some characters and their stories over others, such as Madeline’s. Despite this however, I found each character unique and captivating in their own way, with Erksine’s quirkiness and Nina’s confidence offering a nice change of scene at each chapter.
Character Rating: 3 out of 4 Stars
With a rich plot and diverse characters, you’d think this book was hooking, but it isn’t. Sadly, the pace doesn’t quite go well with the plot, and you have to wait for a few chapters till something good happens, and I found this a little laborious. Furthermore, the good parts happen in the middle of the story, which was a little disappointing to realise at the end because I expected drama and thriller to occur throughout, not in a cluster.
Grip: ½ out of 2 Stars
Overall, Curtain Call is nice read, but only if you’re out of other books to read. It’s quite an effort to read and I almost felt like not finishing it, that is until I reached the middle of the story and found the scenes exciting, only to be left dissatisfied once I’d finished the whole story.
Overall Rating: 2½ + 3 + ½ = 6 out of 10 Stars
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