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In Pale Battalions

In Pale Battalions - Robert Goddard I had mixed feelings about this book. It was not what I had expected. It is a murder mystery with lots of twists and turns.

I found the first 150 pages of the book a struggle and many times I thought I would just put it down but reading the other reviews of the book helped me continue on to the end.

This is a murder mystery set within a family home which takes place around the first world war. I found this book lacking as I had expected more war references and think that Goddard shied away from the historical side of things which I needed in order for this book to work, but this was not what the book was about and while the murder mystery side of the book is well written it is a little predictable and at times I found it rambled on quite a bit.

I also found the writing style did not work for me as they story is recounted from one person to another and just did not have enough punch for me. I did find the second half of the book does pick up pace and is quite readable but for me it was a little too late.

I found the characters really annoying and quite badly developed and to be honest by the end was not really bothered who had actually "DONE IT"

I would have rated this book 2.5 stars.