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From the Hardcover edition.
Posted May 22, 2012
Conflicted as the Main Character
“It began at Avebury. But it did not end there”
When retired policeman George Sharp goes to Prague and attempts to convince David Umber to come back to London with him and look into the crime that brought Umber and his wife, Sally, together 23 years earlier Umber is more than a little skeptical. Umber has tried to put that event and Sally, who died five years earlier in a supposed suicide, behind him. But with so many unanswered questions haunting him and the urgings of an anonymous letter signed by the long dead Junius – the subject of Umber’s abandoned thesis - Umber decides to give Sharp a chance. As they start back down the old familiar tracks, strange things occur and the investigation takes a turns neither of them could have expected.
I found the lack luster writing style and uninspiring characters bothersome. The characters tended to be flat and not very dynamic, especially when it came to the dialogue. These two major factors niggled at me the whole way through the book. What kept me going was the actual plot. Some other reviews I read complained the plot was too complicated and hard to follow, frankly I don’t agree with them. The use of the Junius figure, an eighteenth-century polemicist known for his scathing letters on the British government, and the interest in finding out his real identity coupled with the twist and turns of the investigation was fascinating to me. Goddard slowly doles out information so you aren’t quite sure what will happen in the end in a way I liked and he did eventually answer the questions haunting Umber.
I debated long and hard about my rating for this book and I just couldn’t bring myself to give it three stars. A good book should not only have a good plot, but also decent writing and strong characters; which is why I only gave Sight Unseen two stars. I do want to state, however, I haven’t completely written off Robert Goddard and plan on giving him another try at some later date when my some of my dissatisfaction has bled off.
Posted December 9, 2008
In the summer of 1981 near the Avebury Neolithic henge circle, a woman walks with three children a nine or ten years old boy and a seven years old girl are slightly ahead of the adult and the third child is a toddler. Suddenly a man grabs the infant whose sister reacts instantly and gives chase while the nanny stares in revulsion. The kidnapper jumps into a van, runs over his seven years old pursuer, and flees with his catch. Historian David Umber witnessed the horror over twenty-five years ago in which Tamsin Hall was abducted and her older sister Miranda killed. David eventually married the stunned nanny but his wife never moved on from the shock that initially bound them until she finally committed suicide filled with guilt that she was negligent in her diligence. --- Retired Wiltshire Chief Inspector Sharp informs David he received an anonymous letter with clues to what happened on that fatal day in ¿81. The letter focuses on the true identity of an eighteenth century political meddler known as Junius, who happens to be the subject of Umber's Ph.D. research. David begins to reconsider his wife¿s suicide and wonders if someone murdered her to further bury the truth. The historian and the former cop team up to follow the new leads to hopefully uncover a murderous kidnapper. --- If not the best, Robert Goddard has to be one of the top five suspense writers today. With exhilarating works like BORROWED TIME, HAND IN GLOVE, and now SIGHT UNSEEN, Mr. Goddard consistently entertains with exciting tales that are plausible and gripping. His current thriller will hook the audience from the opening 1981 sequence and throughout until the final present day confrontation thus another great thriller from a genre grandmaster. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.